Previewing Week 7 In ACC Football: Saturday, October 17

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Louisville (2-3, 1-1 ACC) at #11/8 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 ACC)
Noon on ESPN at Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

The Series: Florida State leads 13-2; Florida State leads 8-1 at home

The Coaches: Bobby Petrino: 52-16 (6th year) at Louisville, 94-37 (11th year) overall; Jimbo Fisher: 63-11 (6th year) at Florida State and overall

Last week: Louisville had an open date; Florida State def. Miami 29-24

Of note: The teams meet in Tallahassee for the first time since 2000, when the second-ranked Seminoles posted a 31-0 win ... FSU has won eight straight vs. the Cardinals at home since Louisville’s 41-14 win in the series opener at Doak Campbell Stadium in 1952 ... Sophomore QB John Unitas led the Cardinals, completing 17 of 22 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns ... FSU won last year’s meeting at Louisville, 42-31, as the Seminoles rallied from a 21-0 deficit behind three TD passes by QB Jameis Winston and two long scoring runs by RB Dalvin Cook.

Ones to watch: Louisville freshman WR Devante Peete has nine receptions, including his first career touchdown catch in the Oct. 3 win at NC State ..FSU junior DE DeMarcus Walker recorded a career-high two sacks in he win over Miami and now leads the Seminoles with 3.5 on the season.

Next week: Boston College at Louisville (Oct. 24); Florida State at Georgia Tech (Oct. 24)


Pitt (4-1, 2-0 ACC) at Georgia Tech (2-4, 0-3 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)

The Series:  Pitt leads 5-4; Pitt leads 2-1 at Georgia Tech

The Coaches:  Pat Naduzzi: 4-1 (1st year) at Pitt and overall; Paul Johnson: 60-39 (8th year) at Georgia Tech; 167-78 (19th year) overall

Last week: Pitt def. Virginia 26-19; Clemson def. Georgia Tech 43-24

Of note: : Georgia Tech seeks its third straight win in a series that began with three straight games in Pittsburgh (all Panther wins) from 1918 through 1920 ... The teams didn’t meet again for the next 35 years, until the Yellow Jackets posted consecutive postseason wins vs. Pitt in the 1955 Sugar Bowl and 1956 Gator Bowl ... Georgia Tech is 2-0 vs. the Panthers in ACC play, including last season’s 56-28 win at Heinz Field ... RB Broderick Snoddy ran for 82 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting Yellow Jackets, offsetting RB James Conner’s for 119 yards and three scores for Pitt.

Ones to watch: Pitt QB Nate Peterman threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s win over visiting Virginia ... Georgia Tech DL Adam Gotsis had eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown last Saturday vs. Clemson.

Next week: Pitt at Syracuse (Oct. 24); Florida State at Georgia Tech (Oct. 24)



Syracuse (3-2, 1-0) at Virginia (1-4, 0-1 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on RSN at Scott Stadium (61,500)

The Series:   Tied 2-2, Tied 1-1 at Virginia

The Coaches:   Scott Shafer: 13-17 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overall; Mike London: 24-42 (6th year) at Virginia; 48-47 (8th year) overall

Last week:  South Florida def. Syracuse 45-24; Pitt def. Virginia 26-19

Of note: The teams meet as the first time as ACC members and the first time since Virginia squeaked out a 27-24 win at the Carrier Dome in 2005 ... PK Connor Hughes kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift 25th-ranked Virginia, which led 24-14 before Syracuse rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter ... The Cavaliers also won at home in 2004, giving them two straight wins in the series ... The Orange took the first two meetings between the teams in 1975 at Charlottesville and in 1977 at Syracuse’s old Archbold Stadium.

Ones to watch: Syracuse sophomore WR Steve Ishmael hauled in his team-leading fifth career touchdown reception vs. South Florida ... Virginia DE Kwontie Moore returned a fumble recovery 27 yards for a touchdown in last weekend’s ACC road loss at Pitt.

