Previewing Week 7 in ACC Football

Friday, October 14
Duke (3-3, 0-2 ACC) at #7/7 Louisville (4-1, 2-1 ACC)
7 p.m. | ESPN | Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Louisville leads 1-0; First meeting at Louisville
The Coaches: David Cutcliffe: 51-56 (9th year) at Duke; 95-85 (16th year) overall; Bobby Petrino: 62-19 (7th year) at Louisville; 104-40 (12th year) overall
Last week: Duke def. Army West Point 13-6; Louisville had an open date

Of note: The Blue Devils and Cardinals square off for the first time in ACC play ... The only prior meeting between the programs came on Sept. 7, 2002, when QB Dave Ragone threw for 258 yards to lead Louisville to a 40-3 win at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium ... TE Ronnie Ghent finished with 10 receptions for the Cardinals, and Brent Garber’s 48-yard field goal accounted for the Blue Devils’ only points of the game.

Ones to watch: Duke S Deondre Singleton had an interception in the fourth quarter to help seal Saturday’s win over Army West Point ... Louisville CB Jaire Alexander picked off two passes in the Cardinals’ most recent outing at Clemson on Oct. 1, giving him a team-high three this season. 

Next game: Duke at Georgia Tech (Oct. 29); NC State at Louisville (Oct. 22)

Saturday, October 15
NC State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at #3/3 Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC)
Noon | ABC | Memorial Stadium (81,500)


The Series: Clemson leads 55-28-1; Clemson leads 24-11 at home
The Coaches: Dave Doeren: 22-21 (4th year) at NC State; 45-25 (7th year) overall; Dabo Swinney: 81-27 (9th year) at Clemson and overall
Last week: NC State def. Notre Dame 10-3; Clemson def. Boston College 56-10

Of note: Clemson seeks its fifth straight win in the “Textile Bowl” series which was first played in 1899 in Rock Hill, S.C., and has seen the teams meet every year since 1971 ... Clemson leads 35-22 in ACC meetings between the programs ... The Tigers came out on top in a 56-41 scoring fest last year in Raleigh as QB Deshaun Watson accounted for six touchdowns and Clemson overcame three touchdown passes and one rushing TD by Wolfpack QB Jacoby Brissett.

Ones to watch:  NC State DE Bradley Chubb had three QB sacks to help key last Saturday’s strong defensive effort versus Notre Dame ... Clemson DT Christian Wilkins had four tackles, including two for loss with one quarterback sack, in last Friday night’s win over Boston College.

Next game: NC State at Louisville (Oct. 22); Clemson at Florida State (Oct. 29)

Saturday, October 15
Pitt (4-2, 1-1 ACC) at Virginia (2-3,1-0 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC Network | Scott Stadium (61,500)

The Series: Pitt leads 5-3; Virginia leads 2-1 at home
The Coaches: Pat Narduzzi: 12-7 (2nd year) at Pitt and overall; Bronco Mendenhall: 2-3 (1st year) at Virginia; 101-46 (12th year) overall
Last week: Pitt def. Georgia Tech 37-34; Virginia had an open date 

Of note: Pitt holds a 2-1 edge in ACC meetings between the teams, with each side winning at home ... That includes last year’s 26-19 Panthers’ victory at Heinz Field, as QB Nathan Peterman threw for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... The five meetings before Pitt joined the ACC in 2013, included the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl at Charlotte on Dec. 27, 2003, which saw Virginia post a 23-16 win. 

Ones to watch:  Pitt senior PK Chris Blewitt became the school’s all-time leader in field goals (52) with three against Georgia Tech, including a 31-yard  game-winner as time expired ... Virginia CB Juan Thornhill picked off a pair of passes in the Cavaliers’ win at Duke on Oct 1.

Next game: Virginia Tech at Pitt (Oct. 27); North Carolina at Virginia (Oct. 22)

Saturday, October 15
Georgia Southern (3-2, 2-1 SBC) at Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-3 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | RSN | Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Georgia Tech leads 1-0 overall and at home
The Coaches: Tyson Summers: 3-2 (1st) year at Georgia Southern and overall; Paul Johnson: 64-47 (9th year) at GT; 171-86 (20th year) overall
Last week: Pitt def. Georgia Tech 37-34;  Arkansas State def. Ga. Southern 27-26

Of note: Second of three non-conference games against in-state opponents for the Yellow Jackets, who defeated Mercer on Sept. 10 and will visit Georgia for their final regular-season contest on Nov. 26 ... Georgia Tech defeated Georgia Southern in the teams’ only previous meeting in 2014 by a 42-38 score as QB  Justin Thomas threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Deon Hill with 23 seconds remaining for the winning score after Georgia Southern overcome a 25-point deficit.

