North Carolina (4-3, 3-1) at #13 Clemson (4-1, 2-1)
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
Duke (0-6, 0-4) at #12 Maryland (6-0, 4-0)
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
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
#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
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.
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.
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