GAME PREVIEWS - Saturday, November 22
Georgia Tech (6-4, 4-3 ACC) at Virginia (5-5, 3-4 ACC)
JP; 12:00 noon
Scott Stadium (61,500)
THE GAME: Virginia and Georgia Tech renew acquaintances for the 26th time ... the Cavaliers have won six of the last 10 games against Tech, but the Yellow Jackets lead the series 13-11-1 ... the two teams have split the last eight meetings ... UVa is 6-2-1 against GaT in Charlottesville ... six of the seven meetings have been decided by eight points or less.
LAST YEAR: Georgia Tech led 23-0 at the half and despite a second-half comeback effort by the Cavaliers, won the game 23-15 ... Yellow Jacket RB P.J. Daniels led all rushers with 21 carries for 95 yards ... Virginia QB Matt Schaub threw for 372 yards on 41 of 58 passing attempts.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 13-10 in his second year at Georgia Tech and 37-21 in five years overall ... Al Groh is 45-56 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a 19-16 mark in his third year at Virginia.
Duke (3-8, 1-6 ACC) at North Carolina (2-9, 1-6 ACC)
Kenan Stadium (60,000)
THE GAME: North Carolina holds the upper hand in this long-time rivarly since these two arch rivals first met on the gridiron in 1888 ... the Tar Heels have beaten the Blue Devils 13 straight times and lead the series 50-34-4, including a 26-16-2 mark in Chapel Hill ... the 13-game UNC win streak is the longest winning streak in series' history ... Duke's last win in the series was a 41-0 shutout in Chapel Hill in 1989 ... the ACC series total does not include an 1889 game in Durham that both schools claim as a forfeit victory.
LAST YEAR: North Carolina's Dan Orner connected on a 47-yard field goal as time expired to boost UNC past Duke, 23-21 ... Tar Heel QB Darian Durant was 21 of 35 for 262 passing yards ... the Blue Devils were led by Alex Wade who rushed for a game-high 138 yards.
THE COACHES: Duke interim head coach Ted Roof is 1-3 entering his fifth ball game ... John Bunting is 13-23 in his third season at North Carolina and 51-37-2 in eight years overall.
Maryland (7-3, 4-2 ACC) at NC State (7-4, 4-3 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)
THE GAME: The Terrapins and the Wolfpack will meet for the 60th time in a series that has gone uninterrupted since 1954 ... Maryland has won the last three meetings but NC State has won eight of the last 12 to take a 28-27-4 lead in a series that was first contested in 1909 ... the Wolfpack own a 15-13-3 edge in games played in Raleigh.
LAST YEAR: In a tight game through all four quarters, Maryland's Nick Novak kicked a 26-yard field goal with 34 seconds remaining to claim the 24-21 victory ... NC State QB Philip Rivers threw for 297 yards on 24 for 40 passing attempts.
THE COACHES: NC State's Chuck Amato is 32-16 in his fourth season as a head coach ... Ralph Friedgen is 27-8 in his third season at Maryland.
Clemson (7-4, 5-3 ACC) at South Carolina (5-6, 2-6 SEC)
ESPN2; 7:00 p.m.
Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
THE GAME: A full house and a national TV audience are expected for this game, as the two Palmetto State rivals clash for the 101st time in a series that has gone uninterrupted since 1909 ... this is the third-longest active series in Division I-A, trailing only Kansas-Nebraska (1906) and Minnesota-Wisconsin (1907) ... Clemson has won six of the last eight and 10 of the last 14 and leads the rivarly 60-36-4.
LAST YEAR: Clemson concluded its 2002 regular-season campaign with a thrilling 27-20 victory over South Carolina ... Tiger QB Charlie Whitehurst threw for 287 yards and was 27 for 38 ... Aaron Hunt connected on two field goals and three extra points for the Tigers in the seven point victory.
THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 54-28 in seven years as a head coach, including a 36-24 mark in five seasons at Clemson ... Lou Holtz is 243-126-7 as a head coach, including a 27-31 record at South Carolina.