ACC Game Previews

There are five games involving ACC teams this Saturday. Here is a look at each matchup with, kickoff times, notes, TV information and betting lines. Clemson's game against Virginia is scheduled for a 5:45 kickoff on ESPN2. The Tigers are favored to win by 12 points.

#5 Florida State (2-0, 1-0) vs. at North Carolina (0-3, 0-1)
ABC, Noon
Spread: FSU by 17
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: For the third time in four games, North Carolina will take on a Top 5 team when the Tar Heels host the fifth-ranked Seminoles in a regionally-televised affair on ABC ... FSU leads the series 11-0-1 ... the tie was a 10-10 draw in 1986 in Tallahassee ... the Seminoles have won all five of the previous meetings in Chapel Hill by an average win margin of 20.2 points per game.

LAST YEAR: Chris Weinke threw for 262 yards and four TDs and Travis Minor ran for 112 yards on 16 carries as the second-ranked Seminoles took advantage of four Tar Heel turnovers en route to a 63-14 win in Tallahassee ... FSU's 63 points were the most allowed by UNC since 1912 and the second-most overall.

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 244-55-4 in his 26th season at Florida State and 317-87-4 in 36 years overall ... John Bunting is 0-3 in his first season at UNC and 38-16 in five years overall.

GAME NOTES: North Carolina's schedule is ranked as the nation's fourth-toughest in the latest Sagarin rankings; UNC's first four opponents are a combined 9-0 ... the Tar Heels will be playing their third AP Top 10 team of the season, marking the first time since 1955 that UNC has played three Top 10 teams in a single season ... with 52 yards on 11 carries against UAB (S8) Chris Rix became the first quarterback to lead the Seminoles in rushing since Charlie Ward in 1993 ... Saturday's game marks the 10th straight year that the Seminoles have played UNC as a Top 10 ranked team ... in three career starts against FSU, UNC QB Ronald Curry has completed 31 of 70 passes for 403 yards and two TDs.

Maryland (2-0, 1-0) at Wake Forest (2-0, 0-0)
3:30 p.m.
Spread: Maryland by 7
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: The Terrapins take to the road for the first time this season against a Demon Deacon club off to its best start since 1996 ... this is the 50th meeting between the two teams in a series that was first contested in 1917 ... Maryland has won two in a row and six of the last eight meetings and leads the series 35-13-1 ... the Terps have won nine of the last 10 meetings in Groves Stadium and are 13-3 overall on the Deacons' home field.

LAST YEAR: Mukala Sikyala ran for a career-high 112 yards and a TD as Maryland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 37-7 win over the visiting Demon Deacons ... Wake Forest quarterback James McPherson was 28-for-49 for 343 yards and one TD in a losing effort.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen, a 1969 Maryland graduate, is 2-0 in his first season with the Terps ... Jim Grobe is 2-0 in his first season at Wake Forest and 35-33-1 in seven seasons overall.

GAME NOTES: Wake Forest (249.5) and Maryland (220.5) rank 1-2 in the ACC in rushing offense; they are the only two ACC teams averaging over 175.0 yards per game on the ground ... in the last seven meetings between the two teams, Maryland has turned the ball over only seven times as compared to 21 turnovers by the Deacons ... four of the last 10 meetings have been determined by three points or less ... Maryland leads the ACC with five interceptions while Wake Forest is second with four.

Virginia (1-1, 0-0) at #19 Clemson (2-0, 0-0)
ESPN2 , 5:45 p.m.
Spread: Clemson by 12
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: 19th-ranked Clemson has held the upper hand in this long-time series since the two teams first met on the gridion in 1955 ... the Tigers won the first 29 games of the series and lead the rivalry 34-5-1 ... Virginia's first win the series was in 1990 ... since the 29-game streak, the two teams are 5-5-1 against each other ... the Cavaliers are 1-10-1 against ranked Clemson teams ... Clemson is 18-2-1 all-time against Virginia in "Death Valley".

