Previewing Week 12 In ACC Football: Saturday, November 21

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Saturday, November 21

#12/12 North Carolina (9-1, 6-0 ACC) at Virginia Tech (5-5, 3-3 ACC)
Noon on ESPN at Lane Stadium (65,632)

The Series: Virginia Tech leads 20-11-6; Virginia Tech leads 4-2 at home

The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 30-18 (4th year) at UNC; 64-37 (8th year) overall; Frank Beamer: 236-120-2 (29th year) at Virginia Tech; 278-143-4 (35th year) overall

Last week: North Carolina def. Miami 59-21; Virginia Tech def. Georgia Tech 23-21

Of note: The Tar Heels attempt to clinch the Coastal Division spot in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game in the final home game for the Hokies’ Frank Beamer, Division I’s winningest active coach, who plans to retire at the end of this season ... The Hokies have won the last two meetings in the series and four of the last five ... Virginia Tech could clinch bowl eligibility for a 23rd straight year with a win on Saturday or in next week’s regular-season finale at Virginia.

Ones to watch: North Carolina Jeff Schoettmer intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it a career-long 60 yards to set up a touchdown vs. Miami .... Virginia Tech DL Dadi Nicolas forced and recovered a fumble in last Thursday night’s road win at Georgia Tech.

Next week: North Carolina at NC State (Nov. 28) ;Virginia Tech at Virginia (Nov. 28)



Georgia Tech (3-7, 1-6 ACC) at at Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
12:30 pm on ACC Network at Sun Life Stadium (64,928)

The Series: Georgia Tech leads 11-9; Miami leads 4-2 at home

The Coaches: Paul Johnson: 61-42 (8th year) at Georgia Tech; 168-81 (19th year) overall; Larry Scott (interim): 2-1 (1st year) at Miami and overall

Last week: Virginia Tech def. Georgia Tech 23-21; North Carolina def. Miami 59-21

Of note: The Hurricanes play their final home game of the regular season seeking to avenge last year’s 28-17 loss to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta ... Last year’s Georgia Tech win snapped a five-game Hurricanes’ winning streak in head-to-head meetings ... Deon Hill ran 8 yards for a decisive touchdown on fourth down in last year’s Yellow Jacket victory, and fellow Tech RB Zach Laskey rushed a career-high 29 times for 133 yards ... Miami RB Duke Johnson rushed for 100 yards.

Ones to watch: Georgia Tech LB P.J. Davis’ streak of 25 consecutive games started leads the team ... Miami freshman RB Mark Walton posted a career-best 104 all-purpose yards in last Saturday’s road game at North Carolina.

Next week: Georgia at Georgia Tech (Nov. 28); Miami at Pitt (Nov. 27)



Syracuse (3-7, 1-5) at NC State (6-4, 2-4 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at at Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)       

The Series:   NC State leads 7-1; NC State leads 3-1 at home

The Coaches:   Scott Shafer: 14-21 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overall; Dave Doeren: 17-18 (3rd year) at NC State; 4-21 (5th year) overall

Last week:  Clemson def. Syracuse 37-27; Florida State def. NC State 34-17

Of note: : NC State opens a two-game homestand to close out the regular season against the Orange, which posted its lone series win on its most recent trip to Raleigh in 2013 by a 24-10 score ... That meeting was the first ACC game between the schools ... NC State answered last season with a 24-17 victory at the Carrier Dome ... DE Pharoah McKever’s 82 interception return for a touchdown sparked the Wolfpack, which won its first ACC road game since 2000.

Ones to watch:Syracuse sophomore QB Zack Mahoney accounted for 156 yards total offense and two rushing TDs vs. No. 1 Clemson ... NC State LB Airius Moore had 10 tackles (six solo) in last Saturday’s game at Florida State.

Next week: Boston College at Syracuse (Nov. 28); North Carolina at NC State (Nov. 28)



Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 SoCon) at #16/16 Florida State (8-2, 6-2 ACC)
3 p.m. on RSN at at Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

The Series:  Florida State leads 2-0 overall and at home

The Coaches:  Russ Huesman: 49-31 (7th year) at Chattanooga and overall; Jimbo Fisher: 66-13 (6th year) at Florida State and overall

Last week: Chattanooga def. The Citadel 31-23; Florida State def. NC State 34-17 

Of note: Florida State closes out its regular season with the first of two non-conference games and plays its final home game of the year against the Mocs, who nailed down their third Southern Confence title with last week’s win over The Citadel ... FSU most recently faced Chattanooga in 2008, claiming a 46-7 victory ... QB Christian Ponder threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead the Seminoles ... The teams first met in 1984, with Florida State winning by a 37-0 score.

Ones to watch: Chattanooga LB Nakevion Leslie had a career-high 15 tackles, including a tackle for loss, in last Saturday’s win over The Citadel ... Florida State junior DE DeMarcus Walker matched his career high with two sacks and broke up a pass in the win over NC State.

