Previewing Week 9 In ACC Football

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Thursday, October 29

North Carolina (6-1, 3-0 ACC) at Pitt (6-1, 4-0 ACC)
7 p.m. on ESPN at Heinz Field (68,400)

The Series: North Carolina leads 6-3; Tied 2-2 at Pittsburgh

The Coaches: Pat Naduzzi: 6-1 (1st year) at Pitt and overall; 38-19 (5th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 27-18 (4th year) at UNC; 61-37 (8th year) overall

Last week: Pitt def. Syracuse 23-20; North Carolina def. Virginia 26-13

Of note: Key ACC Coastal Division game marks the second time the teams have met on a Thursday night ... No. 1 Pitt edged No. 5 UNC, 7-6, in a much-hyped Thursday night season opener in 1982 ... UNC has won four of the last five in the series, including the first two ACC meetings in 2013 and 2014 ... UNC claimed a 40-35 win last year on RB T.J. Logan’s winning 1-yard TD run with 50 seconds left ... RB James Conner ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers.

Ones to watch: DE Mikey Bart had two QB sacks for 14 yards, forced a fourth-quarter fumble that UNC recovered and added two QB pressures in last Saturday’s win over Virginia... Pitt junior WR Dontez Ford had career-bests in receptions (4) and yards (78) in the win over Syracuse.

Next week: Duke at North Carolina (Nov. 7); Notre Dame at Pitt (Nov. 7)

Friday, October 30

Louisville (3-4, 2-2 ACC)  at Wake Forest (3-5, 1-4 ACC)
7 p.m. on ESPN at BB&T Field (31,500)

The Series:  Louisville leads 2-0; First meeting at Wake Forest

The Coaches:  Bobby Petrino: 53-17 (6th year) at Louisville, 95-38 (11th year) overall; Dave Clawson: 6-14 (2nd year) at Wake Forest; 96-94 (16th year) overall

Last week: Louisville def. Boston College 17-14; NC State def. Wake Forest 35-17

Of note: Louisville makes its first ever trip to Winston-Salem for only the third meeting between the programs ... The teams first met in the 2006 Orange Bowl, where the Cardinals claimed a 24-13 win in a matchup of top-15 teams ...The Cardinals posted a 20-10 victory in the first ACC meeting of the teams last year in Louisville as RB Brandon Radcliff ran for two touchdowns and 129 yards ... NT Tylor Harris’ fumble recovery in the Louisville end zone accounted for Wake’s lone touchdown.

Ones to watch: Louisville junior LB Keith Kelsey finished the Boston College game with 10 tackles, including a career-best 4.5 for loss ... CB Brad Watson led the Deacons with seven total tackles, including four solo stops, against NC State.

Next week: Syracuse at Louisville (Nov. 7); Wake Forest has an open date

Saturday, October 31

Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC)   at #17/15 Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC)
Noon on ABC at at Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)       

The Series:   Florida State leads 7-1; Florida State leads 3-0 at home

The Coaches:   Scott Shafer: 14-18 (3rd year) at Syracuse and overall; Jimbo Fisher: 64-12 (6th year) at Florida State and overall

Last week:  Pitt def. Syracuse 23-20; Georgia Tech def. Florida State 22-16

Of note: : Florida State has won seven straight against the Orange since dropping the series opener by a 37-21 score in Syracuse’s old Archbold Stadium in 1966 ... The Seminoles’ wins the last two seasons in ACC play came by a 59-3 score two years in Tallahassee and a 38-20 margin in the Carrier Dome last season ... QB Jameis Winston finished 19-of-21 passing for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Seminoles in last year’s game.

Ones to watch:Syracuse sophomore WR Steve Ishmael recorded career highs of seven receptions and 114 yards with one touchdown against Pitt ... Freshman CB Josh Sweat set up Florida State’s first points with an interception and ranked second on the team with six tackles vs. Georgia Tech.

Next week: Syracuse at Louisville (Nov. 7); Florida State at Clemson (Nov. 7)

Virginia Tech (3-5, 1-3 ACC) 
 at Boston College (3-5, 0-5 ACC)
12:30 p.m. on ACC Network at at Alumni Stadium (44,500)

The Series:  Virginia Tech leads 15-8; Virginia Tech leads 7-4 at BC

The Coaches:  Frank Beamer: 234-120-2 (29th year) at Virginia Tech; 276-143-4 (35th year) overall; Steve Addazio: 17-17 (3rd year) at Boston College; 30-29 (5th year) overall

Last week:  Duke def. Virginia Tech 45-43 (4 OT); Louisville def. BC 17-14

Of note: Boston College seeks its third consecutive win in the series, which has seen each of the games the past three years decided by a touchdown or less ... The Hokies lead 7-5 in ACC play, including back-to-back wins in the 2007 and 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Games ... Boston College escaped Blacksburg with a 33-31 win last season as QB Tyler Murphy threw for two touchdowns and added a 57-yard touchdown dash late in the game.

