Previewing Week 6 in ACC Football


Friday, October 9

NC State (4-1, 0-1 ACC) at Virginia Tech (2-3, 0-1 ACC)
8 p.m. on ESPN at Lane Stadium (65,632)

The Series: Virginia Tech leads 26-18-4; Virginia Tech leads 9-3-2 at home

The Coaches: Dave Doeren: 15-15 (3rd year) at NC State; 38-19 (5th year) overall; Frank Beamer: 233-118-2 (29th year) at Virginia Tech; 275-141-4 (35th year) overall

Last week: Louisville def. NC State 20-13; Pitt def. Virginia Tech 17-13

Of note: The teams meet for the first time since 2010 and the fifth time in an ACC game ... The Wolfpack claimed a 17-16 win in the first ACC meeting between the teams at Blacksburg in 2004 ... The Hokies have since won three straight in the series, which was first played in 1900 ... The schools met 22 times at neutral sites between 1906 and 1959, with Virginia cities Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke and Portsmouth, plus Bluefield, West Virginia, all hosting games.

Ones to watch: NC State LB Airius Moore had nine tackles, including one for loss, in last Saturday’s loss to visiting Louisville ... Virginia Tech CB Chuck Clark had nine tackles vs. Pitt, his eighth straight game registering at least five.

Next week: NC State has an open date; Virginia Tech at Miami (Oct. 17)

Saturday,October 10

Duke (4-1; 2-0 ACC) at Army (1-4)
Noon on CBSSN at Michie Stadium (38,000)

The Series:  Army leads 11-10-1; Duke leads 6-3-1 at Army

The Coaches:  David Cutcliffe: 44-49 (8th year) at Duke; 88-78 (15th year) overall; Jeff Monken: 5-12 (2nd year) at Army; 43-28 (6th year) overall

Last week: Duke def. Boston College 9-7, Penn State def. Army 20-14

Of note: Renewal of a series that was first played in 1944 and most recently in 2010 ... Army snapped a two-game losing streak versus the Blue Devils with a 35-21 victory in the last meeting five years ago ... Army scored four touchdowns off Duke turnovers in claiming the win, overcoming a big day by Blue Devil WR Conner Vernon, who led all players with eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown .... Duke will be the second ACC team Army has hosted this season ... Wake Forest claimed a 17-14 win at Michie Stadium on Sept. 19.

Ones to watch: PK Ross Martin connected on field goals of 36, 38 and 53 yards, the latter tying a career-long, to account for all of Duke’s scoring in the win over Boston College ... Army QB AJ Schurr rushed for 74 yards and both of his team’s touchdowns in last Saturday’s loss to Penn State.

Next week: Duke has an open date; Bucknell at Army (Oct. 17)

Virginia (1-3, 0-0 ACC)  at Pitt (3-1, 1-0 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at Heinz Field (68,400)       

The Series:   Pitt leads 4-3; Pitt leads 3-0 at home

The Coaches:   Mike London: 24-41 (6th year) at Virginia; 48-46 (8th year) overall; Pat Naduzzi: 3-1 (1st year) at Pitt and overall

Last week:  Virginia had an open date; Pitt def. Virginia Tech 17-13

Of note: The Cavaliers visit the Panthers for the third meeting between the teams as ACC members ... The teams have split their first two conference meetings, with Pitt winning 14-3 at home two years ago and Virginia claiming a 24-19 win last season in Charlottesville ... RB Kevin Parks ran for a career-best 169 yards and a touchdown to lead Virginia in last season’s game ... Five of the seven previous meetings between the teams have come in the past 12 years, including a 23-16 Virginia win in the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ones to watch: WR T.J. Thorpe, in his first game for Virginia after three seasons at North Carolina, had a 75-yard TD pass reception vs. Boise State on Sept. 25 ... Pitt LB Matt Galambos had a career-high 10 tackles, including a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in last Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech.

Next week: Syracuse at Virginia (Oct. 17); Pitt at Georgia Tech (Oct. 17)

Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2 ACC) 
 at Boston College (3-2, 0-2 ACC)
3 p.m. on RSN at Alumni Stadium (44,500)

The Series:  Boston College leads 12-8-2; Boston College leads 5-2 at home

The Coaches:  Dave Clawson: 5-12 (2nd year) at Wake Forest; 95-91 (16th year) overall; Steve Addazio: 17-14 (3rd year) at Boston College; 30-26 (5th year) overall

Last week:  Florida State def. Wake Forest 24-16; Duke def. Boston College 9-7

Of note: Boston College seeks its third straight win in the series and holds a 7-3 edge versus the Deacons since joining the conference in 2005  ... BC escaped Winston-Salem with a 23-17 win last year as RB Jon Hilliman rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns ... Eight of the first 10 games between the schools from 1941 through 1953 were played in Boston’s major league baseball parks -- two at Fenway Park and six straight at old Braves Field from 1946 through 1951.

