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CFB-FBS: Atlantic Coast Conference Week 11 Previews

Thursday, Nov. 9

Virginia (2-7, 1-4 ACC) at No. 11 Louisville (8-1, 5-1 ACC) 7:30 p.m.; ESPN

Louisville leads series, 6-5

Last meeting: Louisville, 34-17 (2022)

Head Coaches: Virginia: Tony Elliott (5-14 in second season at UVA; 5-14 in second season overall)

Louisville: Jeff Brohm (8-1 in first season at Louisville; 74-45 in 10th season overall)

Notes: • Louisville is looking to help increase its chances of securing a spot in the 2023 ACC Football Championship Game with a win over Virginia on Thursday night. • The Cardinals will be looking for their 11th-straight home win when it hosts Virginia. The win streak would be its second-longest streak in school history. • With a win over Virginia on Thursday, the Cardinals would secure its first nine-win season since the 2016 campaign when it finished the year at 9-4. • Virginia is looking to snap a two-game losing streak and post its second conference win of the season and its second win over a top-25 foe this year. • The game could feature two of the top big-play quarterbacks in the ACC. Louisville’s Jack Plummer averages an ACC-best 14.02 yards per completion, while UVA’s Anthony Colandrea averages 13.37 yards per completion.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Virginia Tech (4-5, 3-2 ACC) at Boston College (6-3, 3-2 ACC) Noon; ACCN

Virginia Tech leads series, 20-11

Last meeting: VT, 27-10 (2022)

Head Coaches: Virginia Tech: Brent Pry (7-13 in second season at VT; 7-13 in second season overall)

Boston College: Jeff Hafley (21-23 in fourth season at BC; 21-23 in fourth season overall)

Notes: • Boston College is on a five-game winning streak and has won the last two games versus Virginia Tech at home in Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Virginia Tech is searching for its first road win of the season (0-4) and looking to stay near the top of the ACC regular-season standings with just two conference losses. • Boston College leads the ACC and ranks ninth in all FBS in rushing offense with an average of 211.2 yards on the ground per game this season. • Virginia Tech has the top-ranked passing defense in the ACC and ranks seventh nationally in fewest passing yards allowed at 163.8 yards per game. • The contest features two transfer quarterbacks in BC’s Thomas Castellanos and VT’s Kyron Drones, who took over the play-calling duties as starters early in the season and has provided a spark to their respective teams.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Miami (6-3, 2-3 ACC) at No. 4 Florida State (9-0, 7-0 ACC) 3:30 p.m.; ABC

Miami leads series, 35-32

Last meeting: Florida State, 45-3 (2022)

Head Coaches: Miami: Mario Cristobal (11-10 in second season at Miami; 73-70 in 13th season overall)

Florida State: Mike Norvell (27-16 in fourth season at FSU ; 65-31 in eighth season overall)

Notes: • Florida State, who has already clinched a spot in the 2023 ACC Football Championship Game, will look to remain unbeaten on the season and extend its current winning streak to 16 straight games. • Miami, who is 6-3 on the season, will look to get back in the win column after a road loss at NC State last week and play spoiler to the Seminoles’ College Playoff hopes. • FSU has held every opponent this season to fewer than 30 points. The nine-game streak is the longest active in the ACC and the fourth-longest active streak in the nation. • The Seminoles’ defense ranks in the top 25 in both scoring offense and scoring defense – offense (9th, 39.6 ppg) and defense (16th, 17.0 ppg). • The Hurricanes’ defense ranks eighth nationally in rushing defense (89.2 ypg), eighth in sacks (3.33 per game), and ninth in tackles-for-loss (7.6 per game).

Saturday, Nov. 11 Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-2 ACC) at Clemson (5-4, 2-4 ACC) Noon; ABC

Georgia Tech leads series, 51-35-2

Last meeting: Clemson, 41-10 (2022)

Head Coaches: Georgia Tech: Brent Key (9-8 in first full season at GT; 9-8 in first full season overall)

Clemson: Dabo Swinney (166-43 in 16th season at CU; 166-43 in 16th season overall)

Notes: • GT and Clemson are both playing for their sixth win of the season and bowl eligibility this week in Death Valley. A win for Clemson would make the Tigers bowl eligible for the 25th straight year, while the Yellow Jackets would be bowl eligible for the first time since 2018. • GT enters the contest having won two consecutive games for the first time since posting back-to-back wins over Pitt (Oct. 1) and Duke (Oct. 8) of last year in head coach Brent Key’s first two games as interim coach. • Clemson has won each of the last eight meetings versus the Yellow Jackets and is coming off a 31-23 win at home over No. 12 Notre Dame last week. • Georgia Tech’s offense has amassed 1,149 total yards of offense combined over its last two games and has totaled over 500 yards or more in consecutive games for the first time since 2018. • The Clemson defense shut down the Notre Dame offense last week, led by linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., who recorded a game-high 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, and an interception, which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown in the win.