Ones to watch:Virginia Tech QB Michael Brewer threw for 270 yards and matched his career high with three touchdown passes last Saturday vs. Duke ... BC senior LB Steven Daniels recorded a career-high four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and tied a career-high with two sacks vs. Louisville.

Next week:Virginia Tech has an open date; NC State at Boston College (Nov. 7)

Georgia Tech (3-5, 1-4 ACC)   at Virginia (2-5, 1-2 ACC)
3 p.m. on RSN at Scott Stadium (61,500)


The Series:  Georgia Tech leads 19-17-1; Virginia leads 10-4-1 at home

The Coaches:  Paul Johnson: 61-40 (8th year) at Georgia Tech; 168-79 (19th year) overallMike London: 25-43 (6th year) at Virginia; 49-48 (8th year) overall

Last week:  Georgia Tech def. Florida State 22-16; North Carolina def. Virginia 26-13

Of note: Georgia Tech has won the last four meetings between the teams and five of the last six to take over the series lead ... Virginia still holds a 17-14-1 edge in ACC meetings ... The Yellow Jackets were 35-10 winners in last year’s meeting in Atlanta as QB Justin Thomas threw three touchdown passes and RB Synjyn Days ran for a career-high 147 yards ... Virginia QB Greyson Lambert completed 19 of 32 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Ones to watch: Georgia Tech sophomore CB Lance Austin’s 78-yard return for the winning score against No. 9 Florida State was his first career touchdown ... With 12 tackles vs. UNC, Virginia S Quin Blanding reached double figures in stops for the third time this season and for the eighth time in 19 career games.

Next week: Georgia Tech has an open date; Virginia at Miami (Nov. 7)

#3/6 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC) at NC State (5-2, 1-2 ACC)
3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2 at Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)

The Series:  Clemson leads 54-28-1; Clemson leads 19-16 at NC State

The Coaches:  Dabo Swinney: 68-26 (8th year) at Clemson and overall; Dave Doeren: 16-16 (3rd year) at NC State; 39-20 (5th year) overall

Last week:  Clemson def. Miami 58-0; NC State def. Wake Forest 35-17

Of note: “Textile Bowl” series has seen the Tigers win the last three meetings and 10 of the last 11 ... Clemson leads 34-22 in ACC games ... Clemson won 41-0 last season in Death Valley as QB Deshaun Watson ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for two more ... Each of NC State’s two most recent wins in the series have come at home -- a 17-15 decision in 2003 and a 37-13 win at Carter-Finely Stadium in 2011 ... The teams first met in 1899 and will meet for the 45th consecutive year on Saturday.

Ones to watch:  CB Cordrea Tankersley’s interception return for a TD score vs. Miami was his first collegiate career score and Clemson’s second defensive touchdown in 2015 ... NC State RB Matthew Dayes’ 205 yards on 16 carries vs Wake Forest marked the fifth-highest single-game total in school history.

Next week:  Florida State at Clemson (Nov. 7); NC State at Boston College (Nov. 7)

Miami (4-3, 1-2 ACC) at #22/18 Duke (6-1, 3-0 ACC)
7 p.m. on ESPNU at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

The Series:   Miami leads 10-2; Miami leads 5-1 at Duke

The Coaches: Larry Scott: 0-0 (1st year) at Miami and overall; David Cutcliffe: 46-49 (8th year) at Duke; 90-78 (15th year) overall

Last week: Clemson def. Miami 58-0; Duke def. Virginia Tech 45-43 (4 OT)

Of note: The Blue Devils welcome the Hurricanes for a Halloween night contest that carries big Coastal Division implications ... Miami seeks its second straight win in the series, but Duke prevailed by a 48-30 score in the most recent Wallace Wade meeting two years ago, snapping a nine-game Miami series winning streak ... Last year’s game at Miami Gardens saw RB Duke Johnson rush for 155 yards and a touchdown, and QB Brad Kaaya throw for two more scores to lead the Hurricanes to a 22-10 win.

Ones to watch: Miami sophomore LB Juwon Young finished the Clemson game with a career-best 10 tackles (seven solo) ... Duke WR Max McCaffrey caught six passes for a career-best 94 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s marathon win at Virginia Tech.

Next week: Virginia at Miami (Nov. 7); Duke at North Carolina (Nov. 7)