Previewing Week 3 in ACC Football

Saturday, September 17
#2/#2 Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at #10/10 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
Noon | ABCPapa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Florida State leads 14-2; Florida State leads 5-1 at Louisville
The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 70-14 (7th year) at Florida State and overall; Bobby Petrino: 60-18 (7th year at Louisville); 102-39 (12th year) overall
Last week: FSU def. Charleston Southern 52-8; Louisville def. Syracuse 62-28

Of note: FSU owns a 2-0 record vs. the Cardinals in ACC Atlantic Division play, including last year’s 41-21 win in Tallahassee ... ESPN GameDay will make is first-ever appearance in Louisville as part of this Saturday’s game ... The first 14 games in the series took place between 1952 and 2002 with the Cardinals winning the opener, the Seminoles winning 12 straight, and then Louisville winning the finale by a 26-20 score in overtime at home vs. a fourth-ranked FSU team in 2002.

Ones to watch: FSU WR Travis Rudolph had seven catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Charleston Southern ... Louisville senior RB Brandon Radcliff rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in last Friday night’s win over Syracuse.

Next game: Florida State at South Florida (Sept. 24); Louisville at Marshall (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
South Carolina State (0-2, 0-0 MEAC) at #5/3 Clemson (2-0, 0-0 ACC)
Noon | RSNMemorial Stadium (81,500)


The Series: Clemson leads 3-0; Clemson leads 3-0 at home
The Coaches: Oliver “Buddy” Pough: 112-53 (15th year) at SC State and overall; Dabo Swinney: 77-27 (9th year) at Clemson and overall
Last week: Louisiana Tech def. S.C. State 53-24; Clemson def. Troy 30-24

Of note: Fourth meeting in series between in-state opponents that began in 2008 and was played most recently in 2014 (a 73-7 Clemson win) ... Both teams a open conference play next week ... A trio of current Tiger juniors stood out vs. the Bulldogs two years ago as WR Artavis Scott set a school freshman single-game record for receiving yards (164), RB Wayne Gallman rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries and QB Deshaun Watson finished 8-of-9 passing for 154 yards with three TDs. 

Ones to watch: South Carolina State redshirt junior DB Jason Baxter recorded a game-high 10 tackles in last Saturday’s game at Louisiana Tech ... Clemson S Van Smith leads the Tigers with 23 tackles while playing 150 snaps through the first two games.

Next game: Clemson at Georgia Tech (Sept. 22); South Carolina State at Florida A&M (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
#25/25 Miami (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at Appalachian State (1-1, 0-0 SBC)
Noon | ESPNKidd Brewer Stadium (23,150)

The Series: First meeting
The Coaches: Mark Richt: 2-0 (1st year) at Miami; 147-51 (16th year) overall; Scott Satterfield: 23-16 (4th year) at Appalachian State and overall
Last week: Miami def. FAU 38-10; Appalachian State def. Old Dominion 31-7

Of note: First meeting of a home-and-home set that will see Appalachian State travel to Miami in 2021 ... The Mountaineers are playing host to an Autonomy 5 conference team for the first time in program history ... Appalachian is slated to host ACC foes in back-to-back seasons, as Miami’s visit will be followed by a home contest against Wake Forest in 2017 ... Saturday’s game is expected to set a new Kidd Brewer Stadium attendance record (currently 31,528 set in 2010 vs. Elon).

Ones to watch: Miami freshman LB Michael Pinckney totaled a career-high nine tackles, including six solo stops and 1.5 quarterback sacks in the win over FAU ... Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns to key the Mountaineers past Old Dominion.

Next game: Miami at Georgia Tech (Oct. 1); Appalachian State at Akron (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1 SEC) at Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
Noon | ACC NetworkBobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Georgia Tech leads 19-15-3; Georgia Tech leads 12-10 at home
The Coaches: Derek Mason: 8-18 (4th year) at Vanderbilt and overall; Paul Johnson: 63-44 (9th year) at GT; 170-83 (20th year) overall
Last week: Vanderbilt def. Middle Tennessee 47-24; Georgia Tech def. Mercer 35-10

Of note: Georgia Tech has not lost to the Commodores since 1941 and owns an 11-0-1 record in the head-to-head meetings since ... The Yellow Jackets posted a 56-31 in the most recent meeting in 2009, when RB Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns ... The series began in 1892, when Vanderbilt defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 20-10 ... The game was just the second in the history of Georgia Tech’s football program.

Ones to watch: Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb totaled a career-high 211 yards  - third most in single-game school history - on 29 carries against Middle Tennessee ... Tech backup QB Matthew Jordan has three rushing touchdowns in two games this season and five in seven career games.

