ACC action this week
Saturday, November 10th
Wake Forest (4-4, 2-4) at North Carolina (5-4, 4-2)
Betting line: UNC by 14
Kenan Stadium (60,000)
THE GAME: The Demon Deacons and Tar Heels renew the ACC's second-longest running rivalry Saturday when they meet for the 98th time in a series that began in 1888 with a 6-4 Wake Forest victory; only North Carolina and Virginia (106 times) have met on more occasions in the ACC ,,, UNC has won 10 of the last 11 meetings and leads the rivalry 65-30-2 ... the Tar Heels own a 26-15-2 edge in games played in Kenan Stadium.
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 4-4 in his first season at Wake Forest and 37-37-1 in seven years overall ... John Bunting is 5-4 in his first year at UNC and 43-18-2 in six seasons overall.
DEACON DETAILS: TB Tarence Williams has five 100-yard games this season; third in the ACC and 41st nationally in rushing yards per game (86.4) ... Fred Staton ran for a career-high 151 yards on 28 carries against UVa and is eighth in the ACC in rushing (67.0) ... in his last three games, Staton has averaged 115.0 yards rushing per game and has scored a TD in five straight games ... Wake has rushed for 200 yards or more five times this season and leads the ACC in rushing (231.8) ... QB James MacPherson is 14th on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 2,380 yards ... John Stone moved into eighth on the ACC's all-time kickoff return yardage list with 1,730 yards ... the Deacs have allowed a league-low 10 QB sacks in its first eight games ... freshman Jason Anderson had 150 yards on five catches against the Cavaliers and has caught a pass in eight straight games.
HEEL HYPE: Julius Peppers leads UNC in interceptions (3) and has 29.5 career QB sacks, which ranks second all-time at UNC and is sixth in ACC annals ... in his first career start against Georgia Tech, freshman QB Darian Durant completed 22 of 37 passes for 286 yards and three TDs ... Durant is third in the ACC and 26th nationally in passing efficiency (141.2) ... senior QB Ronald Curry is UNC's all-time leader in total offense mark with 5,832 yards and is second in passing yardage (4,654) ... Curry is 22nd on the ACC's all-time total offense yardage list and needs only 30 yards to pass Jason Stanicek (1991-94) as the school's all-time passing leader... Kory Bailey is fifth on the school's all-time reception list (123).
#17 Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) at Virginia (3-6, 2-5)
Betting line: Tech by 13.5
Scott Stadium (61,500)
THE GAME: 17th-ranked Georgia Tech and Virginia renew acquaintances for the 24th time in one of the ACC's most competitive rivalries ... Tech leads the series 12-10-1 but the two teams have split the last six meetings ... the Cavaliers have won the last four games in Charlottesville with Tech's last victory in Scott Stadium a 41-38 decision in 1990 ... the home team has won the last six series' meetings ... Tech is 8-2 against the Cavaliers in games decided by six points or less.
THE COACHES: George O'Leary is 51-30 in his seventh season at Tech ... Al Groh is 3-6 in his first year at UVa and 29-46 in seven seasons overall.
BUZZ BITS: Junior PK Luke Manget leads the ACC in scoring (8.9) and field goals (1.75) and has made an ACC-record 120 straight PATs ... Kelly Campbell is eighth on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,798), tied for eighth in career receptions (184), 10th in TD receptions (23) and 21st in all-purpose yardage (4,138) ... Joe Burns ran for a career-high 198 yards against UNC and is second in the ACC in rushing (103.4); is fifth on the school's career rushing list with 2,296 yards; ... QB George Godsey has passed for 200 yards or more in 14 of his last 16 games and has two or more TD passes in 13 of his last 19 starts ... Godsey is fourth on Tech's career passing yardage list with 4,930 yards ... DE Greg Gathers has nine QB sacks in the first seven games of the season and is Tech's all-time sack leader with 29.
CAV COPY: As a team, Virginia has thrown 18 touchdown passes this season, more than doubling the total of eight all of last season ... Matt Schaub has passed for 1,206 yards while Bryson Spinner has 933 yards passing; each have nine touchdown passes ... junior WR Billy McMullen leads the ACC in both receptions (7.0) and receiving yardage (87.9); has scored at least one TD in seven of UVa's nine games ... McMullen is third on UVa's all-time reception list(121) and fifth in receiving yardage (1,815) ... true freshman Alvin Pearman posted his first career 100-yard game rushing for 108 yards on 19 carries against Wake Forest ... Pearman is seventh in the ACC in all-purpose yardage (104.1), seventh in punt returns (9.4) and eighth in kickoff returns (20.5).