Ones to watch: Wake Forest DB Zach Dancel had seven tackles with four solo stops with one sack vs. No. 11 Florida State in last Saturday’s game ... Redshirt freshman QB Troy Flutie completed a 66-yard touchdown pass vs. Duke for the Eagles’ longest play from scrimmage this season.

Next week: Wake Forest at North Carolina (Oct. 17); Boston College at Clemson (Oct. 17)

Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 ACC)  at South Florida (1-3, 0-1 AAC)
3:30 p.m. on CBSSN at Raymond James Stadium (65,000)


The Series:  South Florida leads 6-2; Tied 2-2 at South Florida

The Coaches:  Scott Shafer: 13-16 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overallWillie Taggart: 7-21 (3rd year) at South Florida; 23-41 (6th year) overall

Last week:  Syracuse had an open date; Memphis def. South Florida 24-17

Of note: Syracuse faces the Bulls for the first time since the teams met eight consecutive years as Big East conference members from 2005 through 2012 ...  While USF won six of those meetings, both of the Orange’s series wins have come in Tampa, most recently by a 37-36 score in 2012 ... Ryan Nassib threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Alec Lemon with three seconds left as Syracuse rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit in that win ... The teams will meet again at the Carrier Dome to complete the current home-and-home series on Sept. 17, 2016.

Ones to watch: Syracuse WR Brisly Estime had a career-best 261 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown in the Orange’s most recent outing vs. No. 8 LSU on Sept. 26 ...USF RB Marlon Mack registered his sixth-career 100-yard rushing game with 107 yards on 20 carries in last week’s loss to Memphis.

Next week: Syracuse at Virginia (Oct. 17); South Florida at Connecticut (Oct. 17)

Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2)  at #6/6 Clemson (4-0, 1-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2 at Memorial Stadium (81,500)

The Series:  Georgia Tech leads 50-27-2; Clemson leads 12-6 at home

The Coaches:  Paul Johnson: 60-38 (8th year) at Georgia Tech; 167-77 (19th year) overall; Dabo Swinney: 65-26 (8th year) at Clemson and overall

Last week:  Clemson def. Notre Dame 24-22; North Carolina def. Georgia Tech 38-31

Of note: The Yellow Jackets and Tigers will meet for the eighth time in seven seasons (including a date in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game) ... Gerogia Tech snapped a two-game Tiger winning streak in the series with last season’s 28-6 victory in a matchup of nationally ranked teams in Atlanta ... Jamal Golden returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, and Chris Milton picked off another pass and returned it 62 yards for a score to key the Yellow Jackets.

Ones to watch:  Georgia Tech true freshman A-back Mikell Lands-Davis saw his first career action against North Carolina last Saturday and caught his first career touchdown pass ... Clemson DE Shaq Lawson has recorded at least 1.5 tackles for loss in every game this season, including 3.5 in  last Saturday’s win over over No. 6 Notre Dame.

Next week:  Pitt at Georgia Tech (Oct. 17); Boston College at Clemson (Oct. 17)

Miami (3-1, 0-0 ACC)  at #12/8 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC)
8 p.m. on ABC at Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

The Series:   Miami leads 31-28; Miami leads 14-9 at FSU

The Coaches: Al Golden: 31-23 (5th year) at Miami; 58-57 (10th year) overall; Jimbo Fisher: 62-11 (6th year) at Florida State and overall

Last week: Cincinnati def. Miami 34-23; Florida State def. Wake Forest 24-16

Of note: Florida State seeks its sixth straight win in the rivalry series and its ninth in the last 11 meetings between the teams ... The Seminoles are 8-3 vs. the Hurricanes in ACC games ... The streaky series saw Miami win six straight from 2000 through 2004 (including one Orange Bowl win) ... FSU had won five straight prior to that ... RB Dalvin Cook ran for two scores, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:05 remaining, to lift the third-ranked Seminoles to a 30-26 win in last November’s game at Sun Life Stadium.

Ones to watch: Miami senior LB Raphael Kirby posted 10 or more tackles for the third straight game when he finished with 11 stops in last Thursday night’s game vs. Cincinnati ... Florida State LB Reggie Northrup led the defense with 10 tackles (including five solo stops) and four quarterback hurries vs. Wake Forest.

Next week: Virginia Tech at Miami (Oct. 17); Louisville at Florida State (Oct. 17)