Week 13: ACC Football Preview

Three conference matchups highlight this weekend's four-game schedule.

NOTING THE ACC: Florida State captures 11th ACC title with 50-44 double-overtime win over NC State ... five ACC teams eligible for post-season play with two weeks left to play ... three conference matchups highlight a four-game Week 13 schedule ... NC State's Philip Rivers has thrown a touchdown pass in 11 straight games and is second on the NCAA career total offense list (12,801) and third in passing (12,733) ... Maryland's Nick Novak moves into seventh on the ACC career scoring list with 302 points ... NC State's Jerricho Cotchery has at least one reception in 37 straight games and is ninth on the ACC's career receiving yardage list with 2,846 yards ... Virginia's Alvin Pearman has 42 catches over his last four games ... Duke's Chris Douglas needs only 223 yards to become the league's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage ... Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst sets school single-season passing record with 3,013 yards ... Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball is fourth on the ACC's freshmen total offense list with 2,040 yards ... Maryland's Ralph Friedgen winningest third-year coach in ACC history with 28 wins.

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.

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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.

Fast Facts:

  • UVa's Matt Schaub ranks 14th in the ACC career charts for passing yardage with 6,661 ... Schaub also ranks 17th in total offense with 6,718 yards.
  • Yellow Jacket sophomore P.J. Daniels leads the ACC in rushing with 103.4 yards per game.
  • Virginia's Almondo Curry has four interceptions this season which currently ranks him second among ACC leaders.
  • Tech's James Butler leads the ACC in interceptions this season with five in ten games.
  • GaT's senior wide receiver Jonathan Smith ranks second in the ACC with 92.5 receiving yards per game.

    Duke (3-8, 1-6 ACC) at North Carolina (2-9, 1-6 ACC)
    1:05 p.m.
    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.

    Fast Facts:

  • North Carolina's Michael Waddell ranks third nationally in kickoff returns (29.43).
  • Duke's Chris Douglas currently ranks second in the ACC for career all-purpose yardage with 5,606 ... Douglas also ranks eighth in the ACC career kickoff return charts with 1,759 yards.
  • UNC QB Darian Durant has recorded 6,979 yards of total offense ranking him 15th in the ACC career charts ... Durant also ranks 11th in ACC career passing efficiency (138.31).
  • Blue Devil junior Senterrio Landrum ranks second in the ACC and sixth nationally, averaging 28.54 yards per kickoff return.

    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.

    Fast Facts:

  • Wolfpack WR Jerricho Cotchery extended his string of games with at least one catch to 37 straight ... Cotchery moved into ninth place on the ACC's all-time receiving yardage list (2,846).
  • Pack QB Philip Rivers ranks second in the NCAA career total offense list with 12,801 yards ... Rivers is also third in the NCAA's all-time passing list with 12,733 yards.
  • Terp PK Nick Novak currently ranks seventh in the league record book with 302 career points ... Steve Suter has 989 career punt return yards placing him fifth in the ACC charts.
  • The Terps lead the ACC and rank fourth nationally in scoring defense allowing just over 14 points per game.

    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.

    Fast Facts:

  • Tiger QB Charlie Whitehurst has thrown for over 200 yards in 13 of his 16 career starts.
  • Clemson's Derrick Hamilton has recorded 4,431 all-purpose yards for his career ranking him 17th in the ACC charts.
  • Tiger placekicker Aaron Hunt ranks ninth in the ACC career scoring charts (297).
  • Clemson ranks 18th in the nation in passing offense with 285.4 yards per game ... the Tigers also rank second nationally in kickoff returns (27.85) and are tied for sixth with South Carolina in fewest fumbles (five lost).

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