Previewing Week 12 in ACC Football

Thursday, November 17
#5/3/3 Louisville (9-1, 7-1 ACC) at Houston (8-2,5-2 AAC)
8 p.m. | ESPN | TDECU Stadium (40,000)


The Series: Tied 8-8; Houston leads 4-3 at home
The Coaches: Bobby Petrino: 67-19 (7th year) at Louisville; 109-40 (12th year) overall; Tom Herman: 21-3 (2nd year) at Houston and overall
Last week: Louisville def. Wake Forest 44-12; Houston def. Tulane 30-13

Of note: Houston’s 34-31 win last season at Louisville snapped the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak in the series ... The teams met once when both were members of the AAC, with Louisville winning by a 20-13 score in 2013 ... The teams combined for 111 points in 2003 (a 66-45 Louisville win) and for 92 in 2004 (a 65-27 Cardinals’ victory) ... QB Greg Ward Jr. threw for three touchdowns to lead the Cougars to last year’s win, including the game-winning TD pass with 3:09 left.

Ones to watch: Louisville RB Brandon Radcliff rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries in last Saturday’s win over Wake Forest ... Houston WR Linell Bonner had seven receptions for 97 yards in the Cougars’ win over Tulane. 

Next game: Kentucky at Louisville (Nov. 26); Houston at Memphis (Nov. 25)

Saturday, November 19
#4/5/5 Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC) at Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
7 p.m. | ESPN | BB&T Field (31,500)


The Series: Clemson leads 63-17-1; Clemson leads 23-10-1 at Wake Forest
The Coaches: Dabo Swinney: 84-28 (9th year) at Clemson and overall; Dave Clawson: 12-22 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 102-102 (3rd year) overall
Last week: Pitt def. Clemson 43-42; Louisville def. Wake Forest 44-12

Of note: The defending ACC champion Tigers seek to nail down the Atlantic Division’s berth in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game for the second consecutive year ... A Wake Forest win would give the spot to Louisville ... The Tigers have won the last seven meetings vs. the Deacons, including last year’s 33-13 victory at Death Valley ... QB Deshaun Watson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Clemson to last year’s win.

Ones to watch: Clemson WR Mike Williams had 15 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown last Saturday vs. Pitt ... Wake Forest DB Jessie Bates had a career-high 13 tackles, including eight solo stops and one forced fumble in the Deacons’ road game at Louisville.

Next game: South Carolina at Clemson (Nov. 26); Boston College at Wake Forest (Nov. 26)

Saturday,November 19
#17/17/15 Florida State (7-3, 4-3 ACC) at Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 ACC)
3:30 p.m. |  ABC/ESPN2 | Carrier Dome (49,262)

The Series: Florida State leads 8-1; Florida State leads 4-1 at Syracuse
The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 75-17 (7th year) at Florida State and overall; Dino Babers: 4-6 (1st year) at Syracuse; 41-22 (5th year) overall
Last week: Florida State def. Boston College 45-7; NC State def. Syracuse 35-20

Of note: Florida State has won the last eight meetings in the series since the Orange claimed a 37-21 in the first meeting at old Archbold Stadium in 1966 ... That includes a 3-0 advantage for the Seminoles in ACC play, including a 45-21 win at home last season ... QB Sean Maguire passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns to lead last year’s win ... Saturday’s game closes out the ACC portion of the Seminoles’ schedule for the 2016 season and is the home finale for the Orange.

Ones to watch: Florida State WR Auden Tate caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday night’s win over Boston College ... Syracuse redshirt sophomore S Rodney Williams had 10 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup against NC State.

Next game: Florida at Florida State (Nov. 26); Syracuse at Pitt (Nov. 26)

Saturday, November 19
Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at NC State (5-5, 2-4 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC Network (split) | Carter-Finley (57,600)


The Series: Miami leads 8-5-1; Miami leads 2-1 at NC State
The Coaches: Mark Richt: 6-4 (1st year) at Miami; 151-55 (16th year) overall; Dave Doeren: 23-25 (4th year) at NC State; 46-29 (7th)
Last week: Miami def. Virginia 34-14; NC State def. Syracuse 35-20

Of note: NC State seeks bowl eligibility as it meets the Hurricanes for the first time since 2012 (a 44-37 Miami win at home) and the first time in Raleigh since 2008 (a 38-28 NC State win) ... Miami’s victory four years ago snapped a two-game Wolfpack win streak in the series ... The teams met seven times at Miami between 1939 and 1971 ... The teams have split their four meetings in ACC play since the Hurricanes joined the conference for the 2004 season. 

Ones to watch: Hurricanes TE David Njoku has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games, including a 7-yarder in the second quarter vs. Virginia ... NC State WR Kelvin Harmon had four catches for a career-high 101 yards and a touchdown vs. Syracuse.

Next week: Duke at Miami (Nov. 26); NC State at North Carolina (Nov. 25)

Saturday, November 19
Virginia (2-8, 1-5 ACC) at Georgia Tech (6-4, 3-4 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC Network (split) | Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Georgia Tech leads 19-18-1; Georgia Tech leads 15-7 at home
The Coaches: Bronco Mendenhall: 2-8 (1st year) at Virginia; 101-51 (12th year) overall; Paul Johnson: 67-48 (9th year) at Georgia Tech; 174-87 overall
Last week: Miami def. Virginia 34-14; Georgia Tech def. Virginia Tech 30-20

Of note: The Yellow Jackets, who clinched bowl eligibility last week, play host to the Cavaliers in their ACC and home finale ... Virginia’s 27-21 win last year in Charlottesville snapped a three-game Georgia Tech winning streak in the series, which was first played in 1965 ... Canaan Severin caught a go-ahead 30-yard touchdown pass from Matt Johns and Virginia’s defense held off a late surge by Georgia Tech to secure last year’s win at Scott Stadium.

