ACC Game Previews

Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Clemson and Middle Tennessee State as the Blue Raiders will be the 44th different team to play in Clemson's Memorial Stadium. The previous 43 teams have a combined record of 11-31-1 in thier first game at Death Valley.

#24 NC State (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at #3 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big 10)
ABC; 12:00 noon
Ohio Stadium (101,568)

THE GAME: In the first-ever meeting between the 24th-ranked Wolfpack and the 3rd-ranked Buckeyes, NC State will look to improve its 1-1 record ... the Buckeyes will be the 37th Big Ten opponent for the Pack who have a 12-23-1 series record against teams from the Big Ten ... NC State is 5-0 against teams from the state of Ohio (Bowling Green 1-0, Dayton 1-0, Ohio 3-0).

THE COACHES: NC State's Chuck Amato is 27-13 in his fourth season as a head coach ... Ohio State's Jim Tressell is 23-5 in his third season at the helm of the Buckeye program and 158-62-2 in his nine years overall.

Purdue (0-1, 0-0 Big 10) at #20 Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
ESPN; 12:00 noon
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: Fresh off its 38-24 win over NC State on Saturday, 20th-ranked Wake Forest looks to extend its win streak to four-in-a-row when the Deacs host Big Ten foe Purdue in a nationally televised affair on ESPN ... a year ago Wake Forest defeated the Boilermakers 24-21 in West Lafayette ... Saturday's game marks the fifth meeting between the two schools with Purdue holding a 3-1 series lead with each game being played in West Lafayette ... in its last five non-conference games, Wake is 5-0.

LAST YEAR: Chris Barclay ran for three touchdowns and the Deacs capitalized on five Purdue turnovers to beat the homestanding Boilermakers 24-21 ... Wake Forest scored 17 points off the five Purdue turnovers.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 15-11 in his third season at Wake Forest and 48-44-1 in his nine years overall ... Joe Tiller is in his 13th season with an overall record of 85-59-1 including a 46-29 record in his seventh year at Purdue.

Virginia (1-1, 1-0 ACC) at Western Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
2:00 PM
Waldo Stadium (30,200)

THE GAME: Coming off a 31-7 loss at South Carolina Saturday, Virginia's Cavaliers continue their travels when they head to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan ... Saturday's game marks the first meeting between the two schools ... the Broncos, who come in with the same record as the Cavaliers (1-1) took a 56-24 win over William & Mary last week after a 26-21 loss to Michigan State in their first week of action.

THE COACHES: Al Groh is 41-53 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a 15-13 mark in his third year at Virginia ... in his eighth season as a head coach, Gary Darnell has accumulated a 44-34 record, including a 41-30 mark in his seventh year at Western Michigan.

Middle Tennessee St. (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) at Clemson (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
5:00 PM
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Saturday's game marks the first-ever meeting between Clemson and Middle Tennessee State ... the Blue Raiders will be the 44th different team to play in Clemson's Memorial Stadium ... the previous 43 teams have a combined record of 11-31-1 in thier first game at Death Valley ... the Tigers are coming off a 28-17 win over Furman while MTSU lost to No. 8 Georgia 29-10.

THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 48-25 in seven years as a head coach, including a 30-21 mark in five seasons at Clemson ... Middle Tennessee State head coach Andy McCollum is in his fifth season with a 21-26 record.

Against Furman, Clemson threw for 310 yards - just the eighth 300-yard passing game in school history.

With 301 yards on 23-of-31 passing, Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst moved into 4th on the Tigers' career passing efficiency lost ... Whitehurst also reached the 2,000-yard passing plateau while starting only seven games in his career.

Clemson's Derrick Hamilton is 25th in the ACC career kickoff return yardage at 1,277 yards ... PK Aaron Hunt is 29th on the ACC's career scoring list with 226 points.

WR Kevin Youngblood tied a career-best with 10 catches for 100 yards against Furman.

Clemson junior LB LeRoy Hill leads the ACC in tackles with 29 total for a 14.5 per game average.

Rice (0-1, 0-0 WAC) at Duke (1-1, 0-1 ACC) 6:00 PM
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

THE GAME: Duke continues its four-game home stand this Saturday hosting WAC opponent Rice ... the Blue Devils enter this week coming off a 29-3 victoty over Western Carolina ... Saturday's game marks the fifth meeting between the two teams with the Blue Devils holding a 4-1 series lead, including a 2-0 mark in Wallace Wade Stadium ... the last trip Rice made to Durham was in 1992 when the Blue Devils downed the Owls 17-12.

LAST MEETING: An interception with 24 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter sealed Rice's 15-13 victory in 2001 ... Duke was led offensively by WR Reggie Love who recorded a career-best single-game total of six catches for 91 yards.

THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 6-41 in five seasons as Duke's head coach ... Ken Hatfield is 159-116-4 in his 25 seasons as a head coach including a 46-54-1 record in his 10th season at Rice.

The Citadel (1-1, 0-0 Southern) at Maryland (0-2, 0-1 ACC)
6:00 PM
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: Maryland returns home to the friendly confines of Byrd Stadium for the first of four home games in five weeks when the Terps host The Citadel ... this is the first-ever meeting between the two teams ... the Terps are coming off a 35-10 loss against the 11th-ranked Seminoles, while the Bulldogs suffered a 14-7 loss at Delware last week.

THE COACHES: Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is 21-7 in his third year as a head coach ... Ellis Johnson has recorded a 7-17 record in three seasons at The Citadel.

Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at #10 Florida State (2-0, 2-0 ACC)
ABC; 8:00 PM
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,000)

THE GAME: A full house and a national television audience will be on hand as the 10th-ranked Seminoles host Georgia Tech under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium ... the Noles' hold a 11-7-1 series record against the Jackets including a 21-13 win a year ago and have not lost a contest to Georgia Tech since joining the ACC in 1992 ... when playing in Tallahassee, Florida State holds a 5-0 record over Tech.

LAST YEAR: Stanford Samuels had two interceptions for the Seminoles including a game-saving pick in the Georgia Tech end zone with 20-seconds left as No. 17 Florida State posted a 21-13 win in Atlanta.

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 261-65-4 in 28 years at FSU and 334-96-4 in 38 seasons overall ... Chan Gailey is 8-7 in his second season at Georgia Tech and 31-18 in five seasons overall. Top Stories