ACC Battle Puts Contenders on Display

A pair of ACC juggernauts will collide Saturday, each ranked within the top-10 of the BCS standings, but don’t mistake that for an equal matchup on the college football moneyline. When No. 7 Miami takes the field against No. 3 Florida State, they’ll do so as 22-point underdogs. With much to prove, thanks to one of the lightest workloads of any contender or even fringe contender in the NCAA this season, the Hurricanes will look to play FSU tight on the road. A solid performance, even in a loss, coupled with a manageable November, could put this team in a good position come bowl season. FSU, however, has only one bowl game in mind. Already with 9/4 odds of winning the BCS National Championship, an impressive showing against a No. 7 club could vault them even closer to equality with the perennial powerhouses in Alabama and Oregon who sit ahead of them in the standings. Think you know how the critical Week 10 conference pairing will unfold? Not only does it have the makings of an ACC classic, but one of the pivotal games of this college football season.