Previewing Week 13 In ACC Football

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Friday, November 27

Miami (7-4, 4-3 ACC) at Pitt (8-3, 6-1 ACC)
Noon on ESPN2 at Heinz Field (68,400)

The Series: Miami leads 23-10-1; Miami leads 13-5 at Pitt

The Coaches: Larry Scott (interim): 3-1 (1st year) at Miami and overall; Pat Narduzzi: 8-3 (1st year) at Pitt and overall

Last week: Miami def. Georgia Tech 38-21; Pitt def. Louisville 45-34

Of note: Both teams are bowl eligible but will be looking to boost their postseason resumes in “Black Friday” meeting at Heinz Field ... The Panthers ended an eight-game Miami winning streak in the series with last year’s 35-23 road victory at Miami Gardens... RB James Conner rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead Pitt, which earned bowl eligibility for the seventh consecutive year ... RB Duke Johnson ran for 89 yards en route to becoming Miami’s all-time leading rusher.

Ones to watch: Miami sophomore LB Juwon Young had a career-high 13 tackles last Saturday and forced his first career fumble to halt a Georgia Tech drive ... Pitt senior DE Ejuan Price’s five quarterback sacks vs. Louisville were one shy of the FBS single-game record.

Next game: End of regular season; Both teams are bowl eligible



Saturday, November 28

Georgia (8-3, 5-3 SEC) at Georgia Tech (3-8, 1-5 ACC)
Noon on ESPN2 at Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Georgia leads 64-40-5; Georgia leads 34-26-4 at Georgia Tech

The Coaches: Mark Richt: 143-50 (14th year) at Georgia and overall; Paul Johnson: 61-43 (8th year) at Georgia Tech; 168-82 (19th year) overall

Last week: Georgia def. Georgia Southern 23-17 (OT); Georgia Tech def. Miami 38-21

Of note: With 109 previous meetings between the schools, this is the 19th most-played rivalry in the FBS ... this marks just the third time in the past 19 years that at least one of the teams has not been nationally ranked heading into the game ... the winning team has scored at least 30 points in each of the last eight meetings, including Georgia Tech’s 30-24 overtime victory last season that snapped a five-game Bulldog winning streak in the series.

Ones to watch: Georgia RB Sony Michel rushed for 132 yards, including the game-winning touchdown run in overtime last Saturday night vs. Georgia Southern ... Georgia Tech QB Matthew Jordan stepped in after a first-quarter injury and rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown vs. Miami.

Next week: Georgia is bowl eligible; End of the season for Georgia Tech


#1/1 Clemson (11-0, 8-0 ACC) at South Carolina (3-8, 1-7 SEC)
Noon on ESPN at Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

The Series: Clemson leads 66-42-4; Clemson leads 49-32-3 at South Carolina

The Coaches: Dabo Swinney: 71-27 (8th year) at Clemson and overall; Shawn Elliott (interim): 1-4 (1st year) at South Carolina and overall

Last week: Clemson def. Wake Forest 33-13; The Citadel def. South Carolina 23-22

Of note: The top-ranked Tigers seek to close out their first unbeaten regular season since the 1981 National Championship year and match that team’s school record for total wins in a season (12) ... Last season’s 35-17 win by Clemson at Death Valley snapped the Gamecocks’ five-game winning streak in the series ... The Tigers will be trying to win in Columbia for the first time since the 2007 squad earned a 23-21 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Ones to watch: WR Deon Cain is the second first-year freshman in Clemson history to record a touchdown reception in four consecutive games ... South Carolina QB Perry Orth threw for 367 yards and a touchdown vs. The Citadel.

Next week: Clemson in Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game at Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 5); End of season for South Carolina



Louisville (6-5, 5-3 ACC) at Kentucky (5-6, 2-6 ACC)
Noon on SEC Network at at Commonwealth Stadium (67,607)       

The Series:   Kentucky leads 14-13; Series tied 8-8 at Kentucky

The Coaches:   Bobby Petrino: 56-18 (6th year) at Louisville; 98-39 (11th year overall); Mark Stoops: 12-23 (third year) at Kentucky and overall

Last week:  Pitt def. Louisville 45-34; Kentucky def. Charlotte 58-10

Of note: : Louisville seeks its fifth straight win in the series after claiming a 44-40 victory in last year’s meeting on RB Bobby Radcliff’s 4-yard touchdown run with 2:47 remaining in the game ... Kentucky dominated the first six series meetings between 1912 through 1924, posting shutout wins in each game ... But the Cardinals have held a 13-8 edge since the schools resumed the rivalry in 1994 after a 70-year hiatus.

Ones to watch:Louisville junior WR Jamari Staples caught nine passes for 194 yards and a touchdown last Saturday vs. Pitt ... Kentucky junior RB Jojo Kemp rushed 11 times for a career-best 165 yards and a career-high tying three TDs vs. Charlotte.

Next week: Louisville is bowl eligible; Kentucky could earn bowl eligibility with a win on Saturday



Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4 ACC) at Virginia (4-7, 3-4 ACC)
Noon on ESPNU at Scott Stadium (61,500)


The Series: Virginia Tech leads 54-37-5; Virginia Tech leads 21-18-3 at Virginia

The Coaches: Frank Beamer: 236-121-2 (29th year) at Virginia Tech; 278-144-4 (35th year) overall; Mike London: 27-45 (6th year) at Virginia; 51-50 (8th year) overall

Last week: North Carolina def. Virginia Tech 30-27 (OT); Virginia def. Duke 42-34

Of note: The Hokies and Cavaliers renew their rivalry in the final regular-season game for veteran Virginia Tech Frank Beamer, who has announced plans to retire ... Virginia Tech owns an 11-game winning streak in the series, which coincides with its entry into the ACC in 2004 ... The teams have met at campus sites every year since 1964, but the Virginia cites of Roanoke, Norfolk and Richmond have hosted the rivalry game a combined 23 times.

