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Saturday, October 27
#25 Clemson (4-2, 2-2) at Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3)
Betting line: Clemson by 9.0
Groves Stadium (31,500)
THE GAME: The Tigers have held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry that was first contested in 1933 ... Clemson has won two in a row and six of the last seven meetings and leads the rivalry 51-14-1 ... the Tigers have won three in a row and seven of the last eight games in Groves Stadium ... in the last two meetings, Clemson has outscored WF 67-10 and outgained the Deacs 1,017-to-398 in total yardage.
THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 19-11 in his third year at Clemson and 37-15 in five seasons overall ... Jim Grobe is 3-3 in his first season at Wake Forest and 36-36-1 in seven years overall.
TIGER TIDBITS: QB Woodrow Dantzler is second nationally in total offense (342.4), 12th in passing efficiency (152.8) and 25th in rushing (103.2) ... Dantzler has had 200 yards or more of total offense in 20 of his last 25 games ... TB Travis Zachery is third among school career rushing leaders with 2,815 yards; is tied for fourth among ACC career touchdown leaders (46) and tied for 10th on the league's all-time scoring list with 276 points ... the Tigers are averaging 21.5 points and 354.3 yards in four home games this season versus 46.0 points and 534.5 yards per game in two road contests ... Clemson has been ranked in the USA Today poll for 25 consecutive weeks, the second longest such streak in school history ... WR Derek Hamilton leads all ACC freshmen in receptions (31) and receiving yardage (339).
DEACON DETAILS: TB Tarence Williams has five 100-yard games this season and is second in the ACC and is 20th nationally in rushing yards per game (109.0) ... Wake Forest leads the ACC and is sixth in the nation in rushing yardage averaging 235.5 yards per game, the school's highest per game average since a 304.0 per game average in 1971 ... QB James MacPherson threw for 144 yards against Duke and moved past former Deacon standout and current Arizona head coach John Mackovic into 14th place on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 2,041 yards .... John Stone is 10th on the ACC's all-time kickoff return yardage list with 1,602 yards ... the Deacs have allowed a league-low nine quarterback sacks in its first six games.
Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-4 SEC) at Duke (0-7, 0-5)
Betting line: Vandy by 7.5
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
THE GAME: Duke will be looking to close out its 2001 non-conference slate on a positive note when the Blue Devils host Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt ... the Commodores have won the last four meetings to take a 5-3 lead in a series that started in 1986 ... six of the eight meetings have been decided by six points or less.
THE COACHES: Woody Widenhofer is 14-36 in his fifth year at Vanderbilt and 26-67-1 in nine seasons overall ... Carl Franks is 3-26 in his third season at Duke.
DEVIL DATA: TB Chris Douglas had 173 all-purpose yards against 12th-ranked Maryland and extended his streak of having 100-or-more all-purpose yardage to 10 straight games ... TE Mike Hart had one catch for five yards against the Terps and extended his consecutive game streak of catching at least one pass to 19 straight games ... Douglas is fifth nationally in all-purpose yards (183.7) and fifth in the ACC in rushing (73.0) ... Douglas is 18th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list with 1,356 yards and has scored at least one TD in nine of his last 10 games ... junior QB D. Bryant is sixth in the ACC in total offense (190.4) ... sophomore TB Alex Wade had a career-high 88 yards on 13 carries against Maryland ... Ronnie Hamilton leads the ACC and is third nationally in punt returns (18.7).
VANDY VERBAGE: The Commodores are 1-5 on the season following Saturday's 46-14 loss at South Carolina ... QB Greg Zolman has completed 101 of 210 passes for seven TDs while throwing only three interceptions ... Zolman ranks 31st in the nation in total offense (237.5) ... the Commodores have had only seven turnovers all season - four fumbles and three interceptions ... Lew Thomas leads the team and ranks 33rd nationally in rushing with 552 yards on 97 carries ... the Commodores last winning season was an 8-4 mark in 1982.
