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Nov. 24, 2010
Virginia Tech Clinches Coastal Division... NC State Travels To Maryland Needing Win to Tie FSU for Atlantic Title... Nine ACC Teams Are Bowl Eligible... Rivalry Games Highlight Weekend Including 6 Non-Conference Contests
Virginia Tech, ranked 16th in this week's BCS Standings, claimed its fourth ACC Coastal Division title in six years with a 31-17 win over Miami Saturday, and has earned a berth in the Sixth Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Dec. 4...Coach Frank Beamer's Hokies now await their Atlantic Division counterparts which will be either NC State, if coach Tom O'Brien's 23rd-ranked Wolfpack can defeat Maryland, this Saturday in College Park (3:30 pm, ESPN2), or 22nd-ranked Florida State, which advances with a Terrapin victory... An NC State win makes them co-champions of the Atlantic Division and the Wolfpack would then gain the ACC title game berth by virtue of their Oct. 28 win over the Seminoles...The ACC enters the week with three teams ranked in the BCS Standings and nine teams bowl-eligible, including five from the Atlantic Division in Florida State, NC State, Maryland, Clemson and Boston College as well as Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech and North Carolina from the Coastal Division... That's the second-most in league history as the ACC sent an NCAA-record 10 teams to bowls in 2008... The Conference has shattered a record for most scoring plays of 80 or more yards, having recorded 21 this year, including four last week (old record-15)... This weekend the ACC may set another record as it will have no fewer than nine of its games televised on a single day... Rivalry games abound this Saturday with three conference and six non-conference contests on tap...Besides the clash between the Wolfpack and coach Ralph Friedgen's Terrapins, which will decide the Atlantic Division, two other ACC games are scheduled... Virginia Tech, seeking to become the first team since 2000 to go unbeaten in ACC play, hosts arch-rival Virginia, coached by Mike London, at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg (12 pm, ACC Network)...The Hokies have a nine-game winning streak, currently the nation's 5th-longest among NCAA FBS teams... In Durham, N.C., David Cutcliffe's Duke Blue Devils host arch-rival North Carolina, coached by Butch Davis, in the 96th gridiron meeting between the two schools (3:30, ESPNU)... Sunshine state rivals Florida State and Florida lead off the non-conference slate at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee (3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN)... Coach Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles, who clinched no worse than a tie for the Atlantic Division title with their win over Maryland last Saturday, are facing the Gators for the 55th time...The FSUUF matchup is one of four ACC-SEC confrontations this weekend, including Clemson, coached by Dabo Swinney, hosting 18th-ranked South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 pm) at Clemson's Memorial Stadium...Coach Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel to Athens to face Georgia (ESPN, 7:45 pm) at Sanford Stadium in the 105th renewal of the Peach State rivalry... Finally, Wake Forest, coached by Jim Grobe, ventures to Nashville, Tenn., for a contest with Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium (7:30 pm, CSS)... The ACC also has two non-conference clashes with Big East Conference schools... Coach Frank Spaziani's Boston College Eagles travel to Syracuse (12 pm, ESPN or ESPN2) for the first game between the two schools since 2004 ...Miami, coached by Randy Shannon, hosts South Florida (Noon, ESPNU) at Sun Life Stadium.