Previewing Week 2 in ACC Football

Friday, September 9
# 13/15 Louisville (1-0, 0-0 ACC) at Syracuse (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
8 p.m. | ESPN2Carrier Dome (49,262)


The Series: Louisville leads 8-6; Louisville leads 4-3 at Syracuse
The Coaches: Bobby Petrino: 59-18 (7th year at Louisville); 101-39 (12th year) overall; Dino Babers: 1-0 (1st year) at Syracuse; 38-16 (5th year) overall
Last week: Louisville def. Charlotte 70-14; Syracuse def. Colgate 33-7 

Of note: The Cardinals have won both meetings against the Orange since joining the ACC, including a 41-17 victory at Louisville last Nov. 7 ... Kyle Bolin threw for a season-high 362 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cardinals piled up 579 yards total offense in last year’s win ... The Orange’s last win over Louisville was a 45-26 decision at the Carrier Dome in 2012 ... All 14 series games between the teams have come since 1985, including the 1989 Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo.

Ones to watch: WR Jamari Staples - one of 16 players with at least one catch against Charlotte - led Louisville with four receptions for 83 yards in the win ... Graduate transfer WR Amba Etta-Tawo caught a career-best 12 passes for 210 yards and a TD in his Syracuse debut vs. Colgate.

Next game: Florida State at Louisville (Sept. 17); USF at Syracuse (Sept. 17)


Saturday, September 10
NC State (1-0, 0-0 ACC) at East Carolina (1-0, 0-0 AAC)
Noon | ESPNUDowdy-Ficklen Stadium (50,000)


The Series: NC State leads 16-12; East Carolina leads 2-1 at home
The Coaches: Dave Doeren: 19-20 (4th year) at NC State; 42-24 (7th year) overall; Scottie Montgomery: 1-0 at ECU (1st year) and overall
Last week: NC State def. William & Mary 48-14; ECU def. Western Carolina 52-7

Of note: The teams renew their in-state rivalry, which has seen East Carolina capture the last two meetings, including a 42-28 win in Raleigh in the most recent matchup on Nov. 23, 2013 ... The teams have split the last eight meetings, and the Wolfpack seeks its first win in Greenville since 2007 ... East Carolina is led by first-year head coach Scottie Montgomery, former standout wide receiver and offensive assistant coach at Duke.

Ones to watch: Redshirt sophomore QB Ryan Finley finished 17-of-21 passing  for 174 yards and 2 TDs in his first college start vs. William & Mary ... RB Anthony Scott keyed ECU’s win over Western Carolina by rushing for 120 yards and scoring three TDs (one rushing, two receiving).

Next game: Old Dominion at NC State (Sept. 17); ECU at South Carolina (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at Pitt (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Noon | ESPN |Heinz Field (68,400)


The Series: Penn State leads 50-42-4; Pitt leads 34-28-4 at home
The Coaches: James Franklin: 15-12 (third year) at Penn State; 39-27 (6th year) overall; Pat Narduzzi: 9-5 (2nd year) at Pitt and overall
Last week: Penn State def. Kent State 33-13; Pitt def. Villanova 28-7

Of note: Saturday marks the 97th meeting in this in-state rivalry that was first played in 1893, but the first since the Panthers’ 12-0 victory in 2000 at old Three Rivers Stadium ... The schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92. Following a four-year break, the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000 before its current hiatus ... The teams are now set to meet each of the next four seasons, with each school serving as the host team twice.

Ones to watch: Penn State QB Trace McSorley threw for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the win over Kent State ... Pitt WR Quadree Henderson returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a score to break the game open against Villanova.

Next game: Pitt at Oklahoma State (Sept. 17); Temple at Penn State (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
Boston College (0-1, 0-1 ACC) at UMass (0-0)
Noon | NESN/ESPN3 | Gillette Stadium (68,756)


The Series: Boston College leads 20-5; Boston College leads 8-2 at UMass
The Coaches: Steve Addazio: 17-22 (4th year) at BC; 30-34 (6th year) overall; Mark Whipple: 155-45 (9th year) at UMass; 127-78 (19th year) overall
Last week: Georgia Tech def. Boston College 17-14; Florida def. UMass 24-7

Of note: Boston College and UMass will renew their series that was first played in 1899 and most recently in 2014 ... Boston College has registered eight straight wins in the series since the Minutemen’s 27-0 victory at home in 1978 ... The Eagles piled up 348 yards on the ground in a 30-7 victory at Gillette Stadium two years ago ... UMass veteran coach Mark Whipple’s resume includes an ACC stint as Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.

Ones to watch: Boston College junior middle LB Connor Strachan recorded a career-high and a game-high four tackles for a loss against Georgia Tech ... UMass LB Teddy Lowery led the Minutemen with 11 tackles in last Saturday’s game at Florida.