Next game: Clemson at Georgia Tech (Sept. 22); Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky (Sept. 24)


Saturday, September 17
Virginia (0-2 0-0 ACC) at UConn (1-1, 0-0 AAC)
1:30 p.m.| SNY/ESPN3Rentschler Field (40,000)

The Series: Tied 1-1; UConn leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches:  Bronco Mendenhall: 0-2 (1st year) at Virginia; 99-45 (12th year) overall; Bob Diaco: 9-18 (3rd year) at UConn and overall
Last week: Oregon def. Virginia 44-26; Navy def. UConn 28-24

Of note: The Cavaliers face the Huskies for the first time since 2008, when UConn posted a 45-10 victory at Rentschler Field ... This week’s game will be the first of a home-and-home series, which will see UConn travel to Charlottesville on Sept. 16 of next season .... Third-year UConn defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter will be going against his alma mater on Saturday ... Poindexter is a former Cavalier All-America safety and previously spent 11 years as an assistant coach at UVA. 

Ones to watch:  RB Albert Reid rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown in Virginia’s road loss to No. 24 Oregon ... UConn QB Bryant Shirreffs was 23-of-26 passing for 239 yards and a TD vs. Navy last Saturday.

Next game: Central Michigan at Virginia (Sept. 24); Syracuse at UConn (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
Pitt (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at Oklahoma State (1-1, 0-0 Big 12)
3:30 p.m.| ESPNBoone Pickens Stadium (60,218)


The Series: First meeting
The Coaches: Pat Narduzzi: 9-5 (2nd year) at Pitt and overall; Mike Gundy: 95-47 (11th year) at OSU and overall
Last week: Central Michigan def. Oklahoma State 30-27; Pitt def. Penn State 42-39

Of note: The Panthers and Cowboys break new football ground with a home-and-home series that will see Oklahoma State traveling to Pittsburgh next season (Sept. 16) ... Pitt owns a 66-47-4 all-time record against current Big 12 schools, but that includes a 61-40-3 mark against neighboring West Virginia ... Oklahoma State is one of eight teams the Panthers face this season that participated in a postseason bowl game in 2015.

Ones to watch: Oklahoma State WR Jalen McCleskey hauled in 11 passes for 103 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown reception, last week versus Central Michigan ... Pitt CB Ryan Lewis has a team-high nine tackles (all solo) and the game-clinching interception in the win over Penn State.

Next game: Pitt at North Carolina (Sept. 24); Oklahoma State at Baylor (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
Boston College (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at Virginia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m.| ESPNULane Stadium (65,632)


The Series: Virginia Tech leads 16-8; Virginia Tech leads 6-4 at home
The Coaches: Steve Addazio: 18-22 (4th year) at BC; 31-34 (6th year) overall; Justin Fuente: 1-1 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 27-24 (5th year) overall
Last week: Boston College def. UMass 26-7; Tennessee def. Virginia Tech 45-24

Of note: Virginia Tech’s 26-10 victory last year at Chestnut Hill snapped a two-year winning streak by the Eagles in the series ... The Hokies built a 20-0 lead by halftime with the help of QB Michael Brewer’s 27-yard TD pass to WR Cam Phillips ... BC came away with a 33-31 win on its last trip to Blacksburg two seasons ago ... Virginia Tech holds an 8-5 edge in games between the schools in ACC play, including victories in both the 2007 and 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Championship games

Ones to watch: Sophomore WR Jeff Smith caught his first career TD passes on back-to-back offensive plays vs. UMass ... Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford had five catches vs. Tennessee, extending his streak of catching at least two passes in a game to a school-record 28 straight contests.

Next game: Wagner at Boston College (Sept. 24); East Carolina at Virginia Tech (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
James Madison (2-0, 0-0 CAA)  at North Carolina (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m.| RSNKenan Stadium (63,000)


The Series: North Carolina leads 2-0 and at home 
The Coaches: Mike Houston: 2-0 (1st year) at JMU; 45-19 (6th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 33-21 (5th year) at UNC; 67-40 (9th year) overall
Last week: UNC def. Illinois 48-23; JMU def. Central Connecticut State 56-21

Of note: The game will be the home opener for UNC, which faces James Madison for the first time since posting a 42-10 win at home in 2011 ... JMU first-year head coach Mike Houston is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Franklin (N.C.) High School ... QB Bryn Renner threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in UNC’s win over the Dukes in the last meeting five years ago while setting an ACC single-game accuracy record by completing 22 of 23 passes (95.7 percent).

Ones to watch: JMU RB junior Cardon Johnson rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns in the win over Central Connecticut State ... UNC LB Andre Smith had a career-high 14 tackles, including eight solo and six assists, in the road win at Illinois.