Ones to watch: Virginia LB Micah Kiser had his first career interception and a team-high 12 tackles in last Saturday’s game vs. Miami ... Georgia Tech reserve QB Matthew Jordan stepped in to rush for 121 yards and two touchdowns in last weekend’s win at No. 18 Virginia Tech.

Next game: Virginia at Virginia Tech (Nov. 26); Georgia Tech at Georgia (Nov. 26)

Saturday, November 19
UConn (3-7, 1-6 AAC) at Boston College (4-6, 1-6 ACC)
1 p.m. |  ACC Network Extra | Alumni Stadium (44,500)


The Series: Boston College leads 10-0-2; Boston College leads 5-0-1 at home
The Coaches: Bob Diaco: 11-24 (3rd year) at UConn and overall; Steve Addazio: 21-27 (4th year) at BC; 34-39 (6th year) overall
Last week: UConn had an open date; Florida State def. Boston College 45-7

Of note: Boston College closes out the home portion of the schedule by facing UConn for the first time since 2004 ... The Eagles, who are unbeaten in the series, have won nine straight over the Huskies since the teams battled to two scoreless ties in two of the first three meetings in the series between 1908 and 1910 ... Saturday’s game marks the third this season against an ACC team UConn, which defeated Virginia 13-10 in Sept. 17 and lost to Syracuse 31-24 on Sept. 24.

Ones to watch: UConn senior S Obi Melifonwu has intercepted a team-high four passes, broken up seven others and leads the team in tackles with 83 ...Boston College LB Connor Strachan led the Eagles against Florida State with nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

Next game: Tulane at UConn (Nov. 26); Boston College at Wake Forest (Sept. 26)

Saturday, November 19
Duke (4-6, 1-5 ACC) at Pitt (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
3 p.m. |  RSN | Heinz Field (68,400)


The Series: Pitt leads 11-9; Tied 5-5 at Pitt
The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 52-59 (9th year) at Duke; 96-88 (16th year) overall; Pat Narduzzi: 14-9 (2nd year) at Pitt and overall
Last week: Duke def. North Carolina 28-27; Pitt def. Clemson 43-42
 
Of note: Pitt has won two of the last three meetings, including last year’s 31-13 victory in Durham ... QB Nathan Peterman threw three touchdown passes to lead the Panthers ... Pitt earned bowl eligibility for the ninth consecutive season with last Saturday’s upset win at No. 2 Clemson... Duke won on its last visit to Heinz Field, a 51-48 double overtime thriller two years ago ... That result gave the teams a combined 212 points in their first two ACC meetings, following the Panthers’ 58-55 victory in 2013.

Ones to watch: Duke QB Daniel Jones now holds the school freshman record with 2,277 passing yards in his first season, including 240 in the win over North Carolina ... Pitt senior TE Scott Orndoff amassed career highs with nine receptions for 155 yards (including a 55-yard TD) vs. Clemson.

Next game: Duke at Miami (Nov. 26); Syracuse at Pitt (Nov. 26)

Saturday, November 19
Virginia Tech (7-3, 5-2 ACC) at Notre Dame (4-6)
3:30 p.m. | NBC | Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)


The Series: First meeting
The Coaches: Justin Fuente: 7-3 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 33-26 (5th year overall); Brian Kelly: 59-29 (7th) year at Notre Dame; 230-86-2 (26th year) overall
Last week: Georgia Tech def. Virginia Tech 30-20; Notre Dame def. Army 44-6

Of note: The first meeting between the programs finds Notre Dame closing out its 2016 home slate with its fifth game this season against ACC opposition ... The Fighting Irish split the first four games, defeating Syracuse and Miami while losing to Duke and NC State ...Virginia Tech, playing its final regular-season road game, will be the first non-military academy the Fighting Irish have faced in three weeks ... Notre Dame faced Navy and Army in its previous two outings.

Ones to watch: Virginia Tech DE Vinny Mihota set a career high with 10 tackles in last Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech ... Notre Dame LB James Onwualu led the Fighting Irish with a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in the win over Army West Point.

Next game: Virginia at Virginia Tech (Nov. 26); Notre Dame at USC (Nov. 26)


Saturday, November 19
The Citadel (10-0, 8-0 SoCon) at -/-/24 North Carolina (7-3, 5-2 ACC)
3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra | Kenan Stadium (63,000)


The Series: North Carolina leads 4-0 overall and at home
The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 39-23 (5th year) at UNC; 73-42 (9th year) overall; Brent Thompson: 10-0 (1st year) at The Citadel and overall
Last week: Duke def. North Carolina 28-27; The Citadel def. VMI 30-20

Of note: After a run of seven consecutive ACC games, the Tar Heels step out of the league for their final regular-season non-conference test against the unbeaten and Southern Conference champion  Bulldogs ... The teams are meeting for the first time since 2009, when North Carolina posted a 40-6 win at Chapel Hill ... Shaun Draughn rushed for 118 yards, and fellow RB Ryan Houston had two short touchdown runs to lead the Tar Heels.

Ones to watch: North Carolina redshirt freshman TE Carl Tucker scored his first career touchdown on a 54-yard passing play vs. Duke ... The Citadel QB Dominique Allen passed for a career-high 133 yards and rushed for 113 more in the Bulldogs’ win over VMI.

Next game: NC State at North Carolina (Nov. 25); The Citadel in FCS playoff (Nov. 26)