NC State (5-3, 3-3) at #10 Florida State (6-2, 5-1)
ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Betting line: FSU by 18
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)
THE GAME: The 22nd meeting between these two teams will be televised regionally/nationally on ABC ... Florida State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings to take a 16-5 lead in the series, including a 9-2 mark in Doak Campbell Stadium ... the 10th-ranked Seminoles have outscored the Pack 96-to-18 in the last two games since NC State posted a 24-7 victory in 1998.
THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is 13-7 in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack ... Bobby Bowden is 321-89-4 in 36 years overall, including a 248-57-4 mark in 26 seasons at Florida State.
PACK POINTS: NC State has won two in a row with Saturday's 55-31 win at Duke ... QB Philip Rivers had four TD passes against the Blue Devils as the Pack scored 49 points in the game's first 23:29 ... only a sophomore, Rivers is already fourth on State's career passing yardage list (4,899), sixth in total offense (4,772) and second in career TD passes (39) ... Ray Robinson has back-to-back 100-yard games rushing and is sixth in the ACC in rushing (69.2) and fifth in all-purpose yardage (113.1) ... Robinson has led the Pack in rushing in nine straight games and moved from seventh to fourth on the school's career rushing list with 2,602 yards; is fifth in all-purpose yardage (3,598) ... NC State is 10th in the nation in turnover margin (+1.00).
NOLE NOTES: FSU has been ranked in every AP poll since the fifth week of the 1989 season spanning 207 consecutive weeks ... WR Atrews Bell has had at least one catch in 21 straight games ... sophomore RB Greg Jones rushed for a career-high 160 against Clemson and is seventh in the ACC in rushing (67.1); over his last four games has rushed for 397 yards ... over his last two games freshman QB Chris Rix has averaged 21.2 yards per pass completion while passing for 719 yards and nine TDs ... Rix has thrown at least one TD pass in each of his first eight games; leads all freshmen and ranks 6th nationally in passing efficiency (164.9) and is 13th in total offense (280.4) ... over their last four games FSU is averaging 209.8 yards per game rushing ... Javon Walker leads FSU in receiving (30-691) and is averaging a league-high 23.0 yards per catch.
Clemson (5-3, 3-3) at #11 Maryland (8-1, 5-1)
ESPN2, 7:00 p.m.
Betting line: Maryland by 7
Byrd Stadium (48,055)
THE GAME: Maryland's 11th-ranked Terrapins return to league play hosting Clemson in the 50th meeting between two long-time rivals ... Clemson has won the last eight meetings, and 13 of the last 14, to take a 27-20-2 lead in a series that started in 1952 ... the Tigers have outscored the Terps 214-to-56 during their current eight-game series win streak ... Maryland's last win in the series was a 52-23 win in 1992. THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 20-12 in his third year at Clemson and 38-16 in five seasons overall ... Ralph Friedgen is 8-1 in his first season with the Terps.
TIGER TIDBITS: Maryland is the second of three straight ranked opponents for the Tigers ... Woodrow Dantzler is 10th on the ACC's career total offense list with 7,382 yards and has had 200 yards or more of total offense in 22 of his last 27 games ... Dantzler leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in total offense (312.1) and in three road games this year has averaged 421.7 yards per game in total offense ... TB Travis Zachery is third among school career rushing leaders with 2,880 yards; is tied for fourth among ACC career touchdown leaders (46) ... Clemson is 3-0 on the road in the ACC play ... the Tigers are averaging 37.7 points and 485.7 yards per game in three road contests in 2001 ... freshman Derek Hamilton leads the team in receiving (44-518).
TERPITUDES: The Terps have eight wins for the first time since 1985 ... TB Bruce Perry leads the ACC and is 17th nationally in rushing (117.9) ... Perry is also second in the ACC and 10th nationally in all-purpose yardage (158.9) ... WR Guilian Gary has caught a pass in 20 straight games and leads the team in receptions (36) and yards (551) ... senior DB Tony Okanlawon leads the ACC with five interceptions in seven games (0.71) ... QB Shaun Hill is third in the ACC in total offense (237.8) and over his last five games has averaged 291.8 yards per game in total offense ... freshman PK Nick Novak has made eight of his last nine field goals attempts, including two of 50 yards or longer, and is third in the ACC and 21st nationally in field goals per game (1.33) ... LB E.J. Henderson has 21 TFLs, the second most in school history.