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Oct. 6, 2010
13th-Ranked Miami Hosts 23rd-Ranked Florida State in an ACC Sunshine State Showdown... North Carolina Hosts Clemson in an ACC Interdivisional Battle... Virginia-Georgia Tech and BC-NC State meet in Coastal, Atlantic Division Contests... Wake Forest, Virginia Tech Host Navy, Central Michigan in Nonconference Action
An ACC South Florida Showdown between 13th-ranked Miami and 23rd-ranked Florida State headlines the Atlantic Coast Conference football slate this Saturday...The Hurricanes of Randy Shannon are coming off road victories over Pittsburgh and Clemson and will feature QB Jacory Harris and a stout defense led by DE Allen Bailey and ranked 12th nationally in total defense and 2nd in pass efficiency defense...They face a Seminole team, coached by Jimbo Fisher, that is coming off three straight wins, and are 2-0 in the ACC...FSU is led by QB Christian Ponder and features its own salty defense led by LB Kendall Smith... FSU leads the nation in sacks and ranks 4th nationally against the run...The game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami will have an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be televised to a split national audience on ABC... Elsewhere in the ACC, North Carolina, which is coming off wins over Rutgers and East Carolina, will host Clemson in a 3:30 p.m. game at Kenan Memorial Stadium which will be televised regionally on ABC and to the rest of the country on ESPN...The Tar Heels are led by QB T.J. Yates and a defense that features LBs Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter...Clemson, which has dropped close games to nationally ranked Auburn and Miami, is led by QB Kyle Parker and TB Andre Ellington, who leads the ACC in rushing, and DE Da’Quan Bowers, who is 2nd nationally in tackles for loss...In Raleigh, Boston College, coached by Frank Spaziani and led by LBs Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich, will face the 4-1 Wolfpack of Tom O’Brien in an Atlantic Division battle at Carter-Finley Stadium (noon, ACC Network)...State suffered its first loss of the year last week to Virginia Tech but will be looking to bounce back behind QB Russell Wilson, who is 8th nationally in total offense, and an aggressive defense led by LBs Nate Irving and Audie Cole... In Atlanta, Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team, led by QB Joshua Nesbitt, will be hosting Coastal Division rival Virginia in a 3:30 p.m. game at Bobby Dodd Stadium (ESPNU)...Virginia, led by new head coach Mike London, features an offense with WR Kris Burd, who ranks 16th nationally in receiving yards per game and a defense led by DE Cam Johnson, who is tied for 9th nationally in sacks and 10th in tackles for loss...In Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest will host Navy in a 6:30 p.m. game at BB&T Field (ESPN3.com)...The Demon Deacons of coach Jim Grobe have, due to injury, played four quarterbacks this year and look to RB Josh Adams and to an improved defense led by DE Kyle Wilbur, who ranks 2nd nationally in tackles for loss, in their meeting with the Mids this week.... Navy will be playing the second of three ACC teams (Maryland, Duke) this fall...In Blacksburg, Va., coach Frank Beamer’s Hokies will be hosting Central Michigan in a Noon game at Lane Stadium (ESPNU)... Saturday’s contest will be the first gridiron meeting between the two schools...Tech is led by QB Tyrod Taylor (121) and TB Darren Evans (160), who combined for 281 yards rushing last week, and CB Jayron Hosley, who was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, after making 3 interceptions and defending 7 passes in Tech’s 41-30 win over then-23rd-ranked NC State.