Munson's ACC Preview - Week No. 11

CLEMSON - It is the week Clemson Tiger fans have been waiting for since divisional play started in the ACC.

Heck, Tigers fans have been waiting for this since the last ACC Championship back in 1991. A reservation to Tampa is right there for the taking. Can the Tigers make it?

Maryland (2-8, 1-5) at Florida State (5-5, 3-4) 12 PM kickoff
A battle of two coaches trying to prove to their fan base they still have what it takes to get the job done. I am afraid to say that Ralph Friedgren's fate is all but sealed and I am still trying to figure out how the Tigers lost to this year's edition of the Terrapins. Quarterback Chris Turner went down with a knee injury against NC State. T hat means Jamall Robinson will get his second start of his career against a defense coached by Mickey Andrews for the last time in Tallahassee. Last year against Maryland the Noles recorded six sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Look for more of the same this week. Final score: Florida State 42 Maryland 17

Duke (5-5, 3-3) at Miami (7-3, 4-3) 12 PM kickoff
The Blue Devils need this one and next weeks game at home against Wake Forest to be bowl eligible. Randy Shannon needs this one to keep the wolves off of him and his program. Duke has lost two in a row and have scored six and ten points respectively in doing so. Hurricane QB Jacory Harris after starting the season off with a bang is finishing it with a thud having thrown ten interceptions in his last four games. Miami defense will be too much for the Blue Devils offense in this one. Final score: Miami 31 Duke 14

N.C. State (4-6, 1-5) at Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2) 3:30 PM kickoff
Some would argue that this is the battle of the two most disappointing teams in the ACC. The season did not get off to a good start for either team. The Hokies loss to Alabama set the tome for their year as did the Wolfpack's loss to South Carolina. Much more was expected from both of these programs this year. Frank Beamer's club is still ranked in the top 20 in the country and they can show why they are worthy of that ranking this week against a NC State team with serious questions on both sides of the ball. Looks like a Hokies rout to me. Final score: Virginia Tech 38 NC State 13

North Carolina (7-3, 3-3) at Boston College (7-3, 4-2) 12 PM kickoff
All of Tiger nation will have their eyes focused on this game while tailgating and making game preparations on Saturday. If you have a TV or an Internet connection at your tailgate spot outside of Death Valley get ready to be asks 1000 times "what is the score between the Tar Heels and the Eagles?' UNC is on a three game winning streak and if they hadn't blown a big lead at home against FSU we would be looking at five game run for Butch Davis's club. Ball control offense headed up by the running game and solid defense have been the keys to victory for North Carolina. The Eagles on the other hand have played great at home and not so great on the road. They did pick up their first road win of the season last week at Virginia 14-10, but they had to go to the wire to get it done. Boston College has averaged over 400 yards of offense when playing in the friendly confines of Alumni Stadium. Quarterback Dave Shinskie in particular likes playing in front of the home folks. Only one time this year have the Eagles scored less than 30 points at home and only once have they given up more than 20 points on their home turf. Looks like the Tigers will have to take care of their own business. Final score: Boston College 28 North Carolina 20

Virginia (3-7, 2-4) at Clemson (7-3, 5-2) 3:30 PM kickoff
Tiger fans will say goodbye to maybe the best player in school history as C.J. Spiller plays for the last time in Death Valley. Everyone knows what is on the line, win and you get to play for a championship, lose and you are just like all the other teams of the last decade or so. The Cavaliers come into this game having not scored more than 17 points in any of their last four games. Heck even Georgia Tech's defense held this group to just nine points. Virginia's offense will not be the problem, but their defense could rise to the challenge. It is a very big challenge as the Tiger's O has run rough shot over their last five teams. Tiger fans get ready to celebrate! The going out party for C.J. and friends is going to be special as C.J. for the third time this season sets a new all purpose yardage mark, scores three touchdowns, garners more Heisman hype and leads the Orange and White to Tampa for a much anticipated rematch with Georgia Tech. Oh Happy Day! Final score: Clemson 45 Virginia 3 Top Stories