Saturday, Nov. 11 NC State (6-3, 3-2 ACC) at Wake Forest (4-5, 1-5 ACC) 2 p.m.; The CW

NC State leads series, 68-42-6

Last meeting: NC State, 30-21 (2022)

Head Coaches: NC State: Dave Doeren (78-57 11th season at NCSU ; 101-61 in 13th season overall)

Wake Forest: Dave Clawson (63-58 in 10th season at WF; 153-138 in 24th season overall)

Notes: • NC State has faced Wake Forest more times than any other opponent in its 132 years of football. Saturday’s game will mark the 117th meeting between the two squads, with NC State holding a 68-42-6 advantage. • The teams have met every season since 1910, making it the longest continuous rivalry in the ACC and the second longest in the FBS (Wisconsin-Minnesota have met every year since 1906). • Since 2001, the home team in the series has posted a 9-2 mark versus the road team. • The Wolfpack have won two straight games and are coming off a 20-6 home win over Miami to give them six wins on the year and make them bowl eligible. • Wake Forest has lost two straight games and is looking to finish the season strong with three games remaining on the schedule. • The Demon Deacons need two more wins to extend its consecutive bowl game appearance streak to eight straight games. Their current streak of seven consecutive bowl game appearances is second in the ACC.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Pitt (2-7, 1-4 ACC) at Syracuse (4-5, 0-5 ACC) 3:30 p.m.; ACCN

Pitt leads series, 43-32-3

Last meeting: Pitt, 19-9 (2022)

Head Coaches: Pitt: Pat Narduzzi (65-48 in ninth season at Pitt; 64-48 in ninth season overall)

Syracuse: Dino Babers (40-54 in eighth season at Syracuse; 77-70 in 12th season overall)

Notes: • Pitt and Syracuse will meet in Yankee Stadium this Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first college football contest played in the historic venue. • The Panthers and Orange squared off in the original Yankee Stadium on Oct. 20, 1923. Syracuse won that contest, 3-0. • Pitt and Syracuse have played every year since 1955. The annual series will continue as a “protected matchup” in the ACC’s new scheduling model set to begin in 2024. • Pitt is 2-7 this season overall and 1-4 in ACC play. • Syracuse is 4-5 overall and 0-5 in the ACC. • Each team is looking to snap a multi-game losing streak, as the Panthers have lost three straight games, while the Orange have dropped five straight after starting the year at 4-0. • The Panthers’ defense ranks 11th nationally in tacklesfor-loss (7.4 per game) and 21st in sacks (2.78 per game). • Syracuse’s running back LeQuint Allen Jr. has four 100- plus yards rushing performances this season, which ranks third in the ACC.

Saturday, Nov. 11 Duke (6-3, 3-2 ACC) at No. 24 North Carolina (7-2, 3-2 ACC) 8 p.m.; ACCN UNC leads series, 65-40-4 Last meeting: UNC, 38-35 (2022)

Head Coaches: Duke: Mike Elko (15-7 in second season at Duke; 15-7 in second season overall)

North Carolina: ck Brown (106-70-1 in 15th season at UNC; 281-146-1 in 35th season overall)

Notes: • The Victory Bell is on the line Saturday when Duke and North Carolina square off in the 110th meeting. • The Tar Heels have won the last four matchups with the Blue Devils. • In the last meeting on Oct. 15, 2022, Duke and North Carolina combined for 1,078 yards and seven lead changes, but the Tar Heels scored the go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining to stun the Blue Devils 38-35 at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. • North Carolina is Duke’s fifth nationally ranked opponent faced this season. The last time the Blue Devils faced five ranked opponents in the same season was 1993. • North Carolina is averaging 39.1 points per game this season, which is tied for 12th in the FBS in scoring. UNC has scored 30 or more points in 13 of its last 17 games. • The Blue Devils are the only ACC school averaging 25.0 points per game (8th, 25.67 ppg) and allowing 15.0 points or less per outing (1st, 15.67 ppg)

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