Next game: Boston College at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17); FIU at UMass (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
Charleston Southern (1-1, 0-0 BSC) at #3/3 Florida State (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | RSN | ACC Network ExtraDoak Campbell Stadium (79,560)


The Series: Florida State leads 1-0; FSU leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches: Jamey Chadwell: 29-11 (4th year) at CSU; 52-32 (8th year) overall; Jimbo Fisher: 69-14 (7th year) at Florida State and overall
Last week: Charleston Southern def. Kentucky State 57-7; FSU def. Ole Miss 45-34

Of note: Florida State faces defending Big South Conference champion Charleston Southern in its 2016 home opener ... CSU is currently ranked sixth among FCS programs ... It marks the second all-time meeting between the Seminoles and Bucs ... FSU defeated Charleston Southern 62-10 in 2011 as QB EJ Manuel threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns ... The Seminoles currently own a 21-game homefield winning streak, which stands as the longest currently held by an FBS team.

Ones to watch:  RB Alan Barnwell led CSU’s rushing attack against Kentucky State with 108 yards on just four carries ...Redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois led Florida State to the biggest comeback victory in school history by passing for 419 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ole Miss.

Next game: Florida State at Louisville (Sept. 17); Charleston Southern at Monmouth (Sept. 24)

 Saturday, September 10
Troy (1-0, 0-0 SBC) at #2/2 Clemson (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC NetworkMemorial Stadium (81,500)

The Series: Clemson leads 1-0; Clemson leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches: Neal Brown: 5-8 (2nd year) at Troy and overall; Dabo Swinney: 76-27 (9th year) at Clemson and overall
Last week: Troy def. Austin Peay 57-17; Clemson def. Auburn 19-13

Of note: Clemson plays at Death Valley for the first time in six games ... The Tigers last played at home vs. Wake Forest last Nov. 21, then closed out the 2015 season at South Carolina and three neutral site games (the ACC Championship Game, two College Football Playoff games) and then opened the 2016 season last week at Auburn ... Clemson defeated Troy 43-19 in their lone previous meeting in 2011 but trailed 16-13 at halftime of that contest.

Ones to watch: RB Jordan Chunn rushed for 161 yards on 13 carries in Troy’s win over Austin Peay, including a 48-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage ... Clemson WR Mike Williams returned from last season’s injury to make nine catches for 174 yards against Auburn.

Next game:  S.C. State at Clemson (Sept. 17); Troy at Southern Miss (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
Mercer (0-1, 0-1 SoCon) at Georgia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
3 p.m. | ACC Network ExtraBobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Georgia Tech leads 13-1-1; Georgia Tech leads 10-0-1 at home
The Coaches: Bobby Lamb: 21-15 (4th year) at Mercer; 88-55 (13th year) overall; Paul Johnson: 62-44 (9th year) at GT; 169-83 (20th year) overall
Last week: The Citadel def. Mercer 24-23; Georgia Tech def. Boston College 17-14

Of note: After nearly 80 years, Georgia Tech renews it series with in-state opponent Mercer ... The Yellow Jackets have prevailed in their last 11 games vs. the Bears, including a 19-0 win in the most recent meeting on Oct. 1, 1938 ... Tech has shut out Mercer in the last six meetings (including a 105-0 win in 1914), and in nine of the last 10 series matchups ... The Bears’ lone win over the Yellow Jackets came by a 12-6 margin in the series opener in 1892, and the teams tied 12-12 in 1896.

Ones to watch: Mercer senior LB Tyler Ward recorded nine tackles - including five solo stops and two tackles for loss - against the Citadel ...Georgia Tech A-back Qua Searcy had three key catches vs. BC, including a 22-yarder on fourth-and-19 that kept the Jackets’ game-winning drive alive.

Next game: Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech (Sept. 17); Tennessee Tech at Mercer (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
 Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC) at Duke (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU | Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004)


The Series: Duke leads 57-37-2; Duke leads 29-21 at home
The Coaches: Dave Clawson: 7-18 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 97-98 (17th year) overallDavid Cutcliffe: 49-53 (9th year) at Duke; 93-82 (16th year) overall
Last week: Wake Forest def. Tulane 7-3; Duke def. N.C. Central 49-6

Of note: Duke has won four straight in the series, which began with a neutral site meeting in Raleigh in 1889 ... Duke leads 34-27-1 in ACC games ... The Demon Deacons had taken 12 straight vs. the Blue Devils prior to Duke’s current winning streak ... QB Thomas Sirk threw two touchdown passes to WR Max McCaffrey and ran for another score to lead Duke to a 27-21 victory to close out the regular season last Nov. 28 in Winston-Salem.

Ones to watch: Wake Forest DL Julian Jackson had five tackles and two sacks, the last of which forced a game-clinching fumble in the win over Tulane ... Duke DT A.J. Wolf had three quarterback sacks and one QB pressure in the season-opening win over NC Central.

