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CFB: Week 4 Conference Notes: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)


Thursday, Sept. 22 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
West Virginia at Virginia Tech 7:30 p.m., ESPN 84 84
Series: West Virginia leads series, 29-23-1, Last meeting: West Virginia, 27-21 (2021)
ESPN: Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Louis Riddick (analyst), Harry Lyles Jr. (sideline)

Friday, Sept. 23 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
Virginia at Syracuse 7 p.m., ESPN 84 84
Series: Virginia leads series, 3-2, Last meeting: Virginia, 44-38, 3ot (2015)
ESPN: Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Andre Ware (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline)

Saturday, Sept. 24 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
No. 5/5 Clemson (3-0, 1-0) at No. 16/21 Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0) Noon, ABC 134 or 193 955
Series: Clemson leads series, 69-17-1; Last meeting: Clemson, 48-27 (2021)
ABC: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)

Duke (3-0) at Kansas (3-0) Noon, FS1 121 or 20 966
Series: Duke leads series, 2-1; Last meeting: Duke, 52-33 (2021)
FS1: Eric Collins (play-by-play), Devin Gardner (analyst)

South Florida (1-2) at Louisville (1-2, 0-2) Noon, RSN 111 or 202 965
Series: Louisville leads series, 6-5; Last meeting: Louisville, 34-3 (2013)
RSN: Bob Rathbun (play-by-play), Charles Arbuckle (analyst), Lyndsay Rowley (sideline)

Rhode Island (2-1) at No. 24/- Pitt (2-1) Noon, ACCN 135 or 194 956
Series: First Meeting
ACCN: Wes Durham (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Taylor Davis (sideline)

Middle Tennessee (2-1) at No. 25/25 Miami (2-1) 3:30 p.m., ACCN 81 81
Series: Middle Tennessee leads series, 2-0; Last meeting: Middle Tennessee,7-0 (1932)
ACCN: Chris Cotter (play-by-play), Mark Herzlich (analyst), Lericia Harris (sideline)

Notre Dame (1-2) at North Carolina (3-0) 3:30 p.m., ABC 134 or 193 955
Series: Notre Dame leads series, 20-2; Last meeting: Notre Dame, 44-34 (2021)
ABC: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst), Kris Budden (sideline)

Georgia Tech (1-2) at UCF (2-1) 4 p.m., ESPNU 135 or 194 956
Series: Georgia Tech leads series, 3-1; Last meeting: UCF, 49-21 (2020)
ESPNU: Kevin Brown (play-by-play), Hutson Mason (analyst)

UConn (1-3) at No. 11/12 NC State (3-0) 7:30 p.m., RSN 135 or 194 956
Series: NC State leads series, 2-0; Last meeting: NC State, 10-7 (2012)
RSN: Evan Lepler (play-by-play), James Bates (analyst), Lauren Jbara (sideline)

Boston College (1-2, 1-1) at Florida State (3-0, 1-0) 8 p.m., ACCN 134 or 193 955
Series: Florida State leads series, 14-5; Last meeting: Florida State, 26-23 (2021)
ACCN: Mike Monaco (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst), Kelsey Riggs (sideline)

The ACC is 28-6 vs. non-conference competition through the first three weeks of the season, including an 17-6 mark vs. FBS competition. The league’s 28-6 record vs. non-conference opponents is the best since going 27-5 in the first three weeks of 2014 and is second among all conferences this season. Eight non-conference games, including three vs. Power 5 opponents, are on the schedule this week.

Seven ACC teams are unbeaten heading into week four, which equals the most of any conference. Five teams from the Atlantic have yet to lose. All four ACC teams in the state of North Carolina are undefeated through week three for the first time ever – Duke (3-0), North Carolina (3-0), NC State (3-0) and Wake Forest (3- 0). Clemson is 3-0 for the seventh time in the last eight years. Syracuse is 3-0 for the first time since winning 10 games in 2018, and Florida State is 3-0 for the first time since 2015.

Week four of the ACC schedule includes:
• Games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with prime time matchups each day. No other conference plays each of those three days this week.

• Three conference games – Virginia at Syracuse on Friday (7 p.m./ESPN); Clemson at Wake Forest (Noon/ ABC) and Boston College at Florida State (8 p.m./ ACCN) on Saturday.

• Three non-conference matchups against Power 5 opponents – West Virginia at Virginia Tech on Thursday (7:30 p.m./ESPN), Duke at Kansas (Noon/FS1) and Notre Dame at North Carolina (3:30 p.m./ABC) on Saturday.

• Four non-conference games against the Group of 5 conferences and one game against FCS competition.

Virginia Tech, which leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally in total defense, hosts West Virginia on Thursday evening (7:30 p.m./ESPN). The programs have squared off 53 times since 1912, but this year’s game will mark the first time the teams have met in back-to-back seasons since they met every year from 1973 through 2005.

Syracuse, which is seeking its first 2-0 start in ACC play since joining the conference in 2013, hosts Virginia on Friday (7 p.m./ESPN). It is the first meeting between the two schools since 2015, when the Cavaliers outlasted the Orange for a 44-38 win in three overtimes in Charlottesville. Syracuse is currently second in the league in turnover margin.

A pair of nationally-ranked ACC Atlantic Division teams are set to collide Saturday as No. 5 Clemson heads to Winston-Salem to face 21st-ranked Wake Forest (Noon/ ABC). The Tigers have the nation’s longest active win streak at nine games, while Wake Forest has won 11 straight at home. This is just the third time overall – and first time as ACC opponents – that both teams have been ranked at kickoff. The two previous occurrences came in 1948 (No. 10 Clemson 21, No. 19 Wake Forest 14) and 1950 (No. 16 Clemson 13, No. 17 Wake Forest 12).

