Previewing Week 10 In ACC Football: Saturday, November 7

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Saturday, November 7

#8/9 Notre Dame (7-1) at Pitt (6-2, 4-1 ACC)
Noon on ABC at Heinz Field (68,400)

The Series: Notre Dame leads 47-21-1; Notre Dame leads 26-11-1 at Pitt

The Coaches: Brian Kelly: 52-21 (6th year) at Notre Dame; 223-78-2 (25th year) overall; Pat Naduzzi: 6-2 (1st year) at Pitt and overall

Last week: Notre Dame def. Temple 24-20; North Carolina def. Pitt 26-19

Of note: Pitt steps out of conference play for the final time in the 2015 regular season when it welcomes Notre Dame to Heinz Field ... The Fighting Irish, who have already defeated Virginia and Georgia Tech and lost at Clemson, face ACC foes each of the next three weekends (Pitt, Wake Forest and Boston College) ... Pitt claimed a 28-21 win in the most recent series meeting two years ago at Heinz Field as QB Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two scores to WR Devin Street.

Ones to watch: QB DeShone Kizer’s 143 yards rushing vs. Temple were the second most ever in a single game by a Notre Dame quarterback ... Pitt freshman SS Jordan Whitehead had a team-high 10 tackles with a pass breakup and forced fumble against North Carolina.

Next week: Wake Forest at North Dame (Nov. 14); Pitt at Duke (Nov. 14)

Duke (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at #21/21 North Carolina (7-1, 4-0 ACC)
Noon on ESPN2 at Kenan Stadium (63,000)

The Series:  North Carolina leads 59-37-4; North Carolina leads 30-18-2 at home

The Coaches:  David Cutcliffe: 46-50 (8th year) at Duke; 90-79 (15th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 28-18 (4th year) at UNC; 62-37 (8th year) overall

Last week: Miami def. Duke 30-27; North Carolina def. Pitt 26-19

Of note: Rivalry game has huge Coastal Division implications as the Blue Devils and Tar Heels meet for the 101st time ... Duke clinched the 2013 Coastal Division crown with a 27-25 win on its last visit to Kenan Stadium ... UNC won 45-20 last year at Wallace Wade Stadium to snap a two-game Blue Devil winning streak in the series ... QB Marquise Williams led the Tar Heels in last year’s game, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and rushing for two more.

Ones to watch: Duke WR Max McCaffrey caught nine passes for 90 yards vs. Miami and has tallied at least 30 yards and two receptions in each game this year.... UNC PK Nick Weiler made a career-best four field goals and two extra points to register 14 points in last Thursday night’s win at Pitt.

Next week: Pitt at Duke (Nov. 14); Miami at North Carolina (Nov. 14)

Syracuse (3-5, 1-3 ACC) at Louisville (4-4, 3-2 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000)       

The Series:   Louisville leads 7-5; Syracuse leads 3-2 at Louisville

The Coaches:   Scott Shafer: 14-19 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overall; Bobby Petrino: 54-17 (6th year) at Louisville, 96-38 (11th year) overall

Last week:  Florida State def. Syracuse 45-21; Louisville def. Wake Forest 20-19

Of note: : Syracuse goes on the road for the second consecutive week for an Atlantic Division game as it travels to Louisville for the first time since 2011 ... The Cardinals captured the first ACC meeting between the teams last year at the Carrier Dome, as RB Brandon Radcliff ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and Louisville’s defense registered two interceptions and two safeties ... All of the games between the teams have come since 1985, including the 1989 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo.

Ones to watch:Syracuse sophomore LB Zaire Franklin led the Orange in tackles for the second-straight week with nine against Florida State ... Louisville DE Trevon Young has recorded three QB sacks in each of his last two games.

Next week: Clemson at Syracuse (Nov. 14); Virginia at Louisville (Nov. 14)

NC State (5-3, 1-3 ACC) at Boston College (3-6, 0-6 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at at Alumni Stadium (44,500)

The Series:  Boston College leads 8-4; Boston College leads 5-1 at home

The Coaches:  Dave Doeren: 16-17 (3rd year) at NC State; 39-21 (5th year) overall; Steve Addazio: 17-18 (3rd year) at Boston College; 30-30 (5th year) overall

Last week:  Clemson def. NC State 56-41; Virginia Tech def. Boston College 26-10

Of note: Boston College is set for its final home game of the season as it plays host to the Wolfpack in an Atlantic Division matchup ... The Eagles have won the last two series meetings and seven of the 10 games between the programs since joining the conference prior to the 2005 season ... QB Tyler Murphy rushed for 132 yards, including touchdown runs of 47 and 27 yards to lead Boston College to a 30-14 win in last year’s game at the Wolfpack’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

Ones to watch:NC State freshman Nyheim Hines’ first-quarter kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Clemson tied a school record ... Boston College freshman walk-on quarterback John Fadule had a team-high 53 yards rushing and passed for 143 against Virginia Tech.

Next week:NC State at Florida State (Nov. 14); Boston College has an open date

Virginia (3-5, 2-2 ACC)  at Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
3 p.m. on RSN at Sun Life Stadium (64,982)


The Series:  Tied 6-6; Miami leads 3-2 at home

The Coaches:  Mike London: 26-43 (6th year) at Virginia; 50-48 (8th year) overallLarry Scott (interim): 1-0 (1st year) at Miami and overall

Last week:  Virginia def. Georgia Tech 27-21; Miami def. Duke 30-27

Of note: The Cavaliers have won four of the last five meetings versus the Hurricanes to even the overall series at six wins apiece and claim a 6-5 edge in ACC play ... Prior to Miami’s joining the conference in 2004, the Hurricanes’ 31-21 win in the 1996 Carquest Bowl had been the lone time the programs had met ... Darius Jennings and Khalek Shepherd ran for touchdowns and Ian Frye kicked three field goals to key Virginia’s 30-13 victory last November in Charlottesville.

Ones to watch: Virginia RB Daniel Hamm made his first start and scored his first touchdown of the season in he win over Georgia Tech ... Miami junior LB Jermaine Grace posted a career-high 17 tackles vs. Duke, and his nine solo tackles were also a career high.

Next week: Virginia at Louisville (Nov. 14); Miami at North Carolina (Nov. 14)

#17/15 Florida State (7-1, 5-1 ACC) at #3/5 Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ABC at Memorial Stadium (81,500)

The Series:  Florida State leads 20-8; Florida State leads 8-5 at Clemson

The Coaches:  Jimbo Fisher: 65-12 (6th year) at Florida State and overall; Dabo Swinney: 69-26 (8th year) at Clemson and overall

Last week:  Florida State def. Syracuse 45-21; Clemson def. NC State 56-41

Of note: Annual meeting again looms large in the Atlantic Division chase ... Clemson can nail down at least a share of the division title and clinch a spot in next month’s ACC Dr Pepper Championship Game with a win ... A Seminole win would give three-time defending ACC champion FSU the inside track on returning to the title game for the fourth straight year ... FSU has won its last three meetings vs. the Tigers, including a 23-17 overtime win last year in Tallahassee with reserve QB Sean Maguire filling in for Jameis Winston.

Ones to watch:  Florida State WR Travis Rudolph had five receptions for 191 yards and three touchdowns on the win over Syracuse ... Clemson OLB B.J. Goodson had a career-high three tackles for loss, including a sack en route to finishing with 10 total tackles against NC State.

Next week:  NC State at Florida State (Nov. 14); Clemson at Syracuse (Nov. 14)