ACC Game Previews

There are four games involving ACC teams this week, including one the hottest teams in the league, North Carolina, at No. 13 Clemson. Here is a look at each matchup with kickoff times, notes, TV information and betting lines.

North Carolina (4-3, 3-1) at #13 Clemson (4-1, 2-1)
ESPN2, Noon
Spread: Clemson by 7
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: The 13th-ranked Tigers have held the upper hand in this series between these two long-time rivals ... Clemson has won two in a row and 11 of the last 15 meetings against North Carolina and owns a 31-17-1 edge in a series that started in 1897 ... the Tigers are 13-6 against UNC in Memorial Stadium ... UNC has defeated Clemson in "Death Valley" just once since 1980.

BY THE NUMBERS: Clemson is 12-0-1 against UNC when the Tigers are ranked in the AP Top 25.

THE COACHES: John Bunting is 4-3 in his first season at UNC and 42-16 in five years overall ... Tommy Bowden is 19-10 in his third year at Clemson and 37-14 in five seasons overall.

HEEL HYPE: With Saturday's win over Virginia, the Tar Heels became only the second team in ACC history to start a season 0-3 and win its next four games, matching the achievement of ACC champion Wake Forest in 1970 ... Julius Peppers has 29.5 career QB sacks, which ranks the junior DE second all-time at UNC and is sixth in ACC annals ... freshman QB Darian Durant is fifth in the ACC and 33rd nationally in passing efficiency ... senior QB Ronald Curry is UNC's all-time leader in total offense mark with 5,641 yards and is second in passing yardage (4,545) ... Kory Bailey is sixth on the school's all-time reception list (118) and sixth in receiving yardage (1,675) ... UNC is second in the ACC and is 22nd nationally in total defense (306.9).

TIGER TIDBITS: QB Woodrow Dantzler passed for four TDs and ran for two scores and had 517 total yards against NC State - the fourth-highest total in league history ... Dantzler is second nationally in total offense (342.4), 12th in passing efficiency (152.8) and 25th in rushing (103.2) ... Dantzler has had 200 or more yards of total offense in six straight games and in 19 of his last 24 games ... Travis Zachery is fourth among school career rushing leaders with 2,792 yards ... Zachery has scored a TD in 13 straight games (including bowl games) and is tied for fourth among ACC career touchdown leaders (46) ... freshman WR Derek Hamilton is third in the ACC and 21st nationally in receptions per game (6.2).

Duke (0-6, 0-4) at #12 Maryland (6-0, 4-0)
1:00 p.m.
Spread: Maryland by 25
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: No. 12 Maryland looks to keep its undefeated season intact when the Terps and the Blue Devils tangle for the 45th time in a rivalry that was first contested in 1932 ... the Terps have won five of the last six meetings and lead the series 26-18 ... prior to 1973, Duke held a 14-3 advantage in the series; from 1973 on Maryland has won 23 of 27.

THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 3-25 in his third season at Duke ... Ralph Friedgen is 6-0 in his first season with the Terps.

DEVIL DATA: Chris Douglas has had 100-or-more all-purpose yards in nine straight games and is fifth nationally in all-purpose yardage per game (185.5) and is fifth in the ACC in rushing having run for a team-high 468 yards and four TDs ... Douglas is also fifth in the ACC in kickoff returns (22.7) and is already 24th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list with 1,256 yards ... Douglas has at least one TD in eight of his last nine games ... junior QB D. Bryant threw for a season-high 251 yards against Wake Forest and is sixth in the ACC in total offense (196.8) ... TE Mike Hart had two catches for 17 yards against the Deacons and extended his consecutive game streak of catching at least one pass to 18 straight games.

TERPITUDES: Winners of their first six games, the Terps became the first team in Division I-A to become bowl eligible ... Maryland's No. 12 ranking is the highest by the Terps since being ranked seventh for two consecutive weeks in September of 1985 ... Thursday's overtime win over 15th-ranked Georgia Tech snapped a 33-game losing streak to AP-ranked teams ... the Terps are 6-0 for the first time since 1978 and in sole possession of first place in the ACC ... TB Bruce Perry leads the ACC and is fifth nationally in rushing (145.0); ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yardage (178.7) ... WR Guilian Gary has caught a pass in 17 straight games and leads the team in receptions (28) and yards (419) ... after intercepting only one pass in his first three seasons, senior DB Tony Okanlawon leads the ACC and is second nationally with five interceptions in six games (0.83) ... over his last two games QB Shaun Hill has averaged 259.5 yards per game in total offense.

NC State (3-2, 1-2) at #23 Georgia Tech (4-2, 1-2)
ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Spread: Ga Tech by 12.5
Bobby Dodd Stadium (41,942)

THE GAME: NC State takes to the road for the first time in four weeks when the Wolfpack visit Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on a Georgia Tech club looking to bounce back from its overtime loss to Maryland ... Tech has won five of the last six meetings and holds a 12-8 lead in the series, which began in 1918 with a 128-0 victory by the Yellow Jackets ... Tech has won eight of the 10 previous meetings in Atlanta, including a 48-21 decision in 1999 in the last meeting.

THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is 11-6 in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack ... George O'Leary is 49-30 in his seventh year at Tech.

PACK POINTS: Ray Robinson has led State in rushing in six straight and 10 of the last 11 games ... Robinson is seventh on the school's career rushing list (2,348) and eighth in all-purpose yardage (3,216) ... in only 16 career starts, sophomore QB Philip Rivers is already fifth on State's career passing yardage list (4,308), seventh in total offense (3,890) and third in career TD passes with 34 ... NC State has only four turnovers in its first five games and is fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+1.80) ... under Amato, the Pack has turned the ball over 24 times in 16 games ... WR Bryan Peterson is third in the ACC and 26th nationally in receiving yards per game (84.8) ... LB Levar Fisher leads the ACC in tackles per game (15.4).

BUZZ BITS: Junior PK Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 115 straight PATs ... Kelly Campbell is eighth on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,678), 9th in career receptions (173) and 10th in career TD receptions (23) ... Joe Burns leads the team and is fourth in the ACC in rushing with 515 yards and is seventh on the school's career rushing list with 1,984 yards ... George Godsey ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency and directs an offense that ranks ninth in the nation in scoring (39.8) and yardage (460.0); has passed for 200 yards or more in 13 of his last 14 games ... Godsey is fourth on Tech's career passing yardage list with 4,487 yards ... DE Greg Gathers has eight QB sacks in the first six games of the season and is second in Tech history with 28 career sacks.

#21 Florida State (3-2, 2-1) at Virginia (3-3, 2-2)
ESPN, 7:45 p.m.
Spread: FSU by 12.0
Scott Stadium (61,500)

THE GAME: Virginia returns home to the friendly confines of Scott Stadium to take on No. 21 Florida State in the 10th renewal of a series that started in 1992 ... FSU leads the series 8-1 with the lone Virginia win, a 33-28 decision in 1995 snapping the Seminoles' 29-game ACC winning streak.

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden 318-89-4 in 36 years overall, including a 245-57-4 mark in 26 seasons at Florida State ... Al Groh is 3-3 in his first year at UVa and 29-43 in seven seasons overall.

NOLE NOTES: FSU has been ranked in every AP poll since the fifth week of the 1989 season spanning 204 consecutive weeks ... WR Atrews Bell had at least one catch in 18 straight games ... freshman QB Chris Rix is 19th nationally in passing efficiency (145.2), 29th in total offense (247.2) and has thrown a TD pass in his first five career games ... head coach Bobby Bowden is one win shy of tying Glenn "Pop" Warner for third on the NCAA Division I-A all-time victory list; Bowden's 318 career wins trail only Warner (319), Joe Paterno (322) and Paul "Bear" Bryant (323) ... DB Chris Hope has at least one tackle in 42 straight games.

CAV COPY: In only his second career start, sophomore QB Matt Schaub completed 33 of 54 passes - both school records - against UNC for a career-high 334 yards and three TDs ... the Cavaliers have played three ranked opponents on the road this season - Wisconsin, Clemson and Maryland ... as a team, UVa has thrown 14 TD passes this season, already surpassing the total of eight all of last season ... the Cavaliers are averaging 257.7 yards passing per game this season which is 13.6 yards per game ahead of the school's single season record of 244.1 yards per game set in 1990 ... WR Billy McMullen has at least one TD reception in six straight games; leads the ACC in receptions (7.8) and receiving yardage (98.0) ... McMullen has 11 catches in each of his last two games and over his last five games is averaging 8.8 receptions and 105.2 yards per game ... McMullen is sixth on UVa's all-time receiving yardage list with 1,613 yards ... through their first six games, the Cavaliers have 15 QB sacks, tying the team's total for the entire 2000 season.

Terp Comparison
Following its 20-17 overtime win at Georgia Tech last Thursday night, Maryland is 6-0 for the first time since 1978 ... the Terps are ranked 12th in this week's AP poll and 14th in the USA Today/Coaches' Poll ... a statistical comparison of Maryland from a year ago to the 2001 season is listed below:

Maryland, 2000 vs. 2001

Categories` 2000 2001 Difference
Scoring Offense 22.5 32.2 +9.7 pts pg
Total Offense 335.2 399.5 +64.3 yds pg
Rushing Offense 124.1 209.0 +84.9 yds pg
Passing Offense 211.1 190.5 -20.6 yds pg
Scoring Defense 25.8 14.7 -11.1 pts pg
Total Defense 440.0 320.7 -119.3 yds pg
Rushing Defense 186.1 95.0 -91.1 ydspg
Passing Defense 253.9 225.7 -28.2 yds pg
Turnover Margin +0.27 +2.33 +2.06 mar pg

Maryland's 32.2 point per game scoring average is the highest since the Terps joined the ACC in 1953 ... the 399.5 per game average in total offense is the highest since a 439.6 mark in 1993 ... the 209 yards rushing per game is the second-highest per game mark since 1985 ... the 14.7 points allowed is Maryland's lowest per game average since 1980 ... the 320.7 yards allowed is the lowest since 1996 while the 95.0 yards allowed rushing is the Terps' best mark since 1979. Top Stories