Undefeated Duke looks to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2018 when it travels to Kansas on Saturday (Noon/FS1). The Jayhawks are also 3-0. This is the fourth game in a series in which the home team is currently 3-0. Duke QB Riley Leonard is fourth in the ACC, averaging 290.0 total yards of offense.

North Carolina looks to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1997 when the Tar Heels take on Notre Dame at Kenan Stadium Saturday afternoon 3:30 p.m./ABC). North Carolina and Notre Dame meet for the 23rd time and for the third consecutive year for the first time since 1958-60.

In the ACC Network prime time game on Saturday evening, Boston College travels to Florida State (8 p.m./ ACCN). Florida State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in this Atlantic Division matchup, including a 26-23 victory at Chestnut Hill late last season.

In other FBS non-conference action, Louisville hosts South Florida (Noon/RSN), No. 25 Miami hosts Middle Tennessee (3:30 p.m./ACCN), No. 12 NC State hosts UConn (7:30 p.m./RSN), Georgia Tech plays at UCF (4 p.m./ESPNU) and No. 24 Pitt hosts FCS opponent Rhode Island (Noon/ACCN).

Scorigami is a term used for results that have never occurred previously. In week three, Syracuse topped Purdue, 32-29. That score had never previously occurred in ACC history. Wake Forest’s 37-36 win over Liberty was only the second occurrence of a 37-36 result in ACC history.

Clemson’s current nine-game win streak is the longest active streak in the country. Clemson also has the nation’s longest home win streak at 36 games. NC State has the seventh longest active home streak at 12 games and Wake Forest is ninth with 11.

Pitt has won seven consecutive road games, which is the second-longest in the country behind Georgia (8).

Five ACC teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 poll (Sept. 11). The five teams are the second-most of any conference. No. 5 Clemson leads the way and is joined by No. 12 NC State, No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 24 Pitt and No. 25 Miami. Florida State, North Carolina and Syracuse also received votes.

No. 5 Clemson leads a group of four ACC teams ranked among the top 25 of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaches poll. The Tigers are joined by No. 11 NC State, No. 16 Wake Forest and No. 25 Miami. Pitt, Florida State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke also received votes.

Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week: Aydan White, NC State: White recorded five tackles (3 solo), including one for loss, one quarterback sack and intercepted two passes in NC State’s 27-14 win over Texas Tech. White returned one of his interceptions 84 yards for a touchdown as the Wolfpack improved to 3-0 with the victory. White is the sixth NC State player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors since 2004, and the first since quarterback Devin Leary (Sept. 26, 2021). White is the first Defensive POW honoree since former linebacker Nate Irving (Sept. 26, 2010).

Manning Award: Syracuse QB was named a Manning Award Star of the Week for his performance vs. Purdue. Shrader, who also earned ACC quarterback of the week honors, connected on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including the game-winner from 25 yards out in a thrilling 32-29 win over the Boilermakers.

Boston College: Preseason first-team All-ACC wide receiver Zay Flowers finished the Maine game with eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Flowers moved into fifth place alltime on Boston College’s receptions list. He now has 144 career catches.

Clemson: Clemson won its 36th consecutive home game with a 48-20 victory over Louisiana Tech to extend its school record for both the longest home winning streak and longest home unbeaten streak in school history.

Duke: QB Riley Leonard accounted for four touchdowns in a 49-20 victory over North Carolina A&T. Leonard finished the night 11-of-12 passing for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores, including a career-long 56-yard sprint that put Duke up 35-6 in the third quarter.

Florida State: Ontaria Wilson caught both of FSU’s touchdown passes vs. LSU, tying career highs with two touchdowns and seven catches. He had a game-high 102 receiving yards, the second-most in his career.

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech LB Ayinde Eley, who entered the week as the only player in NCAA Division I FBS with at least 20 tackles, two tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble this season, added to those numbers with 12 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, and a forced fumble vs. Ole Miss.

Louisville: Against FSU, QB Malik Cunningham finished 21-of-34 for 243 yards passing with one interception and one touchdown to go with 127 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. He completed passes to six different receivers.

Miami: Miami is allowing just 12.3 points per game, which ties for first in the ACC and is 16th nationally.

North Carolina: QB Drake Maye’s 11 touchdown passes are the most by a UNC quarterback in a three-game span since Mitch Trubisky had 11 in three games in 2016 (three vs. JMU, five vs. Pitt, three at FSU).

NC State: NC State has two interceptions in every game this season. The only FBS team that has completed three games this season with two plus interceptions in every game is Wisconsin.

Pitt: Israel Abanikanda paced a Pitt rushing attack that amassed 238 yards on the ground in the win over Western Michigna. Abanikanda recorded his second consecutive – and third career – 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 133 yards on a career-high 31 carries and a 4-yard touchdown.

Syracuse: In the win over Purdue, running back Sean Tucker moved within 10 yards of Ernie Davis (3,386) on Syracuse’s all-time rushing list.

Virginia: Quarterback Brennan Armstrong broke UVA’s career passing record with a 17-yard completion to Lavel Davis Jr. in the fourth quarter. He passed Matt Schaub on UVA’s all-time list who threw for 7,502 from 2000-03. Armstrong now has 7,504 for his career.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies have scored in 349 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak in the nation among FBS schools. It’s also the fifth-longest streak in FBS history.

Wake Forest: QB Sam Hartman broke the Wake Forest all-time passing mark, eclipsing Riley Skinner (2006-09) with a five-yard pass to Ke’Shawn Williams in the third quarter against Liberty. Hartman has thrown for 9,891 career passing yards, moving into the top 10 in ACC history.

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