Next game: Pitt at North Carolina (Sept. 24); James Madison at Maine (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
South Florida (2-0, 0-0 AAC) at Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
3:30 p.m.| ACC Network ExtraCarrier Dome (49,262)


The Series: South Florida leads 7-2; South Florida leads 4-0 at Syracuse
The Coaches: Willie Taggart: 16-23 (4th year) at USF; 32-43 (7th year overall); Dino Babers: 1-1 (1st year) at Syracuse; 38-17 (5th year) overall
Last week: Louisville def. Syracuse 62-28; South Florida def. Northern Illinois 48-17

Of note: The Orange tries for its first homefield win over the Bulls, while USF will look to bump off Syracuse for the second consecutive year ... RB Marlon Mack rushed 179 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead the Bulls to a 45-24 last year in Tampa ... Saturday’s meeting will mark the first time the teams have met in Syracuse since 2011, when USF posted a 37-17 victory at the Carrier Dome ... The series began in 2005, when both teams were members of the Big East.

Ones to watch: Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter had a career-high 11 punts for 484 yards and a 44.0 average against Louisville ... USF QB Quinton Flowers threw for a career-high 350 yards and tied his career high with four touchdown passes against Northern Illinois.

Next game: Syracuse at UConn (Sept. 24); Florida State at South Florida (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
Old Dominion (1-1, 0-0 C-USA)  at NC State (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
6 p.m.| ACC Network ExtraCarter-Finley Stadium (57,600)


The Series: NC State leads 2-0; NC State leads 1-0 at home
The Coaches: Bobby Wilder: 58-28 (8th year) at Old Dominion and overall; Dave Doeren: 19-21 (4th year) at NC State; 42-25 (7th year) overall
Last week: East Carolina def. NC State 33-30; Appalachian State def. Old Dominion 31-7

Of note: The teams meet for a third straight season ... The Wolfpack posted a 46-34 win in the series opener two years ago at Carter-Finley and claimed a 38-14 road win last year as QB Jacoby Brissett threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score ... The game continues ODU’s recent trend of scheduling ACC opponents ... The Monarchs have seven dates lined up against Virginia Tech, beginning in 2017, and a home-and-home set with Wake Forest in 2020 and 2021.

Ones to watch: Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown last Saturday at Appalachian State ... NC State WR Stephen Louis had three catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in last Saturday’s game at East Carolina.

Next game: Wake Forest at NC State (Oct 1); UTSA at Old Dominion (Sept. 24)

Saturday, September 17
Delaware (2-0, 0-0 CAA) at Wake Forest (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
6:30 p.m.| ACC Network ExtraBB&T Field (31,500)


The Series: Wake Forest leads 1-0; First meeting at Wake Forest
The Coaches: Dave Brock: 19-18 (4th year) at Delaware and overall; Dave Clawson: 8-18 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 98-98 (17th year) overall
Last week: Wake Forest def, Duke 24-14; Delaware def. Lafayette 24-6

Of note: The schools meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1932, when the Demon Deacons posted a 7-0 win on the road ... Delaware head coach Dave Brock’s resume includes ACC stops as an assistant coach at North Carolina (2005-06) and Boston College (2009-11) ... The Blue Hens, who have played games against ACC opponents in the past, have additional upcoming road dates at Virginia Tech (2017), Pitt (2019) and NC State (2020).

Ones to watch: Delaware sophomore LB Jasawn Thompson had five tackles, including a pair of sacks in last weekend’s road win at Lafayette ... Wake Forest freshman RB Cade Carney rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns in the Demon Deacons’ win at Duke.

Next game: Wake Forest at Indiana (Sept. 24); Delaware at James Madison (Oct. 1)


Saturday, September 17
Duke (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at Northwestern (0-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
8 p.m.| Big Ten Network | Ryan Field (47,130)


The Series: Northwestern leads 9-8; Northwestern leads Duke leads 5-3 at Northwestern
The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 49-54 (9th year) at Duke; 93-83 (16th year) overall; Pat Fitzgerald: 70-58 (11th year) at Northwestern and overall
Last week: Wake Forest def. Duke 24-14; Illinois State def. Northwestern 9-7 

Of note: Duke seeks to regain the edge in a series that has seen Northwestern win the last two games and seven of the last eight ... The No. 23 Wildcats won 19-10 last year at Duke with the help of Solomon Vault’s 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at the outset of the second half ... The teams will be meeting for the 18th time since the series began in 1985, but last year’s meeting in Durham was the first in the series since 2008. 

Ones to watch: Duke redshirt freshman LB Joe Giles-Harris made 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops, and his first career interception against Wake Forest ... Northwestern sophomore CB Montre Hardage had an interception and a career-high nine solo tackles against Illinois State.

Next game: Duke at Notre Dame (Sept. 24); Nebraska at Northwestern (Sept. 24)