Next week: Pitt at Syracuse (Oct. 24); Virginia at North Carolina (Oct. 24)



Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1 ACC) at Miami (3-2, 0-1 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ESPNU at Sun Life Stadium (64,982)

The Series:   Miami leads 19-13; Miami leads 11-6 at home

The Coaches:   Frank Beamer: 234-118-2 (29th year) at Virginia Tech; 276-141-4 (35th year) overall; Al Golden: 31-24 (5th year) at Miami; 58-58 (10th year) overall

Last week:  Virginia Tech def. NC State 28-10; Florida State def. Miami 29-24

Of note: Renewal of a Coastal Division series in which the visiting team has won each of the last two meetings -- Virginia Tech by a 42-24 score two years ago and Miami by a 30-6 count last year in Blacksburg ... RB Duke Johnson ran for 249 yards and scored two touchdowns to key last season’s Hurricane win ... The series began in 1953 and has seen the teams play regularly as both Big East and ACC rivals ... Miami won the first 12 meetings, but Virginia Tech has held the upper hand the past two decades, including winning streaks of five games (1995-99) and three games (2009-11).

Ones to watch: Virginia Tech WR Isaac Ford had three first-half touchdown receptions to lead the Hokies in last Friday night’s win over visiting NC State ... Miami WR Junior WR Stacy Coley finished the game against Florida State with a career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (139).

Next week: Duke at Virginia Tech (Oct. 24); Clemson at Miami (Oct. 24)



Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) at #5/6 Clemson (5-0, 1-0 ACC)
7 p.m. on ESPNU at Memorial Stadium (81,500)

The Series:  Clemson leads 13-9-2; Clemson leads 5-3-1 at home

The Coaches:  Steve Addazio: 17-15 (3rd year) at Boston College; 30-27 (5th year) overall; Dabo Swinney: 66-26 (8th year) at Clemson and overall

Last week:  Wake Forest def. Boston College 3-0; Clemson def. Georgia Tech 43-24

Of note: Clemson has won the last four meetings between the Atlantic Division teams and holds a 6-4 edge since Boston College joined the ACC for the 2005 season ... The Tigers clawed their way to a 17-13 victory last year at Chestnut Hill ... C.J. Davidson ran for a 32-yard touchdown with 9:35 to play and Clemson stopped the Eagles in the final minutes top preserve the win ... The teams first met in the 1939 Cotton Bowl, where Clemson emerged with a 6-3 win ... A combined seven games in the series between 1941 and 1953 were played at either Fenway Park or old Braves field in Boston.

Ones to watch: Boston College senior DB Justin Simmons had his third career fumble recovery in last Saturday’s ACC loss to Wake Forest ... Clemson RB Wayne Gallman is the first Tiger to have three straight games with 100-plus rushing yards in the same season since Reggie Merriweather in 2005.

Next week: Boston College at Louisville (Oct. 24); Clemson at Miami (Oct. 24)



Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2 ACC) at North Carolina (4-1, 1-0 ACC)
7 p.m. on RSN at Kenan Stadium (63,000)

The Series:  North Carolina leads 68-35-2; North Carolina leads 41-18-2 at home

The Coaches:  Dave Clawson: 6-12 (2nd year) at Wake Forest; 96-92 (16th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 25-18 (4th year) at UNC; 59-37 (8th year) overall

Last week:  Wake Forest def. Boston College 3-0; North Carolina had an open date

Of note: Wake Forest has won three of the last four in the series, including a 28-27 win at the Demon Deacons’ BB&T Field in the most recent meeting between the teams in 2012 ... QB Tanner Price threw for a career-high 327 yards in that game and scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard keeper with 2:09 remaining ... While Saturday’s meeting will be the 106th between the in-state rivals, the teams will be going head to head for just the fifth time since 2005 ... The schools have agreed to a home-and-home non-conference football series in 2019 and 2021.

Ones to watch:  Wake P Alexander Kinal averaged 49.3 yards on 10 punts vs. Boston College, including seven of 50-plus yards, a 62-yarder, and four inside the BC 20. ... LB Cayson Collins had 10 tackles ( nine solo), two tackles for loss and a forced a fumble in UNC’s 38-31 win at Georgia Tech on Oct. 3.

Next week:  NC State at Wake Forest (Oct. 24); Virginia at North Carolina (Oct. 24)