Previewing Week 10 in ACC Football

Saturday, November 5
 #5/5 Louisville (7-1, 5-1) at Boston College (4-4, 1-4)
Noon | ESPN2 | Alumni Stadium (44,500)


The Series: Louisville leads 5-3; Tied 2-2 at Boston College
The Coaches: Bobby Petrino: 65-19 (7th year) at Louisville; 107-40 (12th year) overall; Steve Addazio: 21-25 (4th year) at BC; 34-37 (6th year) overall
Last week: Louisville def. Virginia 32-25; Boston College def. NC State 21-14

Of note: Louisville has won the last three in the series, including both games since joining the ACC for the 2014 season ... This year marks the 30th anniversary of the series opener, which saw Boston College post a 47-7 victory at Chestnut Hill ... The Cardinals edged the visiting Eagles 17-14 last season as QB Lamar Jackson ran for a short touchdown and passed for 230 yards ... Trevon Young’s fourth-down sack of Eagles QB Troy Flutie for a 4-yard loss sealed the win for Louisville.

Ones to watch: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander picked off two passes in last week’s win at Virginia and has five interceptions this season ... Boston College DB Kamrin Moore sealed last Saturday’s win over NC State with an interception in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining.

Next game: Wake Forest at Louisville (Nov. 12); Boston College at Florida State (Nov. 11)

Saturday, November 5
Pitt (5-3, 2-2 ACC) at Miami (4-4, 1-3 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC Network | Hard Rock Stadium (64,982)


The Series: Miami leads 24-10-1; Miami leads 10-6-1 at home 
The Coaches: Pat Narduzzi: 13-8 (2nd year) at Pitt and overall; Mark Richt: 4-4 (1st year) at Miami; 149-55 (16th year) overall
Last week: Notre Dame def. Miami 30-27; Virginia Tech def. Pitt, 39-36

Of note: Miami’s 29-24 win at Pitt last season gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 edge in ACC games since the Panthers joined the conference for the 2013 season ... Pitt’s 35-23 road win in 2014 at Miami Gardens snapped an eight-game Hurricanes winning streak in the series ... Miami has won 17 of the last 19 head-to-head meetings ... Miami’s win last season came in the regular-season finale and left both teams at 8-4 overall prior to their respective bowl game appearances. 

Ones to watch: Pitt OT Brian O’Neill has scored a pair of touchdowns this season, with the second one coming on a five-yard run last Thursday night vs. Virginia Tech ... Miami CB Adrian Colbert recorded a team-high six solo tackles, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss vs. Notre Dame. 

Next game: Pitt at Clemson (Nov. 12); Miami at Virginia (Nov. 12)

Saturday, November 5
Georgia Tech (5-3, 2-3) at #18/17 North Carolina (6-2, 4-1 ACC)
12:30 p.m.|  ACC Network | Kenan Stadium (63,000)


The Series: Georgia Tech leads 28-20-3; North Carolina leads 12-10-3 at home
The Coaches: Paul Johnson: 66-47 (9th year) at GT; 173-86 (20th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 38-22 (5th year) at UNC; 72-41 (9th year) overall
Last week: Georgia Tech def. Duke 38-35; North Carolina had an open date

Of note: UNC has captured a pair of high-scoring games in the past two meetings, winning 48-43 at home in 2014 and by a 38-31 score in Atlanta last season ... That followed Georgia Tech’s 68-50 win at UNC in 2012 in which the teams set an ACC record for combined points in a game ... Georgia Tech had won five consecutive games in the series-- and eight of the previous nine -- prior to the Tar Heels’ victories the past two seasons.

Ones to watch: Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas amassed 459 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns  in last Saturday’s win over Duke .. Junior LB Cole Holcomb had a team-high 10 tackles, including a 4-yard tackle for loss, in UNC’s 35-14 win at Virginia on Oct. 22.

