November has not been kind to the ACC trio of Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  Closing Month?  More like Hosing Month:  the Terps and Hokies are 1-2 since Halloween while the Cavaliers are 0-3.  Call it more of a Columbus Day Curse:  the trio are 2-12 since October 15th.  That is not finishing with a flourish– it’s flaming out with fury.  Let the record show that Presto’s Picks is a pedestrian 16-14 this month.

Alma Mater Update-– once again the Orange are keeping things interesting…needing a victory Thanksgiving weekend to lock up a bowl bid.  After coming up short at home against Pitt, SU tries to slow down the nation’s leading rusher in Boston College’s Andre Williams.  Maryland fans know how that works out.  At least the Orange celebrate another Maui Invitational title… I’m wondering if we can put that banner next to the pair of Pinstripe Bowl flags.

Maryland at NC State-– I’m surprised the Terps weren’t given a 9am kickoff in their final ACC game…and I’m still holding my breath until the league decides not to create a bowl in Saskatoon to send the Terps to.  Maryland might have issues…but the Wolfpack are winless in the ACC.  But then again, so is Virginia and the Cavaliers came within a missed field goal of beating the Terps in College Park.  Will CJ Brown run wild against a defense that’s allowed at least 30 points in four of the last five weeks?  Terrapins Triumph, 36-28.

Virginia Tech at Virginia– the Hokies look to wrap up a decade of dominance, shooting for a 10th straight win over the Cavaliers.  UVa would just like to avoid their first 10-loss campaign since the early 80’s and before the George Welsh era.  Kevin Parks stands 74 yards shy of 1,000 for the season, but he’ll be trying to run against a Hokie Defense ranked #1 in the ACC.  And except when trailing by 20+ points, the Cavalier passing game is rather passive.  Can Tech get out of its own way on offense and actually run the ball?  Can they avoid turnovers and special teams breakdowns?  The Hokies can actually still claim a share of the Coastal Division with a win plus a Duke loss to North Carolina…a result that would sent VT to the ACC title game against #2 Florida State.  Hokies hold on, 19-15.

Last Week:  4-3

Overall: 66-29