Ones to watch: Virginia Tech DL Corey Marshall had a sack, a quarterback hurry and forced a fumble last Saturday vs. North Carolina ... Virginia MLB Micah Kiser had a career-high 17 tackles -- including 10 solo stops -- in the win over Duke.

Next week: Virginia Tech could earn bowl eligibility with a win; End of the season for Virginia



Boston College (3-8, 0-7 ACC) at Syracuse (3-8, 1-6)
12:30 p.m. on RSN at at Carrier Dome (49,262)

The Series:  Syracuse leads 29-19; Syracuse leads 19-5 at home

The Coaches:  Steve Addazio: 17-20 (3rd year) at BC; 30-32 (5th year) overall; Scott Shafer: 13-23 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overall

Last week: Notre Dame def. Boston College 19-16; NC State def. Syracuse 42-29 

Of note: The teams meet for the 49th time overall and for the third time in ACC play ... Each side has successfully held its home field in conference play thus far, with Syracuse winning 34-31 at the Carrier Dome in 2013 and the Eagles posting a 28-7 victory last year at Chestnut Hill ... BC’s Tyler Murphy had 11 carries for 20 yards in last year’s game, giving him 1,079 rushing yards for the season and setting a single-season record for an ACC quarterback.

Ones to watch: Boston College senior DB Justin Simmons picked off two passes and forced and recovered a fumble vs. No. 4 Notre Dame .. . Syracuse freshman RB Jordan Fredericks rushed for 86 yards on seven carries vs. NC State, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

Next week: End of the season for both teams



Duke (6-5, 3-4 ACC) at Wake Forest (3-8, 1-6 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ESPN3 at BB&T Field (31,500)

The Series: Duke leads 56-37-2; Duke leads 25-14-2 at Wake Forest

The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 46-53 (8th year) at Duke; 90-82 (15th year) overall; Dave Clawson: 6-17 (2nd year) at Wake Forest; 96-96 (16th year) overall

Last week: Virginia def. Duke 42-34; Clemson def. Wake Forest 33-13

Of note: Duke seeks its fourth straight win in a series that began with a 32-0 Wake Forest win at Raleigh, N.C., in 1889 ... Due to adjustments in the league schedule several years ago, Saturday will mark the third time in four years the Blue Devils have visited BB&T Field ... Wake had won 12 straight in the series prior to Duke winning back-to-back games in Winston-Salem in 2012 and 2013.

Ones to watch: Duke WR T.J. Rahming set two freshmen single-game school records with 12 catches for 190 yards last Saturday vs. Virginia ...Wake Forest DB Brad Watson tied or the team lead in tackles vs. No. 1 Clemson with nine.

Next week: Duke is bowl eligible; End of the season for Wake Forest



#11/11 North Carolina (10-1, 7-0 ACC) at NC State (7-4, 3-4 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ABC at Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)

The Series: UNC leads 65-33-6; UNC leads 28-15-4 at NC State

The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 31-18 (4th year) at UNC; 65-37 (8th year overall); Dave Doeren: 18-18 (3rd year) at NC State; 41-22 (5th year) overall

Last week: UNC def. Virginia Tech 30-27 (OT); NC State def. Syracuse 42-29

Of note: After securing a berth in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, North Carolina faces rival NC State in a bid for its 11th straight win and an unbeaten ACC mark in regular-season play ... NC State won 35-7 last year in Chapel Hill to snap a two-game UNC winning streak in the series ... QB Jacoby Brissett and RB Shadrach Thornton combined for 328 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack, which has won six of its last eight meetings with the Tar Heels.

Ones to watch: North Carolina senior LB Shakeel Rashad had a career-high 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in last Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech ... NC State freshman RB Reggie Gallaspy rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Wolfpack’s win over visiting Syracuse.

Next week:  UNC in Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 5); NC State is bowl eligible



#14/14 Florida State (9-2, 6-2 ACC) at #10/9 Florida (10-1, 7-1 SEC)
7:30 p.m. on ESPN at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)


The Series: Florida leads 34-23-2; Florida leads 21-10-1 at home

The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 67-13 (6th year) at Florida State and overall; Jim McElwain: 10-1 (1st year) at Florida; 31-17 (4th year) overall

Last week: Florida State def. Chattanooga 52;-13 Florida def. Florida Atlantic 20-14 (OT)

Of note: Florida State has won four of the last five meetings, including a 24-19 victory last season at Tallahassee ... A win Saturday night would give the Seminoles a regular-season sweep of games against in-state competition in 2015 ... FSU defeated South Florida and Miami earlier this season ... RB Dalvin Cook ran for a then career-high 144 yards to lead the Seminoles past the Gators in last year’s game.

Ones to watch: Florida State FS Lamarcus Brutus made his third interception and the fifth of his career in the win over Chattanooga ... Florida DE Taven Bryan’s 48-yard fumble return set up a touchdown in the Gators’ win over Florida Atlantic.

Next week: Florida State is bowl eligible; Florida in SEC Championship Game at Atlanta (Dec. 5)