Next game: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Nov. 12); North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 10)

Saturday, November 5
Virginia (2-6, 1-3 ACC) at Wake Forest (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
3 p.m.|  RSN | BB&T Field (31,500)


The Series: Virginia leads 34-14; Virginia leads 16-4 at Wake Forest
The Coaches: Bronco Mendenhall: 2-6 (1st year) at Virginia; 101-49 (12th year) overall; Dave Clawson: 11-21 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 101-101 (3rd year) overall
Last week: Louisville def. Virginia 32-25; Army West Point def. Wake Forest 21-13

Of note: Wake Forest has won the last two games in the series, which was first played in 1889 at Richmond ... That remains the only neutral site game between the programs, who have since met at campus sites ... Despite a 28-17 loss on its last trip to BB&T Field in 2008, the Cavaliers have historically found success in Winston-Salem, winning 16 of 20 meetings ... Wake Forest won 16-10 in 2012 at Virginia while limiting the Cavaliers to 48 yards rushing,

Ones to watch: Virginia junior WR Doni Dowling recorded his first two-touchdown receiving game last Saturday against Louisville ... Wake Forest LB Jaboree Williams had three tackles for loss, including a sack, in last Saturday’s game vs. visiting Army West Point. 

Next game: Miami at Virginia (Nov. 12); Wake Forest at Louisville (Nov. 12)

Saturday, November 5
#23/21 Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1 ACC) at Duke (3-5, 0-4 ACC)
3:30 p.m. |  ESPNU | Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (40,002)

The Series: Virginia Tech leads 14-9; Virginia Tech leads 6-2 at Duke
The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 51-58 (9th year) at Duke; 95-87 (16th year) overall; Justin Fuente: 6-2 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 32-25 (5th year) overall
Last week: Virginia Tech def. Pitt 39-36; Georgia Tech def. Duke, 38-35.

Of note: Duke has won two of the last three meetings, including a 45-43 four overtime thriller last year in Blacksburg that ranks as the longest game in ACC history ... A 25-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Sirk to Erich Schneider, followed by a run by Sirk on the mandatory two-point conversion try, sealed the win for the Blue Devils ... Virginia Tech won 12 straight in the series between 1982 and 2012 ... The last three games between the schools have been decided by a total of six points. 

Ones to watch: Virginia Tech PK Joey Slye tied a school and ACC record with six field goals in last Thursday night’s road win at Pitt ... Duke senior S Deondre Singleton has created a turnover by the opposing team in four of the Blue Devils’ last five games.

Next game: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Nov. 12); North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 10)

Saturday, November 5
Syracuse (4-4, 2-3 ACC) at #3/3 Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m. |  ABC/ESPN2 | Memorial Stadium (81,500)


The Series: Clemson leads 3-1; Clemson leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches: Dino Babers: 4-4 (1st year) at Syracuse; 41-20 (5th year) overall; Dabo Swinney: 83-27 (9th year) at Clemson and overall
Last week: Syracuse had an open date; Clemson def. Florida State 37-34

Of note: Following last week’s road trip to Florida State, Clemson plays three of its final regular-season games at home ... Syracuse travels to Clemson for the just the second time; the first meeting came two years ago, with the Tigers winning 16-6 ... Clemson claimed a 37-27 win last year at the Carrier Dome and is 3-0 vs. the Orange since Syracuse joined the ACC ... Syracuse’s lone series win came by a  47-0 score in the 1996 Toyota Gator Bowl.

Ones to watch:  WR Steve Ishmael hauled in a personal-best eight passes for 108 yards in Syracuse’s 28-20 win at Boston College on Oct. 22 ... Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell collected his fourth sack of the season in last Saturday night’s road win at Florida State.

Next game: NC State at Syracuse (Nov. 12); Pitt at Clemson (Nov. 12)

Saturday, November 5
#19/19 Florida State (5-3, 2-3 ACC) at NC State (4-4, 1-3 ACC)
7 p.m. |  ESPNU | Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)


The Series: Florida State leads 25-11; Florida State leads 10-7 at NC State
The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 73-17 (7th year) at Florida State and overall; Dave Doeren: 22-24 (4th year) at NC State; 45-28 (7th) 
Last week: Clemson def. Florida State 37-34; Boston College def. NC State 21-14

Of note: NC State has given the Florida State more trouble than most opponents since the Seminoles joined the ACC a little over two decades ago, but FSU brings a three-game series winning streak into Saturday’s contest ... The Seminoles claimed a 34-17 win last year in Tallahassee as junior QB Sean Maguire came off the bench to complete 18-of-28 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. 

Ones to watch:  FSU sophomore CB Tarvarus McFadden’s six interceptions this season are the most by a Seminole since 2007 ... NC State WR Bra’Lon Cherry had three receptions for 105 yards -- including a 79-yard touchdown -- in last Saturday’s game vs. visiting Boston College.

Next game: Boston College at Florida State (Nov. 11); NC State at Syracuse (Nov. 12)