ESPN; 7:45 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (48,055)
THE GAME: For the second year in a row and the fifth time since 1995, Georgia Tech and Maryland will play one another in an ESPN Thursday night game ... Tech has won four of the last five meetings to take a 10-4 lead in a series that was first contested in 1988.
LAST YEAR: Nick Novak kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime giving the 22nd-ranked Terps a 20-17 in a nationally-televised Thursday night ACC contest ... Novak forced the extra session with a 46-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 4-2 in his first year at Georgia Tech and 28-13 in four years overall ... Ralph Friedgen is 14-4 in his second season at Maryland.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Duke (2-5, 0-3 ACC) at No. 10 NC State (7-0, 2-0 ACC)
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)
THE GAME: The 10th-ranked Wolfpack will be out to keep their unbeaten record intact when they host a Duke team looking to end a two-game losing streak ... NC State has won eight in a row and 11 of the last 12 meetings but still trails in the series 39-33-5 ... the Wolfpack owns a 12-3-2 lead in games played in Carter-Finley.
LAST YEAR: Keyed by a pair of second quarter defensive touchdowns, NC State scored the game's first 49 points en route to a 55-31 victory in Durham ... State's Philip Rivers threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 5-35 in four years at Duke ... Chuck Amato is 22-9 in his third season at NC State.
North Carolina (2-4, 0-2 ACC) at Virginia (5-2, 3-1 ACC)
Scott Stadium (61,500)
THE GAME: North Carolina and Virginia meet in the 107th renewal of the South's oldest rival ... the series is tied for the fifth-most played series in Division I-A history ... the two schools have met every year since 1919 ... Virginia has won three of the last four meetings ... UNC leads the series 55-47-4 ... the series is tied 21-21 in games played in Charlottesville.
LAST YEAR: Andre' Williams rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and Dexter Reid returned an interception 67 yards for a TD as North Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cavaliers with a 30-24 win ... UVa's Billy McMullen had 11 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
THE COACHES: John Bunting is 10-9 in two years at UNC and 48-23-2 in six seasons overall ... Al Groh is 10-9 in his second year at UVa and 36-49 in seven seasons overall.
Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2 ACC) at Clemson (3-3, 1-2 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,473)
THE GAME: Wake Forest, fresh off its 36-10 win over Duke Saturday, looks for win No. 5 when it travels to Death Valley to take on a Clemson team looking to rebound from a 22-17 loss at Virginia ... the Tigers have won seven of the last eight meetings and lead the series 52-14-1.
LAST YEAR: Woodrow Dantzler ran for two touchdowns and ran for a third in Clemson's 21-14 win in Winston-Salem ... Dantzler accounted for 330 of the Tigers' 391 total yards.
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 10-8 in his second season at Wake Forest and 43-41-1 in seven years overall ... Tommy Bowden is 25-17 in four years at Clemson and 44-20 in six seasons overall.