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CFB: Week 10 Conference Previews – Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

ACC PREVIEWS
Weekly Release | 2022 Football

Friday, Nov. 4
Duke (5-3, 2-2 ACC) at Boston College (2-6, 1-4 ACC)
7 p.m, ESPN2
BC leads series, 5-3
Last meeting: BC, 26-6 (2020)
Head Coaches:
Duke – Mike Elko (5-3 in first season at Duke and overall)

Boston College – Jeff Hafley (14-17 in third season at Boston College and overall)

Notes: The Eagles have won three of the five meetings between the teams since joining the conference, including a 26-6 victory at Duke early in the 2020 season • QB Phil Jurkovec threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns and WR Zay Flowers had 162 receiving yards as Boston College won big in new head coach Jeff Hafley’s debut • The outcome broke a series trend that had seen each of the previous three games decided by five points or less • Boston College hosted the first three meetings in the series from 1927-29, and then the schools did not meet on the football field for nearly eight decades until the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005 • Duke can clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2018 with a win on Friday night • BC is 3-2 versus the Blue Devils in Chestnut Hill, but Duke won 20-19 on its most recent visit in 2011.

Saturday, Nov. 5

22 Syracuse (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at Pitt (4-4, 1-3 ACC)

3:30 p.m.; ACCN
Pitt leads series, 42-31-3
Last meeting: Pitt, 31-14 (2021)
Head Coaches:
Syracuse – Dino Babers (35-45 in seventh season at Syracuse; 72-61 in 11th season overall)

Pitt – Pat Narduzzi (57-41 in eighth season at Pitt and overall)

Notes: Pitt owns four consecutive wins over the Orange in the long-standing rivalry and has taken eight of nine ACC meetings • Kenny Pickett threw for four touchdowns to break Pitt’s school record for scoring passes in a season as the Panthers won 31-14 on the road to close out the 2021 regular season • Six of the last 10 series meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less or in overtime • The Panthers have won 15 of the last 17 in the series, which was first played in 1916 • The teams have met every year since 1955, and Pitt stands as Syracuse’s most-played football opponent • The Orange defeated Pitt 11 consecutive times from 1991 through 2001 • The Panthers are 24- 11 in games versus the Orange in Pittsburgh • Recent series history includes the 2016 game in Pittsburgh, where the teams set an FBS regulation-game record for combined points (137) in Pitt’s 76-61 victory.

Saturday, Nov. 5

17 North Carolina (7-1, 4-0 ACC) at Virginia (3-5, 1-4 ACC)

Noon; ACCN
UNC leads series, 64-58-4
Last meeting: UNC, 59-39 (2021)
Head Coaches:
North Carolina – Mack Brown (97-64-1 in 14th season at UNC; 272-140-1 in 34th season overall)

Virginia – Tony Elliott (3-5 in first season at UVA and overall)

Notes: North Carolina’s 59-39 win in Chapel Hill last season snapped a four-game Virginia winning streak in “The South’s Oldest Rivalry,” which was first played in 1892 • Saturday’s game will mark the 127th meeting between the programs and the 52nd in Charlottesville • UVA is 27-24 in previous home games versus the Tar Heels, while UNC holds an overall 36-31-1 edge in ACC play • QB Sam Howell threw five touchdown passes and ran for a career-best 112 yards in last season’s game at Kenan Stadium as the Tar Heels overcame a 28-24 halftime deficit and pulled away in the final two quarters • Every game between the schools since 1944 has been played at UNC or UVA • The earlier days of the series featured a combined 23 neutral site games in Richmond, Norfolk and Atlanta • Since the conclusion of World War I, the schools have met every year since 1919.

Saturday, Nov. 5
Florida State (5-3, 3-3 ACC) at Miami (4-4, 2-2 ACC)
7:30 p.m.; ABC
Miami leads series, 35-31
Last meeting: FSU, 31-28 (2021)
Head Coaches:
Florida State – Mike Norvell (13-15 in third season at FSU; 51-30 in seventh season overall)

Miami – Mario Cristobal (4-4 in first season at Miami; 66-64 in 12th season overall)

Notes: The teams meet for the 67th time in the rivalry series which was first played in 1951 • Florida State snapped a four-game losing streak versus the Hurricanes with a 31-28 win in Tallahassee with a dramatic closing drive for the winning touchdown • QB Jordan Travis was the Seminoles’ hero, as he completed a fourth-and-14 pass to Andrew Parchment and two plays later ran it in from 1 yard out with 26 seconds remaining for the decisive score • FSU is 11-7 in ACC meetings between the schools since Miami joined the conf rence for the 2004 season • FSU is 20-18 all-time versus the Hurricanes in Miami, including a 5-2 edge in games played at Hard Rock Stadium • The Hurricanes won the last two at home, however, including a 52-10 victory in 2020 • Last year’s game was the sixth in the last eight meetings between the teams decided by five points or less.

