Munson's ACC preview - Week No. 10

The month of November is here and, simply put, it's the month when champions are determined. The Coastal Division is all but a forgone conclusion but the Atlantic, where the Tigers reside, is still anybody's guess.

Virginia (3-5, 2-2) at Miami (6-2, 3-2) 12 PM kickoff
Just when Cavalier fans thought Al Groh was up to something in 2009 the season has quickly slipped away. Remember when UVA was off to an 2-0 league start? Remember when it looked as if Al Groh was in the process of saving his job with three straight wins over UNC, Indiana and Maryland? Now the boys of Thomas Jefferson are about to drop their third straight. Miami may have saved their season last weekend with a 28-27 come from behind win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. It was a game the Canes had no right winning, but they found a way. Miami beat Virginia last season 24-17 in Charlottesville 24-17. It was the game when a freshman quarterback by the name of Jacory Harris came on the scene throwing a late touchdown pass in regulation to tie the game and then firing another one in OT to give "The U" the victory. Cavs get ready for more of the same. Final score: Miami 31 Virginia 17

Maryland (2-6, 1-3) at N.C. State (3-5, 0-4) 1 PM kickoff
As I write this I am still trying to figure out how in the world Clemson lost to the Terrapins? Let's be real honest with each other ... Ralph Friedgen's club is not a good team, but then neither is N.C. State. When you have two bad teams playing against one another I always look back to recent match ups between the two. The Terrapins currently own a three game winning streak over the Pack and have a one game edge in the overall series that stands at 27-26-1. One of the problems for Maryland this season has been scoring points as the average only 21.63 per game this year. One of the problems for NC State has been keeping opponents off the scoreboard giving up 29.38 points per game. What happens when you have a team that can't score go against a team that can't stop anyone? A shootout of course. Final score: Maryland 33 NC State 31

Duke (5-3, 3-1) at North Carolina (5-3, 1-3) 3:30 PM kickoff
Don't look now folks but the Blue Devils have won three ACC games in a row for the first time since 1994. Not only that but consider that if Duke wins the rest of their league games they will be in Tampa to vie for the ACC Championship. North Carolina is coming off a stunning win on a Thursday night at Virginia Tech. Nobody goes to Blacksburg and wins on the Thursday night, but that is just what the Tar Heels did and give them credit. I know this is not the best of Hokie teams, but Butch Davis found a way. And that way was with defense. The Heels are tied with Clemson for the ACC league in scoring defense giving up only 16.5 points per game. The problem with UNC hasn't been keeping points off the board it has been getting points on the board. Only twice this season, against I-A opponents, have the Tar Heels score more than 20 points in a game. 31 against East Carolina and 27 against Florida State. Duke can score points and plenty of them and in their five wins they are giving up just over 16 points per game. Can the Blue Devils win four in a row? Final score: Duke 27 North Carolina 20

Wake Forest (4-5, 2-3) at Georgia Tech (8-1, 5-1) 3:30 PM kickoff
Here is all you need to know about this game Navy ran for 338 yards against Wake and did not throw a single pass in their 13-10 win over the Deacons two weeks ago. Wake has lost three in a row while the Jackets have won six in a row and have the nation's second ranked rushing offense (304.11/game). Final score: Georgia Tech 45 Wake 20

Florida State (4-4, 2-3) at Clemson (5-3, 3-2) 7:45 PM kickoff
Despite what you might think of the 2009 edition of Florida State this is still a team that if they can find a way to win in Death Valley is still very much alive for a berth in the ACC Championship game. Seminole quarterback Christian Ponder does come into the game with banged up ribs and Florida State's defense can't stop anyone so that plays to the Tigers' favor. Another big advantage for Clemson is the way the defense plays at home. In the four home games this season Kevin Steele's defense has given up a 14, 7, 10 and three points respectively. That's a grand total of 34 points allowed at home or just over eight per home game. FSU has to score points to win this game because they just don't have the match-ups defensively to stop the Tigers. Yes Mickey Andrews will scheme something to take away Jacoby Ford from the Tigers passing game, but he has no answer for C.J. Spiller in space. There is a big advantage in the match-up of the Tigers offensive line against the FSU front four. The Tigers will run the ball, so all Kyle Parker has to do with the passing game is manage it well. The only thing I see keeping the Seminoles in this game is Tiger turnovers and just like the score I expect that margin to be in Clemson's favor.

Spiller runs for over 125 yards in the game and scores three touchdowns and the Heisman hype grows even more in front of a national TV audience. Final score: Clemson 42 Florida State 24 Top Stories