Big Ten-ACC Challenge: Confidence Picking the 12 Contests

Ryan CuriFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates against the Duke Blue Devils during first half action at Value City Arena on November 29, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After a decade of defeating the Big Ten, the ACC finds itself having lost the last three Big Ten-ACC Challenges. While the ACC is looking to steer back to its winning ways, it appears as though the Big Ten once again has the early advantage in conference superiority. 

Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame have all signed on to become members of the ACC in the future while the Big Ten recently added Rutgers and Maryland (currently in the ACC). For now though, there will only be 12 games.

If the challenge ends in a 6-6 deadlock, the Big Ten would technically win the challenge since it was last year's winner. While many of the games that I will soon mention could go either way, I see the Big Ten once again winning by an 8-4 total.

Here, I will rank the 12 matchups, counting down from which game I'm the most confident in (12) to the game that I'm the least confident in picking (1). While I won't include a score, I'll give a rough estimate of how many points said team will win by as well as the high scorer from the winning team.

(12) Indiana over North Carolina by 12 - Victor Oladipo

(11) Wisconsin over Virginia by 12 - Jared Berggren

(10) Clemson over Purdue by 11 - Devin Booker

(9) Illinois over Georgia Tech by eight - Joseph Bertrand

(8) Michigan over North Carolina State by eight - Trey Burke

(7) Northwestern over Maryland by six - Drew Crawford

(6) Wake Forest over Nebraska by six - Travis McKie

(5) Duke over Ohio State by four - Mason Plumlee

(4) Michigan State over Miami by four - Branden Dawson

(3) Virginia Tech over Iowa by three - Erick Green

(2) Penn State over Boston College by two - D.J. Newbill

(1) Minnesota over Florida State by two - Rodney Williams Jr.

Feel free to share your predictions before games start tonight. Six contests will take place on Tuesday while the other six tip off on Wednesday night.