Ones to watch: Georgia Tech WR Ricky Jeune had three catches, including a 31-yard touchdown reception, last Saturday versus Pitt ... Georgia Southern WR Myles Campbell caught six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in last weekend’s game at Arkansas State.

Next game: Duke at Georgia Tech (Oct. 29); Georgia Southern at New Mexico State (Oct. 22)

Saturday, October 15
Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1 ACC) at #14/16 Florida State (4-2, 1-2 ACC)
3:30 p.m. | ESPN | Doak Campbell Stadium (79,560)


The Series: Florida State leads 27-6-1; Florida State leads 18-3-1 at home
The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 72-16 (7th year) at FSU and overall; Dave Clawson: 11-19 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 101-99 (3rd year) overall
Last week: Wake Forest def. Syracuse 28-9; Florida State def. Miami 20-19

Of note: Florida State seeks its fifth straight win in the Atlantic Division series ... Wake Forest’s last win versus the Seminoles came in 2011 at Winston-Salem, and the Demon Deacons won three straight, including a pair of wins in Tallahassee, from 2006 through 2008 ... Last year’s 24-16 Florida State win in Winston-Salem saw the Seminoles’ Tyler Hunter pick off a Demon Deacons’ pass in the end zone with less than 30 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Ones to watch: Wake Forest LB Marquel Lee set a career high for tackles with 15 in last Saturday night’s win over Syracuse ... Florida State DB Tarvarus McFadden is tied for the national lead with four interceptions after making another pick in the Seminoles’ win at Miami.

Next game: Army West Point at Wake Forest (Oct. 29); Clemson at Florida State (Oct. 29)

Saturday, October 15
 North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) at #16/17 Miami (4-1, 1-1 ACC)
3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2 | Hard Rock Stadium (64,982)


The Series: North Carolina leads 10-9; Miami leads 7-5 at home
The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 36-22 (5th year) at UNC; 70-41 (9th year) overall; Mark Richt: 4-1 (1st year) at Miami; 149-52 (16th year) overall
Last week: Virginia Tech def. North Carolina 34-3; Florida State def. Miami 20-19

Of note: The scramble in the Coastal Division continues, with North Carolina traveling to Miami in search of its second straight series win ... The two sides have split their last four meetings and stand 6-6 in ACC play since the Hurricanes joined the conference in 2004 ... The Tar Heels won 59-21 last season in Chapel Hill as QB Marquise Williams accounted for four touchdowns and WR Ryan Switzer had a 78-yard punt return for another score.

Ones to watch: UNC DT Nazair Jones finished with nine total tackles and a sack in last Saturday’s loss to Virginia Tech ... Miami DB Rayshawn Jenkins tied for the team lead with six solo tackles in last weekend’s loss to visiting Florida State.

Next game:  North Carolina at Virginia (Oct. 22); Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)

Saturday, October 15
 #17/19 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0 ACC)  at Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 ACC)
3:45 p.m. | ESPNU | Carrier Dome (49,262)


The Series: Syracuse leads 9-8; Syracuse leads 7-2 at home
The Coaches: Justin Fuente: 4-1 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 30-24 (5th year) overall; Dino Babers: 2-4 (1st year) at Syracuse; 39-20 (5th year) overall
Last week: Virginia Tech def. North Carolina 34-3; Wake Forest def. Syracuse 28-9 

Of note: The teams meet for the 18th time, but for the first time in ACC play and the first time since a 51-7 Virginia Tech win at Blacksburg in 2003 ... The teams first met in 1964 (a 20-15 home win by the Orange at old Archbold Stadium), but the last 16 meetings have taken place since 1985 ... The 2003 game saw Virginia Tech’s DeAngelo Hall become the first player in school history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game ... Hall also ran for another score.

Ones to watch: Virginia Tech LB Andrew Motuapuaka registered 12 tackles and picked off a pass in last Saturday’s road win at North Carolina ... Syracuse LB Parris Bennett registered 12 tackles -- his third straight game with double-digit stops -- in last Saturday night’s loss at Wake Forest.

Next game: Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20); Syracuse at Boston College (Oct. 22)