This Week in ACC Football: Week 6

Oct. 5, 2011

Four ACC teams are ranked among the nation's Top 23 this week with Atlantic Division co-leader Clemson leading the way with a No. 8 ranking, the highest for the Tigers since Oct. 22, 2000, when they were ranked fifth nationally...Clemson, coached by Dabo Swinney, will host Atlantic Division rival Boston College (3 p.m., RSN)...Clemson features a potent offense led by QB Tajh Boyd and a stingy defense led by DE Andre Branch...The Tigers became the first ACC team in history to defeat three consecutive ranked opponents when they downed then 11th-ranked Virginia Tech, 23-3, last Saturday in Blacksburg...The Eagles of coach Frank Spaziani are looking for their first ACC win of the year...The Eagles are led by LB Luke Kuechly, who leads the nation in tackles, and sophomore QB Chase Rettig...A second important Atlantic Division battle will take place in Winston-Salem, N.C. where Wake Forest, coached by Jim Grobe and tied for the lead in the Atlantic with a 2-0 ACC mark, hosts 23rd-ranked Florida State (12:30 p.m., ACC Network) this Saturday at BB&T Field...The Deacons are led by the potent passing combination of QB Tanner Price and WR Chris Givens...The Seminoles, coached by Jimbo Fisher, counter with a defense ranked sixth nationally in total defense, and an offense led by either junior QB EJ Manuel who missed a game with a shoulder injury suffered against Oklahoma, or his backup, freshman QB Clint Trickett, who ranks third nationally in pass efficiency...In Atlanta, 13th ranked and unbeaten Georgia Tech, the Coastal Division leader, returns home to host Maryland at Bobby Dodd Stadium (Noon,ESPNU)...Coach Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets have scored 258 points (51.6/gm) in posting a 5-0 record, the most of any ACC team in its first five games, save Florida State's 1995 team which scored 279... The Jackets are led by WR Stephen Hill, who leads the nation in yards per catch (33.47) and AB Orwin Smith, who leads in yards per carry (15.11) among the nation's top 100 runners...Maryland is coached by Randy Edsall, who served as the defensive coordinator on Tech's 1998 ACC co-championship team...Sophomore QB Danny O'Brien leads the Terrapins (1-0 in the ACC) who are a half-game behind Clemson and Wake Forest in the Atlantic Division... In Blacksburg, 21st-ranked Virginia Tech and its head coach, Frank Beamer, welcome back an old rival when the Hokies host Miami, coached by Al Golden, at Lane Stadium (3:30 p.m.) in a game with important Coastal Division implications... The game will be televised regionally by ABC and to other parts of the nation by ESPN... The game features the two leading rushers in the ACC in Tech's David Wilson (127.8), who ranks seventh nationally, and UM's Lamar Miller (127.75), who ranks second in the ACC and eighth in the nation ...Two ACC teams conclude the non-conference portions of their schedules this weekend... North Carolina, coached by Everett Withers, hosts Louisville of the Big East Conference at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Noon, ESPN2)...The Tar Heels are led by QB Bryn Renner, who ranks 5th nationally in pass efficiency...The Cardinals are coached by Charlie Strong and are ranked 13th nationally in rushing defense and lead the nation in tackles for loss...In Raleigh, NC State, coached by Tom O'Brien, hosts Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference at Carter-Finley Stadium (3:30 p.m., ESPN3)...The Wolfpack is led by QB Mike Glennon, who has completed 66 percent of his passes for 12 TDs, and WR T. J. Graham, who ranks second nationally in all-purpose yardage (214.8/gm)...The Chippewas are coached by Dan Enos.