Thursday, Nov. 8
Florida State (8-1, 5-1) at Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3)
Where: Blacksburg, Va., Lane Stadium (66,233)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The blitz: If the Seminoles can lose at N.C. State they can fall in chilly Blacksburg before a raucous Thursday night crowd. Florida State must run the ball well and hit on some long pass plays, which have been issues for the Hokies on the road. Virginia Tech must force turnovers to give its offense some short fields and not commit so many self-inflicted wounds on offense and special teams, which have been anything but special. Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel will be the difference.
Pick: Florida State, 27-14.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Miami (5-4, 4-2) at Virginia (3-6, 1-4)
Where: Charlottesville, Va., Scott Stadium (61,500)
The blitz: Maybe the open date prior to Virginias 33-6 win at NC State last weekend was a rebirth for the Cavaliers. If so, the youthful Hurricanes could struggle getting out of Scott Stadium with a needed victory. ...