Saturday, Nov. 5
Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-3 ACC) at Virginia Tech (2-6, 1-4 ACC)
12:30 p.m.; RSN
VT leads series, 11-7
Last meeting: VT, 26-17 (2021)
Head Coaches:
Georgia Tech – Brent Key, interim (2-2 in first season at Georgia Tech and overall)

Virginia Tech – Brent Pry (2-6 in first season at Virginia Tech and overall)

Notes: Virginia Tech has won the last two series meetings between the Coastal Division teams, but the teams are 4-4 all-time in games played in Blacksburg, and the Yellow Jackets have won on their last three visits to Lane Stadium • Only three games in the series since 2007 have been decided by double-digits, and seven of the 18 all-time meetings between the programs have been decided by six points or less • Virginia Tech won 26-17 last year in Atlanta, as WR Tre Turner hauled in seven passes for 187 yards and a touchdown • The Hokies had won 45-0 on their prior visit to Georgia Tech in 2019 • Prior to the Hokies joining the ACC in 2004, the two teams had met only once previously, with Georgia Tech’s 6-3 win in 1990 helping the Yellow Jackets to the national title • Severe weather conditions forced the cancellation of a scheduled meeting in Blacksburg in 2000.

Saturday, Nov. 5
James Madison (5-2, 3-2 SBC) at Louisville (5-3, 3-3 ACC)
7:30 p.m.; ESPNU
First meeting
Head Coaches:
JMU – Curt Cignetti (38-7 in fourth season at JMU; 105-33 in 12th season overall)

Louisville – Scott Satterfield (23-22 in fourth season at Louisville; 74-46 in 10th season overall)

Notes: Louisville welcomes the Dukes for the first meeting between the schools on the gridiron • It is the next-to-last non-conference game of the regular season for the Cardinals, who will close out with ACC games at Clemson and at home versus NC State before traveling to rival Kentucky on Thanksgiving Saturday • It is the final regular season non-conference game for JMU, which will close out with three Sun Belt Conference games in hope of securing a bowl game under fourth-year head coach Curt Cignetti • Cignetti, whose resume includes stops at Pitt and NC State as an assistant coach, led the Dukes to deep FCS playoff runs as members of the CAA prior to this season • Saturday will mark the Dukes’ fifth game ever in the state of Kentucky, as they previously played at Eastern Kentucky in the 2011 FCS playoffs and at Morehead State three times during the 1980s.

Saturday, Nov. 5

5 Clemson (8-0, 6-0 ACC) at Notre Dame (5-3)

7:30 p.m.; NBC
Clemson leads series, 4-2
Last meeting: CU, 30-14 (2021)
Head Coaches:

Clemson – Dabo Swinney (158-36 in 15th season at Clemson and overall)

Notre Dame – Marcus Freeman (5-4 first full season at Notre Dame overall)

Notes: First meeting between the teams since the memorable 2020 season, when Notre Dame competed as an ACC football member during the COVID-19
pandemic • The squads split a pair of meetings, with the Fighting Irish winning the regular-season game at South Bend by a 47-40 score in double-overtime and Clemson claiming the ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte, 30-14 • Both teams then landed spots in the College Football Playoff field • Clemson is traveling to Notre Dame for the third time • The Tigers won 16-10 on their first visit to South Bend in 1979 • The teams have played two memorable but very different games in more recent years • Clemson won 24-22 in 2015 and by a 30-3 score in the 2018 College Football semifinals at Arlington, Texas • The 2015 game at Clemson saw the Fighting Irish come up short on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the score with seven seconds remaining.

Saturday, Nov. 5

20 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-2 ACC) at #21 NC State (6-2, 2-2 ACC)

8 p.m.; ACCN
NCSU leads series, 67-42-6
Last meeting: WFU, 45-42 (2021)
Head Coaches:
Wake Forest – Dave Clawson (57-50 in ninth season at Wake Forest; 147-130 in 23rd season overall)

NC State – Dave Doeren (69-50 in 10th season at NC State; 93-54 in 12th season overall)

Notes: The 116th meeting in a rivalry that dates back to 1895 and has been played consecutively every year since 1910 • The Demon Deacons have won four of the last five meetings • NC State’s 45-42 win in 2020 snapped a three-game Wake Forest winning streak in the series, but the Deacons came back to win by an identical 45-42 score last season in Winston-Salem • QB Sam Hartman accounted for four touchdowns while Justice Ellison ran for a 4-yard score with 1:47 left to key the Demon Deacons, who entered the game ranked No. 13 nationally and eventually claimed the Atlantic Division title • NC State leads 42-26-1 in ACC games versus Wake and leads 45-23-5 in games played in Raleigh • Saturday night’s game will mark the 112th consecutive year the schools have met on the football field, tying with Oklahoma-Oklahoma State for the second-longest active streak in the nation.

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