ACC Game Previews

This Saturday marks the 69th game between Clemson and Wake Forest with the Tigers leading the series 53-14-1, including a 16-3-1 record when playing in Winston-Salem. Clemson has also held the advantage of late, winning each of the last four contests.

North Carolina (1-7, 0-4 ACC) at Maryland (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
JP; Noon
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: North Carolina's Tar Heels travel to College Park to face the Maryland Terrapins in the 65th renewal of a series that began in 1920 ... the Terps have won three of the last four meetings in a series that UNC holds a 35-29-1 advantage ... when playing in College Park, the Terrapins have a 14-13 edge over the Tar Heels.

LAST YEAR: Maryland's Chris Downs rushed for 157 yards as the Terps defeated the Tar Heels 59-7 in Chapel Hill ... the victory was the first for the Terrapins in Chapel Hill since 1988 ... Maryland's Steve Suter also set a new NCAA record with his fourth punt return for a touchdown in the season.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 26-8 in his third season at Maryland ... John Bunting is 12-21 in his third season at North Carolina and 50-35-2 in eight years overall.

Fast Facts:

  • North Carolina's Michael Waddell leads the nation in kickoff returns with a 31.9 average.

  • Maryland has scored on its opening drive in 12 of its last 17 games.

  • UNC QB Darian Durant has recorded 6,299 yards of total offense ranking him 18th in the ACC career charts ... Durant also ranks tenth in ACC career passing efficiency (139.59).

  • Terp placekicker Nick Novak currently ranks 12th in the league record book with 278 career points ... Maryland's Steve Suter has 986 career punt return yards placing him fifth in the ACC charts.

  • Tar Heel junior wide receiver Jarwarski Pollock leads the ACC and ranks 18th nationally in receptions per game (6.38).

    #5 Florida State (7-1, 6-0 ACC) at Notre Dame (2-5)
    NBC; 2:30 p.m.
    Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)

    THE GAME: A full house and a national television audience will be on hand as 5th-ranked Florida State and Notre Dame tangle for the sixth time in a series that began in 1981 ... the Seminoles have won two of the last three meetings and lead the series 3-2.

    LAST YEAR: Florida State scored 14 fourth-quarter points but fell short by a score of 34-24 against the Fighting Irish ... Seminole quarterback Anquan Boldin had a career-high nine catches for a career-high 175 yards.

    THE COACHES: Notre Dame head coach Tyrone Willingham has a 12-8 record in his second year at Notre Dame and a 61-44-1 record in nine seasons overall ... Bobby Bowden is 266-65-4 in 28 years at FSU and 339-97-4 in 38 seasons overall.

    Fast Facts:

  • FSU head coach Bobby Bowden surpassed Penn State head coach Joe Paterno on the Division I-A victory list with 339 wins.

  • Junior quarterback Chris Rix moved into eighth place in the ACC's career passing efficiency charts with a 142.89 rating ... Rix also ranks 12th on the ACC career total offense list with 7,280 yards.

  • Florida State has scored in 193 consecutive games dating back to the 1988 season opener.

  • The Seminoles lead the ACC in total offense (424.0) and total defense (280.1) ... nationally speaking, the 'Noles rank fourth in scoring defense allowing just over 12 points a game.

    Virginia (5-3, 3-2 ACC) at NC State (6-3, 3-2 ACC)
    ABC; 3:30 p.m.
    Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)

    THE GAME: Virginia will travel to NC State for the 53rd game of a series that started with a 5-0 UVa victory in 1904 ... Virginia has won four of the last five meetings but still trails the series 31-20-1 ... NC State has a 14-9 lead in games played in Raleigh, including a 24-0 victory in 2001.

    LAST YEAR: Virginia downed 20th-ranked NC State by a 14-9 score in Charlottesville ... Cavalier quarterback Philip Rivers registered 236 yards on 28 of 47 passing.

    THE COACHES: NC State's Chuck Amato is 32-15 in his fourth season as a head coach ... Al Groh is 45-55 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a 19-15 mark in his third year at Virginia.

    Fast Facts:

  • Wolfpack senior WR Jerricho Cotchery extended his string of games with at least one catch to 35 straight ... Cotchery moved into 11th place on the ACC's all-time receiving yardage list (2,600).

  • Pack quarterback Philip Rivers has 82 career touchdown passes which sets a new ACC career record ... Rivers also currently ranks fifth in the NCAA's all-time passing list with 11,532 yards.

  • Cavalier senior Almondo Curry has picked-off four passes this season, including one for a touchdown and ranks second in the ACC in interceptions with a 0.50 per game average.

  • Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy ranks second in the ACC with 80.4 rushing yards per game.

    Clemson (5-3, 3-2 ACC) at Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 ACC)
    3:30 p.m.
    Groves Stadium (31,500)

    THE GAME: This Saturday marks the 69th game between Clemson and Wake Forest ... the Tigers lead the series 53-14-1, including a 16-3-1 record when playing in Winston-Salem ... Clemson has also held the advantage of late winning the last four contests ... the last Demon Deacon victory was at Clemson in 1998.

    LAST YEAR: Clemson rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to defeat Wake Forest 31-23 in front of 81,008 fans in Death Valley ... the Demon Deacons recorded 523 yards of total offense while holding the Tigers to 280 yards of total offense.

    THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 52-27 in seven years as a head coach, including a 34-23 mark in five seasons at Clemson.

    Fast Facts:

  • Tiger QB Charlie Whitehurst has thrown for over 200 yards in 10 of his 13 career starts.

  • Demon Deacon sophomore kicker Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally in punting (46.64).

  • Clemson's Derrick Hamilton has recorded 4,044 all-purpose yards for his career ranking him 28th in the ACC charts.

  • Wake Forest's Chris Barclay ranks fourth in the ACC with 73.1 rushing yards per game ... Barclay has recorded two 100-yard rushing games this season.

  • Tiger placekicker Aaron Hunt has 268 points in his career ... Hunt currently ranks 17th in the ACC career charts for scoring.

    Duke (2-6, 0-5 ACC) at Tennessee (5-2, 3-2 SEC)
    4:00 p.m.
    Neyland Stadium (104,079)

    THE GAME: Duke and Tennessee renew a rivarly that began in 1893 ... the series is currently tied 13-13-2 with the two schools meeting for the first time since 1993 ... when playing in Knoxville, the Volunteers hold a 10-7 advantage.

    LAST MEETING: The Tennessee Volunteers rolled up 464 yards of total offense en route to a 52-19 victory over Duke in front of a homecoming crowd of 96,173 in Knoxville, Tenn.

    THE COACHES: Duke interim head coach Ted Roof is 0-1 entering his second ball game ... Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is 108-27 in his 12th season as a head coach.

    Fast Facts:

  • Duke's Chris Douglas became just the sixth player in ACC history to record over 5,000 career all-purpose yards ... Douglas currently ranks fifth in the the ACC for career all-purpose yardage with 5,169.

  • Blue Devil junior Senterrio Landrum ranks second in the ACC and third nationally averaging 30.47 yards per kickoff return.

  • In the ACC career kickoff return charts, Duke's Chris Douglas has 1,759 yards placing him 8th.

  • The Blue Devils are third in the ACC averaging 157.6 yards per game ... Duke also ranks third in pass defense holding teams to 200.1 yards per game.

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