This Week in the ACC

Clemson has held the upper hand in their long-time rivalry against Duke. The Tigers have won the last three meetings between the two teams (by a 169-to-60 margin), and 21 of the last 25, to take a 30-15-1 overall lead in the series between these two schools.

Saturday, November 2
Clemson (4-4, 2-3 ACC)
at Duke (2-7, 0-5 ACC)
JP-TV; Noon
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

THE GAME: Clemson has held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry that was first contested in 1934 ... the Tigers have won the last three meetings between the two teams (by a 169-to-60 margin), and 21 of the last 25, to take a 30-15-1 lead in the rivalry ... the two teams have split the last six meetings in Durham ... overall, Clemson owns a 12-11 advantage in games played in Wallace Wade.

LAST YEAR: Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns and ran for an additional 135 yards and one score as the Tigers posted a 59-31 win in Death Valley.

THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 26-18 in four years at Clemson and 45-21 in six seasons overall ... Carl Franks is 5-37 in four years at Duke.

Fast Facts:

- In the last three meetings between the two teams, Clemson has outgained the Blue Devils by a 564.0-to-277.0 yards per game margin while averaging 56.3 points per contest.

- Duke's Chris Douglas has averaged 163.0 all-purpose yards in his two career games against Clemson ... Douglas is 27th on the ACC career all-purpose yardage list with 4,023 yards.

- Clemson sophomore Derrick Hamilton leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in all-purpose yardage (155.3).

- Duke linebacker Jim Scharrer signed to play baseball at Clemson in the mid-1990s, but never attended Clemson, opting to play professional baseball instead.

Saturday, November 2
Maryland (6-2, 2-1 ACC)
at North Carolina (2-6, 0-4 ACC)
1:30 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: Maryland's Terrapins take to the road for the third time in four weeks and puts their five-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina's Tar Heels in the 65th renewal of a series that began in 1920 ... Maryland has two of the last three meetings ... UNC leads the series 35-28-1, including a 19-13-1 edge in Chapel Hill.

LAST YEAR: Shaun Hill threw two touchdown passes and Bruce Perry ran for 116 yards on 21 carries as the Terps posted a 23-7 win in Ralph Friedgen's head coaching debut.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 16-4 in his second season at Maryland ... John Bunting is 10-11 in two years at UNC and 48-25-2 in six seasons overall.

Fast Facts:

- After winning only two of their previous 15 ACC road games, the Terps have rebounded to win five of their last seven road games against league foes.

- In the Terps' five-game winning streak, QB Scott McBrien has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,052 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing only one interception.

- The team with the most rushing yardage has won six in a row and nine of the last 10 meetings ... over the last 10 games, UNC has averaged 219.5 yards rushing per contest.

- Maryland is third in the ACC in passing defense (200.1) and have allowed only seven touchdown passes all season ... North Carolina leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in passing offense, averaging 286.9 yards per game.

Saturday, November 2
Georgia Tech (5-3, 2-3 ACC)
at #8 NC State (9-0, 4-0 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: Undefeated and eighth-ranked NC State returns home to the friendly confines of Carter-Finley Stadium to host a Georgia Tech team coming off a 23-15 win over Virginia ... the Yellow Jackets have won six of the last seven against the Wolfpack to take a 13-8 lead in a series that debuted with a 128-0 Tech victory in 1918 ... NC State owns a 6-4 advantage in games played in Carter-Finley Stadium.

LAST YEAR: George Godsey threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Burns ran for 114 yards as Tech posted a 27-17 Homecoming victory in Atlanta.

THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 5-3 in his first year at Georgia Tech and 29-14 in four years overall ... Chuck Amato is 24-9 in his third season at NC State.

Fast Facts:

- Georgia Tech is 2-3 against ranked NC State teams all-time, including a 1-2 mark in Raleigh ... the Jackets have won six of their last 10 ACC road games.

- In two career games against the Yellow Jackets, NC State quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for 485 yards and four touchdowns.

- Georgia Tech has won four of its last five road games against ranked teams with its only setback a 41-35 decision at #1 Florida State in 1999.

- The team with the most rushing yardage has won seven of the last eight meetings.

- NC State leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in scoring offense (40.9) while Georgia Tech is third in the ACC and 17th in Division I-A in scoring defense (18.1).

Saturday, November 2
#18 Florida State (5-3, 4-0 ACC)
at Wake Forest (5-4, 3-3 ACC)
ESPN2; 4:00 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: 18th-ranked Florida State and Wake Forest renew their rivalry for the 21st time when they meet in a regionally-televised game in Winston-Salem ... the Seminoles have won 10 in a row and lead the series 17-2-1 ... Wake Forest's last win in the rivalry was a 9-7 decision in 1973 ... Florida State has three of the previous four games in Groves Stadium.

LAST YEAR: Chris Rix completed 16-of-21 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-24 Florida State victory ... Nick Maddox ran for 94 yards and two TDs for the Noles.

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 255-62-4 in 27 years at FSU and 328-94-4 in 37 seasons overall ... Jim Grobe is 11-9 in his second season at Wake Forest and 44-42-1 in seven years overall.

Fast Facts:

- In the last 10 meetings, Florida State has outgained the Deacs by a 519.2-to-237.3 yards per game margin while averaging 45.9 points per outing ... in six of the last 10 games, the Seminoles have totaled 500-or-more yards in total offense.

- Wake Forest (249.3) and Florida State (213.5) rank 1-2 in the ACC in rushing offense ... 24 of Wake's 28 offensive touchdowns have come via the ground game.

- Florida State's Greg Jones leads the ACC in rushing (107.0) while the Deacs have six players listed among the top 20 in the ACC in rushing.

- Florida State is one of seven teams in Division I-A to average over 200 yards in both rushing (213.5) and passing (200.6).

- Wake Forest has held its opponent to under 100 yards rushing five times this season. Top Stories