Next week: Chattanooga in FCS playoffs (Nov. 28); Florida State at Florida, Nov. 28



Duke (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at Virginia (3-7, 2-4 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN3 at Scott Stadium (61,500)

The Series: Tied 33-33; Virginia leads 18-12 at home

The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 46-52 (8th year) at Duke; 90-81 (15th year) overall; Mike London: 26-45 (6th year) at Virginia; 50-50 (8th year) overall

Last week: Pitt def. Duke 31-13; Louisville def. Virginia 38-31

Of note: The Blue Devils have won the last three meetings and six of the last seven to square the series at 33 wins apiece The series began with back-to-back meetings in Richmond in 1890 and 1891, and early neutral sites also included Atlanta and the Virginia cities of Lynchburg and Norfolk ... Duke holds a 28-27 edge in ACC play ...QB Thomas Sirk threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to TE David Reeves with 7:23 left to lift Duke to a 20-13 win in last year’s game in Durham.

Ones to watch: Duke redshirt sophomore QB Parker Boehme amassed 328 all-purpose yards vs. Pitt in his first career start last Saturday ... Virginia WR Canaan Severin finished with eight catches against Louisville, giving the senior a reception in 22 straight games.

Next week: Duke at Wake Forest (Nov. 28); Virginia Tech at Virginia (Nov. 28)



Wake Forest (3-7, 1-5 ACC) at #1/1 Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 at Memorial Stadium (81,500)

The Series: Clemson leads 62-17-1; Clemson leads 36-7 at home

The Coaches: Dave Clawson: 6-15 (2nd year) at Wake Forest; 96-95 (16th year) overall; Dabo Swinney: 71-26 (8th year) at Clemson and overall

Last week: Notre Dame def. Wake Forest 28-7; Clemson def. Syracuse 37-27

Of note: The top-ranked Tigers close out their ACC and home slate against Wake Forest, which seeks its first series win since a 12-7 victory in a Thursday night game in Winston-Salem in 2008 ... Clemson has since won six straight vs. the Demon Deacons under head coach Dabo Swinney, including last year’s 34-20 road win at Wake ... QB Cole Stoudt threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers, while Wake QB John Wolford was 11-of-29 with touchdown passes to TE Cam Serigne covering 4 and 14 yards.

Ones to watch: Wake Forest freshman RB Tyler Bell set career-highs with 23 carries and 90 yards rushing in last week’s road loss to No. 4 Notre Dame ... Clemson WR Charone Peake tied a career high with seven catches for a career-high 120 yards Saturday, with a touchdown in the win at Syracuse.

Next week: Duke at Wake Forest (Nov. 28); Clemson at South Carolina (Nov. 28)



Louisville (6-4, 5-2 ACC) at Pitt (7-3, 5-1 ACC)
3:45 p.m. on ESPNews at Heinz Field (68,400)


The Series: Tied 8-8; Tied 5-5 at Pitt

The Coaches: Bobby Petrino: 56-17 (6th year) at Louisville, 98-38 (11th year) overall; Pat Naduzzi: 7-3 (1st year) at Pitt and overall

Last week: Louisville def. Virginia 38-31; Pitt def. 31-13

Of note: Final ACC game of the year for Louisville, while Pitt closes out its regular season with two conference home games ... The teams meet for the first time since squaring off eight consecutive years as Big East opponents from 2005 through 2012 ... Louisville posted a 45-34 win in the most recent meeting, snapping a four-game Pitt series winning streak ...Streaky series also saw Louisville win seven straight from 1990 through 2007 ... That came after Pitt won the first four meetings (1976, 1980, 1982, 1983).

Ones to watch: RB Brandon Radcliff rushed for a career-high 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Louisville earned bowl eligibility with last week’s win over Virginia ... Pitt LB Mike Caprara delivered eight tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Panthers’ win at Duke.

Next week: Louisville at Kentucky (Nov. 28); Miami at Pitt (Nov. 27)



Boston College (3-7, 0-7 ACC) at #5/5 Notre Dame (9-1)
7:30 p.m. on NBCSN at Fenway Park (37,673)


The Series: Notre Dame leads 13-9; Notre Dame leads 1-0 at neutral sites

The Coaches: Steve Addazio: 17-19 (3rd year) at Boston College; 30-31 (5th year) overall; Brian Kelly: 54-21 (6th year) at Notre Dame; 224-78-2 (25th year) overall

Last week: Boston College had an open date; Notre Dame def. Wake Forest 28-7

Of note: The meeting between the Fighting Irish and Eagles will be the first football game at Fenway Park since December 1, 1968, when - after five years of calling it home - the Patriots played their last NFL game at the ballpark ... Saturday night’s game will technically be a “home” game for Notre Dame as part of the Shamrock Series ... Notre Dame has hosted its Shamrock Series since 2009 with previous off-campus site games in San Antonio, New York, the Washington, D.C. area, Chicago, and North Texas.

Ones to watch: Senior DB Justin Simmons recorded his third interception of the season and sixth of his career in Boston College’s most recent outing vs. NC State on Nov. 7 ... Notre Dame RB Josh Adams rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown in last Saturday’s win over Wake Forest.

Next week: Boston College at Syracuse (Nov. 28); Notre Dame at Stanford (Nov. 28)