LAST YEAR: Woodrow Dantzler had 374 yards of total offense, including 220 yards rushing and two TDs in a 31-10 Tiger win before 60,696 in Charlottesville.

THE COACHES:Al Groh is 1-1 in his first year at Virginia and 27-41 in seven seasons overall ... Tommy Bowden is 17-9 in his first two years at Clemson and 35-13 in four seasons overall.

GAME NOTES: The Cavaliers are opening their ACC schedule on the road for the third straight year ... Virginia is 16-31 in ACC openers and 18-29 in its first ACC road game ... the Cavaliers are fifth nationally in net punting (39.6) while Clemson is 11th in the nation in punt returns ... Virginia's Mike Abrams is averaging 41.8 yards per punt ... Clemson's Wynn Kopp is averaging 43.7 yards per punt but does not have enough punts attempt to qualify for league statistics ... the Tigers' Brian Mance is fourth nationally in kickoff returns (35.2) and ninth in punt returns (16.7) ... the Tigers have been 2-0 only nine times in the last 31 years.

#16 Northwestern (1-0) at Duke (0-2, 0-1)
6:00 p.m.
Spread: Northwestern by 16.5
Wallace Wade Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Duke returns home to the friendly confines of Wallace Wade Stadium to take on the 16th-ranked Wildcats ... the Blue Devils have a 7-4 lead in a series that was first played in 1985, but the Wildcats have won each of the last two meetings ... Duke has won three of the five previous meetings in Durham ... Saturday's meeting is the sixth game of an eight-year series between the two teams.

LAST YEAR: Northwestern tailback Damien Anderson rushed for 187 yards and had touchdown runs of 56 and 66 yards as the Wildcats posted a 38-5 win in Evanston ... the Wildcats had six scoring drives of over 75 yards and finished the game with 472 total yards.

THE COACHES: Randy Walker is 12-12 in his third season at Northwestern and 71-47-5 in 12 years overall ... Carl Franks is 3-21 in his third season at Duke.

GAME NOTES: Northwestern head coach Randy Walker served on the football staff at North Carolina from 1978-87 ... Duke TB Chris Douglas has scored at least one TD in five straight games ... Damien Anderson is Northwestern's all-time leading rusher with 3,841 yards ... Wildcat senior QB Zak Kustok is ninth on the school's career passing yardage list with 3,354 yards ... Kustok has attempted 237 straight passes without being intercepted ... Duke senior Ronnie Hamilton leads the ACC and is second nationally in punt returns (24.9) and is fifth on the school's PBU list (23).

NC State (1-0, 0-0) at SMU (0-2) 7:00 p.m.
Spread: NC State by 15.5
Gerald Ford Stadium (32,000)

THE GAME: NC State's Wolfpack looks to maintain its early season momentum when they square off with WAC foe SMU in the third meeting between the two teams ... the Mustangs won the series' first meeting 43-6 in 1984 while the Pack posted a 34-31 victory in 1998 ... both of the games were played in Raleigh.

THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is 9-4 in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack ... Mike Craven is 14-23 in five years at SMU and 81-72-2 in 16 seasons overall.

GAME NOTES: NC State has blocked 16 punts over the last 36 games ... senior DB Terrence Holt has blocked three field goals and two punts in his career ... LB Levar Fisher is fourth on NC State's career tackle for loss list (30) ... in five career starts against non-ACC foes, NC State quarterback Philip Rivers has completed 122 of 205 passes (.595) for 1,622 yards (324.4 yards per game) with 15 touchdown passes ... after only 12 career regular season games, Rivers is already ninth among Pack career passing yardage leaders (3,297) and fifth in career TD passes (28) ... SMU is 0-2 having lost to Lousiana Tech (36-6) and TCU (38-10) ... despite the two losses, the Mustangs have been solid defensively, allowing only 267.5 yards per game ... SMU is 109th in the nation in total offense (217.0) while the Wolfpack is 55th averaging 361.0 yards per game.


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