ACC Game Previews

The biggest game in the ACC this week will be the showdown in Tallahassee, Florida between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for their annual battle with the N.C. State Wolfpack. Clemson is currently a 3.5 point favorite.

#20 Maryland (5-0, 3-0) at #15 Georgia Tech (4-1, 1-1)
ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
Spread: Ga Tech by 10
Bobby Dodd Stadium (41,942)

THE GAME: The 14th renewal of a series between these two nationally-ranked teams will be televised nationally by ESPN ... this year's game marks the fourth time since 1995 that the two teams have met in a Thursday night ESPN game ... Tech has won four in a row and leads the series 10-3 ... the Jackets are 6-0 against the Terps in Bobby Dodd Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS: Thursday's game marks the first time that the Terps and Yellow Jackets have played each other as ranked teams.

THE COACHES: George O'Leary is 49-29 in his seventh year at Tech ... Ralph Friedgen is 5-0 in his first season with the Terps.

TERPITUDES: The Terps are 5-0 for the first time since 1978 and in sole possession of first place in the ACC ... with a 143-yard effort against Virginia Saturday, Perry has rushed for 100 yards or more five straight games ... Perry leads the nation in rushing (164.2) and is sixth in all-purpose yardage (198.8) ... WR Guilian Gary has caught a pass in 16 straight games and leads the team in receptions (24) and yards (359) ... after intercepting only one pass in his first three seasons, senior DB Tony Okanlawon leads the ACC and is second nationally with four interceptions in five games (.80) ... over his last three games QB Shaun Hill has thrown for 651 yards and three TDs.

BUZZ BITS: PK Luke Manget kicked four PATs in Tech's 37-10 win at Duke Saturday, extending his consecutive PAT streak to an ACC-record 113 straight ... Kelly Campbell is eighth on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,570), 10th in career TD receptions (23) and tied for 16th in career receptions (164); needs two more catches to pass Harvey Middleton as the school's all-time leader in receptions ... TB Joe Burns is seventh on the school's career rushing list with 1,927 yards and has scored at least one TD in 11 of his last 13 games ... QB George Godsey is second in the ACC and is eighth nationally in passing efficiency; has passed for 200 yards or more in 12 of his last 13 games and two or more TD passes in 11 of his last 16 starts ... Godsey is sixth on Tech's career passing yardage list with 4,167 yards .

Saturday, October 13

#1 Miami (4-0, 2-0 Big East) at #13 Florida State (3-1, 2-1)
ABC, Noon
Spread: Miami by 7
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)

THE GAME: The Hurricanes and Seminoles clash for 45th time in one of the nation's most colorful and competitive rivalries ... the two teams have played one another every year since 1969 ... the Seminoles have won four of the last five meetings but still trail in the series 24-20 ... FSU has won the last four meetings in Doak Campbell Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS: Nine of FSU's 24 defeats in the rivalry have been by four points or less, including six games by one point.

THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 4-0 in his first year as a head coach ... Bobby Bowden 318-88-4 in 36 years overall, including a 245-56-4 mark in 26 seasons at Florida State.

CANE COPY: The Hurricanes are the nation's No. 1 ranked team in this week's coaches' polls ... Miami is 23-5 in games played as the nation's top-ranked team, 26-21 against ranked opponents and 106-49 in games played on network television ... the Hurricanes have the nation's second-longest current win streak with 18 straight games ... have outscored their opponents 97-14 in the first half ... since 1983, Miami is 146-14 when scoring first ... QB Ken Dorsey has thrown a TD pass in 20 straight games.

NOLE NOTES: FSU has been ranked in every AP poll since the fifth week of the 1989 season spanning 203 consecutive weeks ... WR Atrews Bell had at least one catch in 17 straight games ... freshman QB Chris Rix is second in the ACC and sixth nationally in passing efficiency and second in the ACC in total offense (243.0); has thrown a TD pass in all four FSU games this year and is the top-rated freshman nationally in passing efficiency ... FSU's home winning streak of 36 games is the 12th longest in NCAA history ... FSU's defense has allowed 100 yards or more rushing only once in the last nine games ... Nick Maddox ran for a career-high 94 yards and two TDs against the Deacs and is the team's leading rusher with 259 yards ... senior Javon Walker is averaging a league-high 25.2 yards per catch and is second in the ACC and 30th nationally in receiving yards per game.

#16 Clemson (3-1, 1-1) at NC State (3-1, 1-1)
JP, Noon
Spread: Clemson by 3.5
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: If Saturday's 70th renewal of the Tiger-Wolfpack rivalry follows the pattern of the last three encounters, fans in Raleigh will be in for an afternoon of offensive fireworks ... the Tigers have won four of the last six and eight of the last 12 meetings and lead the series 43-25-1 ... State owns a 10-6 lead in games played in Carter-Finley Stadium ... the last four meetings have been decided by a total of 19 points.

BY THE NUMBERS: Over the last three series meetings, the two teams have combined to average 816.3 yards and 70.3 points per game. THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 18-10 in his third year at Clemson and 36-14 in five seasons overall ... Chuck Amato is 11-5 in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack.