Virginia (3-4, 2-3) at NC State (3-3, 1-3)
Betting line: UVA by 7.0
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)
THE GAME: Virginia's Cavaliers take to the road for the third time in four weeks and close out their 2001 road schedule when they travel to Raleigh to take on NC State's Wolfpack in the 51st renewal of a series that started with a 5-0 Virginia victory in 1904 ... UVa has won three in a row and five of the last six meetings against State, but still trails in the series by a 30-19-1 margin ... the Wolfpack owns a 35-20-5 edge in games played in Raleigh ... the Cavaliers have rushed for 200 or more yards in 10 of the last 11 games against the Pack.
THE COACHES: Al Groh is 3-4 in his first year at UVa and 29-44 in seven seasons overall ... Chuck Amato is 11-7 in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack.
CAV COPY: Over his last three games sophomore QB Matt Schaub has completed 68 of 118 passes (57.6) for 737 yards and six TDs ... sophomore QB Bryson Spinner has thrown for 740 yards and seven TDs ... as a team, UVa has thrown 15 TD passes this season, already surpassing the total of eight all of last season ... the Cavaliers are averaging 244.7 yards per game passing which is just ahead of the school's single season record of 244.1 yards per game set in 1990 ... WR Billy McMullen had his streak of at least one TD reception in six straight games snapped by Florida State Saturday but he still leads the ACC in receptions (7.3) and is second in receiving yardage (87.6) ... McMullen is sixth on UVa's all-time receiving yardage list with 1,638 yards ... Mike Abrams is 23rd nationally in punting (43.2) while the Cavaliers rank ninth in the nation in net punting (39.8).
PACK POINTS: Sophomore QB Philip Rivers is fifth on State's career passing yardage list (4,531), seventh in total offense (4,102) and third in career TD passes with 35 ... senior Ray Robinson has led the Pack in rushing in seven straight games and is third on the school's career rushing TD list (24), seventh in career rushing yards (2,393) and seventh in all-purpose yardage (3,309) ... NC State is 11th in the nation in turnover margin (+1.17) ... WR Bryan Peterson is third in the ACC in receptions (5.2) and fourth in receiving yards per game (77.2) ... LB Levar Fisher leads the ACC in tackles per game (15.7).
#10 Maryland (7-0, 5-0) #19 Florida State (4-2, 3-1)
ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Betting line: FSU by 8.0
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)
THE GAME: Undefeated and 10th-ranked Maryland takes to the road looking for its eighth-straight win of the 2001 season against 19th-ranked Florida State in the 12th meeting of a series that began in 1966 ... the Seminoles have won all 11 previous series' meetings ... since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has outscored the Terrapins 459-to-122 over nine games.
THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 7-0 in his first season with the Terps ... Bobby Bowden 319-89-4 in 36 years overall, including a 246-57-4 mark in 26 seasons at Florida State.
TERPITUDES: Winners of their first seven games, Maryland's No. 10 ranking is the highest by the Terps since being ranked seventh for two consecutive weeks in September of 1985 ... TB Bruce Perry leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in rushing (135.6) and needs only 51 yards to become Maryland's sixth 1,000-yard rusher; ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yardage (173.3) ... WR Guilian Gary has caught a pass in 18 straight games and leads the team in receptions (32) and yards (472) ... QB Shaun Hill has averaged 315.7 yards in total offense over his last three games after averaging only 170.3 yard per game in the Terps' first four contests ... the seven wins are the school's most since 1985 and their best start since an 8-0 start in 1978.
NOLE NOTES: FSU has been ranked in every AP poll since the fifth week of the 1989 season spanning 205 consecutive weeks ... WR Atrews Bell had at least one catch in 19 straight games ... sophomore RB Greg Jones ran for a career-high 107 yards on 18 carries against Virginia ... freshman QB Chris Rix has thrown at least one TD pass in each of his first six games and is 24th nationally in passing efficiency (143.3) and 28th in total offense (240.5) ... the Seminoles have rushed for 517 yards in their last two games ... FSU is third in the ACC and 31st nationally in rushing offense, averaging 182.3 yards per game - its highest per game averge since a 222.0 per game mark in 1995 ... since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU is 16-7-1 against teams ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll.
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