Next game: Delaware at Wake Forest (Sept. 17); Duke at Northwestern (Sept. 17)

Saturday, September 10
Florida Atlantic (1-0, 0-0 C-USA) at #25/- Miami (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
6 p.m. |  ACC Network ExtraHard Rock Stadium (64,982)


The Series: Miami leads 2-0; Miami leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches: Charlie Partridge: 7-18 (3rd year) at FAU and overallMark Richt: 1-0 (1st year) at Miami; 146-51 (16th year) overall
Last week: FAU def. Southern Illinois 38-30; Miami def. Florida A&M 70-3

Of note: The Hurricanes face Florida Atlantic for the second consecutive year following a 44-20 road win last season ... The Hurricanes are set to play three home games against in-state opponents in a span of just over five weeks, with FAMU visiting last weekend and ACC rival Florida State scheduled at Hard Rock Stadium on October 8 ... Miami RB Joseph Yearby accounted 243 total yards and two touchdowns last year against the Owls, including 146 yards on the ground.

Ones to watch: Florida Atlantic RB Buddy Howell rushed for 128 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns against Southern Illinois ... Miami RB Mark Walton rushed for a career-high 116 yards to lead a team effort of 373 rushing yards in the win over FAMU.

Next game: Miami at Appalachian State (Sept. 17); FAU at Kansas State (Sept. 17)


Saturday, September 10
North Carolina (0-1, 0-0 ACC) at Illinois (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
7:30 p.m. |  BTN | Memorial Stadium (60,670)
The Series: North Carolina leads 3-0; UNC leads 1-0 at Illinois
The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 32-21 (5th year) at UNC; 66-40 (9th year) overall; Lovie Smith: 1-0 (1st year) at Illinois and overall
Last week: Georgia def. North Carolina 33-24; Illinois def. Murray State 52-3

Of note: The Tar Heels face the Fighting Illini for the second consecutive season but make their first trip to Champaign since posting a 27-0 road win in 1971 ... Last year’s 48-14 UNC win in Chapel Hill saw WR Ryan Switzer pile up 168 punt-return yards to break a UNC single-game record that had stood since 1951 ... Switzer scored on an 85-yard punt return and also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass.

Ones to watch: UNC RB T.J. Logan had a 95-yard kickoff return and a 21-yard run for touchdowns in the Tar Heels’ season opener vs. Georgia ...  QB Wes Lunt threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns to lead Illinois to last week’s win in head coach Lovie Smith’s debut at the school.

Next game: James Madison at UNC (Sept. 17); Western Michigan at Illinois (Sept. 17)

 Saturday, September 10
Virginia Tech (1-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. #17/14 Tennessee (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
8 p.m. | ABC Bristol Motor Speedway (150,000)


The Series: Tennessee leads 5-3; Tied 1-1 in neutral site games
The Coaches: Justin Fuente: 1-0 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 27-23 (5th year) overall; Butch Jones: 22-17 (4th year) at Tennessee; 72-44 (10th year) overall
Last week: Virginia Tech def. Liberty 36-13; Tennessee def. Appalachian State 20-13 (OT)

Of note: With over 150,000 fans expected, Saturday night’s game should easily break the previous attendance record for a college football game (115,109 saw Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013) ... This will mark the first time since 1937 that the teams have met during the regular season ... Virginia Tech posted a 37-14 win in the most recent meeting, which came in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Ones to watch: Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd rushed for 112 yards vs. Appalachian State, surpassing the 100-yard barrier for the fourth-consecutive game ... QB Jerod Evans threw for 221 yards and four touchdown in his first game as a Hokie to lead Virginia Tech past Liberty.

Next game: Boston College at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17); Ohio at Tennessee (Sept. 17)

 Saturday, September 10
Virginia (0-1, 0-0 ACC) at #24/23 Oregon (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
10:30 p.m. | ESPNAutzen Stadium (54,000)


The Series: Oregon leads 1-0; First meeting at Oregon
The Coaches: Bronco Mendenhall: 0-1 (1st year) at Virginia; 99-44 (12th year) overallMark Helfrich: 34-8 (4th year) at Oregon and overall
Last week: Richmond def. Virginia 37-20; Oregon def. UC Davis 53-28

Of note: Virginia travels west of the Mississippi River for the third-straight season and the fifth time since 2010 ... UVA’s seventh meeting with a Pac-12 opponent will be its first-ever contest in the state of Oregon ... It is also the fourth season in a row that UVA’s regular-season slate includes a team from the Pac-12 ... Saturday night’s game concludes a home-and-home set that began with the Ducks’ 59-10 win in Charlottesville in the first meeting of the programs in 2013.

Ones to watch: QB Kurt Benkert threw for three touchdowns against Richmond last Saturday in his first start at Virginia  ... Oregon freshman LB Troy Dye had 11 tackles, including 4.5 for loss with one sack, and blocked a field goal in the win over UC Davis.

Next game: Virginia at Connecticut (Sept. 17); Oregon at Nebraska (Sept. 17)