TIGER TIDBITS: QB Woodrow Dantzler leads the ACC and is fourth nationally in total offense (299.5) ... Dantzler needs just 57 yards rushing to become the first player in ACC history to reach 2,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing in his career ... Dantzler has had 200 or more yards of total offense in five straight games and in 18 of his last 23 games ... Travis Zachery is fourth among school career rushing leaders with 2,749 yards and has scored 34 touchdowns over his last 22 games ... freshman WR Derek Hamilton is third in the ACC and 30th nationally in receptions per game (5.8); is second nationally among freshmen in receptions per game.

PACK POINTS: TB Ray Robinson ran for a season-high 90 yards in Saturday's 17-14 win at Wake Forest ... Robinson is seventh on the school's career rushing list with 2,320 yards and eighth in all-purpose yardage (3,179) ... sophomore QB Philip Rivers is sixth on the school' s passing list (3,988), seventh in total offense (3,890) and tied for fourth in career TD passes with 30 ... NC State has only three turnovers in its first four games this season and only 23 turnovers in 15 games the last two years ...... Bryan Peterson had a career-high nine catches for 86 yards against Wake Forest ... Corey Smith has tied a school record with six caused fumbles in a season ... the Wolfpack are the least penalized team in the ACC (56.8).

Wake Forest (2-3, 0-3) at Duke (0-5, 0-3)
1:00 p.m.
Spread: Wake by 8.5
Wallace Wade Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: The Blue Devils have held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry that was first contested in the sping of 1889 ... Duke has won five of the last eight meetings and leads the series 53-26-2 ... three of the last five meetings have been decided by three points or less ... the two teams have split the last 14 meetings in Wallace Wade Stadium.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 2-3 in his first season at Wake Forest and 35-36-1 in seven seasons overall ... Carl Franks is 3-24 in his third season at Duke.

DEACON DETAILS: TB Tarence Williams recorded his sixth career 100-yard game with 113 yards on 25 carries against NC State ... Williams is second in the ACC and is 22nd nationally in rushing yards per game (106.6) ... Wake Forest rushed for 221 yards against NCS and is second in the ACC and 13th nationally in rushing averaging 229.6 yards per game , the highest per game average since a 304.0 per game average in 1971 ... over the last two games, senior John Stone has rushed for 156 yards, including 86 yards on 10 carries against the Pack ... Stone is 11th on the ACC's all-time kickoff return yardage list with 1,258 yards ... junior DE Calvin Pace is tied for third on the school's all-time sacks list with 15.

DEVIL DATA: Chris Douglas is tied with Maryland's Bruce Perry, and is fifth nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (198.8) - the ACC single season record for all-purpose yardage is 186.9 yards per game by Virginia's Frank Quayle in 1968 ... Douglas is fifth in the ACC in rushing having run for a team-high 394 yards and three TDs ... Douglas is also third in the ACC in kickoff returns (22.1) and is already 24th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list with 1,231 yards ... Ronnie Hamilton leads the ACC and is fourth nationally in punt returns (24.9) ... QB D. Bryant threw for 201 yards against Georgia Tech and is sixth in the ACC in total offense (190.4) ... TE Mike Hart had two catches for 65 yards against Georgia Tech extending his consecutive game streak of catching at least one pass to 17 straight games.

Virginia (3-2, 2-1) at North Carolina (3-3, 2-1)
1:30 p.m.
Spread: UNC by 7.5
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: A full house is expected for this one as two long time rivals battle for the 106th time in the ACC's most-played rivalry ... the series is tied for the fifth-most played series in Division I-A history ... the two schools have played one another every season since 1919 ... the Cavaliers have won three in a row and since 1983 UVa leads the series 13-4-1, but still trails in the overall series ledger 54-47-4 ... UNC leads 27-9-3 in games played in Chapel Hill.

THE COACHES: Al Groh is 3-2 in his first year at Virginia and 29-42 in seven seasons overall ... John Bunting is 3-3 in his first season at UNC and 41-16 in five years overall ... Groh was the linebackers coach at UNC from 1973-77.

CAV COPY: Matt Schaub threw for a career-high 271 yards in Saturday's 41-21 loss at Maryland ... as a team, UVa has thrown 11 TD passes this season, already surpassing the total of eight all of last season ... WR Billy McMullen had 11 catches for 176 yards and one TD against the Terps and has at least one TD reception in four straight games ... McMullen leads the ACC in receptions (7.2), receiving yardage (93.2) and TD rerceptions (8); is ninth on Virginia's all-time receiving yardage list with 1,491 yards ... through their first five games, the Cavaliers have 12 QB sacks after totaling only 15 the entire season a year ago.

HEEL HYPE: Freshman QB Darian Durant has thrown two touchdown passes in each of his last three games and has set a UNC freshman record with eight TD passes ... Durant is fifth in the ACC and 36th nationally in passing efficiency ... DE Julius Peppers has 26 career QB sacks, which ranks second all-time at UNC and is tied for 10th in ACC annals ... senior QB Ronald Curry set the school's all-time total offense mark with 5,521 yards and is second in passing yardage (4,464) ... Curry is also eighth on the ACC quarterback career rushing chart with 1,057 yards ... . Kory Bailey had six catches for 95 yards against ECU and is sixth on the school's all-time reception list with 116 catches ... UNC leads the ACC and is 20th nationally in total defense (290.5). Top Stories