This Week in the ACC

Billy McMullen's one-yard touchdown catch with one second left to play gave the Cavaliers a 26-24 win over the 19th-ranked Tigers in Death Valley last year. This season, the two teams square off in Charlottesville. Previews of all the games in the ACC are contained in this report.

#9 Florida State (5-1, 4-0 ACC) at #1 Miami (5-0, 2-0 Big East)
ABC; Noon
Orange Bowl (72,319)

THE GAME: A full house is expected for this one as the two long-time rivals clash for the 46th time ... Miami has won the last two meetings and leads the series 25-20 ... prior to the the Hurricanes' current two-game win streak, FSU had won five in a row ... last year's Miami win snapped Florida State's 54-game home unbeaten streak.

LAST YEAR: Ken Dorsey threw three touch-down passes and #2 Miami pulled away with a 28-point third quarter en route to a 49-27 win in Tallahassee ... FSU outgained the Hurricanes 476-to-391 in total yardage.

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 255-60-4 in 27 years at Florida State and 328-92-4 in 37 seasons overall ... Larry Coker is 17-0 in his second year at Miami.

  • Eight of the last nine series' meetings have been decided by 10 or more points ... since 1993, the average win margin in the series has been 18.7 points per game.

  • Larry Coker's 17-game win streak to start his career at Miami is the best of any first-time head coach in the "modern era" of college football (since 1950) for wins without a tie. Coker's start is the best since Walter Camp of Yale led the Bulldogs to 28 consecutive victories before a loss in the 1888-89 seasons.

  • Florida State is 74-65-4 (.531) against AP-ranked teams while Miami is 70-98-1 (.417) ... the Seminoles are 1-3 all-time against #1 ranked teams.

  • FSU and Miami have each been ranked #1 in the AP poll 57 times - tied for the fifth-best total among all Division I-A schools.

    Clemson (3-2, 1-1 ACC) at Virginia (4-2, 2-1 ACC)
    ESPN2; Noon
    Scott Stadium (61,500)

    THE GAME: The Cavaliers return home to the friendly confines of Scott Stadium to take on a Clemson team looking to rebound from its loss to Florida State last Thursday ... the Tigers won the first 29 games of the series and lead the rivalry 34-6-1, including a 15-3 mark in Charlottesville ... since Virginia's first win in the series in 1990, the Cavaliers own a 6-5-1 edge over the Tigers.

    LAST YEAR: Billy McMullen's one-yard touchdown catch with one second left to play gave the Cavaliers a 26-24 win over the 19th-ranked Tigers in Death Valley ... Clemson's Derrick Hamilton had nine catches for 90 yards.

    THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 25-16 in four years at Clemson and 43-20 in six seasons overall ... Al Groh is 9-9 in his second year at UVa and 35-49 in seven seasons overall.

  • Tommy Bowden's first win at Clemson came against a ranked Virginia team in 1999 ... under Bowden, the Tigers are 8-5 in Memorial Stadium against ACC foes.

  • In the last five meetings between the two teams, Virginia is +2.00 in turnover margin versus Clemson ... the Cavaliers have turned the ball over only six times since 1996 while the Tigers have 16 turnovers.

  • Saturday's game with Clemson marks Virginia's first ACC home game after starting with three straight league contests on the road.

  • The Cavaliers have the nation's fifth-toughest remaining schedule with their seven opponents a combined 28-10 (.737)

  • Virginia's Matt Schaub leads the ACC with 16 TD passes while Clemson has allowed only five TD passes all season.

    #11 NC State (6-0, 1-0 ACC) at North Carolina (2-3, 0-1 ACC)
    JP-TV; Noon
    Kenan Stadium (60,000)

    THE GAME: The 92nd meeting between these two arch rivals will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot Sports ... North Carolina has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams and leads the series 60-25-6, including a 25-15-1 mark in Kenan Stadium.

    LAST YEAR: Darian Durant completed 10 of 14 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns as UNC topped the homestanding Wolfpack 17-9 ... NC State's Philip Rivers threw for 306 yards and one touchdown.

    THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is 21-9 in his third season at NC State ... John Bunting is 10-8 in two years at North Carolina and 48-22-2 in six seasons overall.

  • Both head coaches are alums of their resepective schools .. Amato is 1968 graduate of NC State while Bunting graduated from UNC in 1972.

  • The Tar Heels have out-rushed State in eight of last nine series meetings ... since 1993, UNC has averaged 208.0 yards rushing per game while limiting the Wolfpack to 92.0 yards per game on the ground.

  • NC State's Philip Rivers has thrown for 508 yards and two touchdowns in two career games against North Carolina.

  • The Wolfpack has won three of its last four ACC road games while the Tar Heels are 4-2 in their last six ACC games in Kenan Stadium.

  • For the second-straight week North Carolina will go up against the nation's passing efficiency leader ... last week UNC faced Arizona State's Andrew Walter, this week the Tar Heels will face NC State's Philip Rivers.

    Duke (2-4, 0-2 ACC) at Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2 ACC)
    3:30 p.m.
    Groves Stadium (31,500)

    THE GAME: Duke has held the upper hand in this series between these two long-time rivals since they first met on the gridiron in 1889 ... Wake Forest has won two in a row and four of the last six but still trails in the series 53-27-2 ... this is the sixth most-played series in the ACC ... over the last three meetings, the two teams have combined to average 71.3 points and 746.7 yards per game ... the Blue Devils are 21-9-1 in games played in Winston-Salem.

    LAST YEAR: Tarence Williams ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns as Wake Forest scored 28 straight points in the first half and then held off a furious second-half Duke rally to post a 42-35 win in Durham.

    THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 5-34 in four years at Duke ... Jim Grobe is 9-8 in his second season at Wake Forest and 42-41-1 in seven years overall.

  • Duke limited Wake to 69.8 yards per game rushing and forced 5.7 turnovers in the Blue Devils' last four wins against the Deacs.
  • The team with the most rushing yardage has won four of the last five meetings in the series.
  • Wake's Tarence Williams has rushed for 275 yards and five touchdowns in two career games against the Blue Devils.
  • Duke allowed Virginia only two yards rushing Saturday and are yielding only 126.2 yards per game on the ground - their lowest per game average since a 124.0 mark in 1962.
  • Wake Forest leads the ACC and is eighth nationally in rushing (246.7) but has not had a 100-yard rusher in its first six games.

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