Previewing Week 8 in ACC Football

Thursday, October 20
Miami (4-2, 1-2 ACC) at Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1)
7 p.m. | ESPN | Lane Stadium (65,632)


The Series: Miami leads 20-13; Virginia Tech leads 7-6 at home
The Coaches: Mark Richt: 4-2 (1st year) at Miami; 149-53 (16th year) overall; Justin Fuente: 4-2 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 30-25 (5th year) overall
Last week: North Carolina def. Miami 20-13; Syracuse def. Virginia Tech 31-17

Of note: Miami enters Thursday night’s key Coastal Division game having won the last two in the series and three of the last four ... Virginia Tech leads 7-5 in ACC play since the schools joined the conference for the 2004 season ... One of two successive Thursday night games for the Hokies, who  have played more ESPN Thursday Night games (30) than any other ACC team ...  Virginia Tech went 21-9  under former head coach Frank Beamer on ESPN Thursday night.

Ones to watch: Miami senior DB Corn Elder  had career highs of 14 tackles (11 solo) and 2.5 tackles for loss last Saturday against North Carolina ... Virginia Tech DB Mook Reynolds had a career-high nine total tackles against Syracuse.

Next game: Miami at Notre Dame (Oct. 29); Virginia Tech at Pitt (Oct. 27)

Saturday, October 22
NC State (4-2, 1-1 ACC) at #7/7 Louisville (4-1, 3-1 ACC)
Noon | ABC | Papa John Cardinal Stadium (55,000)


The Series: Louisville leads 5-1; Louisville leads 3-0 at home
The Coaches: Dave Doeren: 22-22 (4th year) at NC State; 45-26 (7th year) overall; Bobby Petrino: 63-19 (7th year) at Louisville; 105-40 (12th year) overall
Last week: Clemson def. NC State 24-17 (OT); Louisville def. Duke 24-17

Of note: NC State makes its second consecutive road trip to face a top-10 ranked ACC Atlantic Division opponent ... The Cardinals seek their third consecutive ACC win over the Wolfpack since joining the conference prior to the 2014 season ... Louisville is 5-0 all-time in regular-season meetings between the teams ... The Wolfpack’s lone win over the Cardinals to date was a 31-24 decision in the 2011 Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

Ones to watch: NC State CB Dravious Wright forced two fumbles, including one at the goal line, in last week’s game at third-ranked Clemson ... RB Jeremy Smith’s 80-yard touchdown vs. Duke was the longest for Louisville since 2010.

Next game: Boston College at NC State (Oct. 29); Louisville at Virginia (Oct. 29)

Saturday, October 22
Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) at Boston College (3-3,0-3 ACC)
12:30 p.m. | ACC Network | Alumni Stadium (44,500)

The Series: Syracuse leads 30-19; Boston College leads 13-10 at home
The Coaches: Dino Babers: 3-4 (1st year) at Syracuse; 40-20 (5th year) overall; Steve Addazio: 20-23 (4th year) at BC; 33-35 (6th year) overall
Last week: Syracuse defeated Virginia Tech 31-17; Boston College had an open date

Of note: The teams have split the last 10 meetings in the series, which was first played  in 1920 ... The Orange owns a 2-1 edge since joining the conference prior to the 2013 season, including last November’s 20-17 win at the Carrier Dome in the final game of the season ... Cole Murphy’s 35-yard field goal as time expired lifted Syracuse to the win ...  The Eagles defeated Syracuse by a 28-7 score in the most recent game between the teams at Chestnut Hill in 2014. 

Ones to watch:  Syracuse S Daivon Ellison finished with 11 tackles in the Orange’s win over No. 17 Virginia Tech last Saturday ... Boston College junior LB Ty Schwab set  a career-high with 10 tackles vs. No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 7, leading the Eagles in total and solo stops (nine).

Next game: Syracuse at Clemson (Nov. 5); Boston College at NC State (Oct. 29)


Saturday, October 22
#22/21 North Carolina (5-2, 3-1 ACC) at Virginia (2-4, 1-1 ACC)
3 p.m. | RSN | Scott Stadium (61,500)


The Series: North Carolina leads 62-54-4; Virginia leads 25-23 at home
The Coaches: Larry Fedora: 37-22 (5th year) at UNC; 71-41 (9th year) overall; Bronco Mendenhall: 2-4 (1st year) at Virginia; 101-47 (12th year) overall
Last week: North Carolina def. Miami 20-13; Pitt def. Virginia 45-31

Of note: The Tar Heels seek their seventh consecutive win in the most played series between ACC teams which was first played in 1892 ... UNC leads 34-27-1 in ACC play ... Saturday’s game will mark the 121st all-time game between the schools and the 54th straight year the teams have met ... UNC claimed a 28-27 win in its last trip to Virginia in 2014 on then-backup QB Mitch Trubisky’s 16-yard TD pass on his only play of the game with 4:05 remaining ... UNC won 26-13 last year in Chapel Hill. 

Ones to watch: North Carolina senior WR Bug Howard had career highs in receptions (10) and receiving yards (156) in last Saturday’s win at No. 16 Miami ... Virginia WR Olamide Zaccheaus has at least one touchdown reception in each of the last three games.

Next game: Georgia Tech at North Carolina (Nov. 5); Louisville at Virginia (Oct. 29)