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CFB Week 10 Conference Previews: Atlantic Coast Conference

Week 10 ACC Previews

Friday, Nov. 5

Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2 ACC) at Boston College (4-4, 0-4 ACC)
7:30 p.m.; ESPN2
VT leads series, 19-10
Last meeting: VT, 40-14 (2020)

Head Coaches:
Virginia Tech – Justin Fuente (42-30 in sixth season at Virginia Tech; 68-53 in 10th season overall)

Boston College – Jeff Hafley (10-9 in second season at Boston College and overall)

Notes: Virginia Tech and Boston College have met at least once every year since both became ACC members • The Hokies’ 40-14 win in Blacksburg last season snapped an Eagles two-game series winning streak • QB Hendon Hooker ran for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a score, and RB Khalil Herbert added 143 yards rushing for the Hokies • The schools have met 29 times since 1993 • That includes back-to-back meetings in the 2007 and 2008 ACC Football Championship Games, both won by Virginia Tech • The Hokies are 11-7 in previous meetings between the teams in ACC play • Virginia Tech holds a 9-5 edge versus the Eagles in Chestnut Hill • Following Friday night’s game, BC is set for its final road game of the regular season at Georgia Tech (Nov. 13) before returning home to face Florida State and Wake Forest • Virginia Tech faces Duke on Nov. 13 in its final home game of 2021.

Saturday, Nov. 6
Pitt (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at Duke (3-5, 0-4 ACC)
Noon; ACCN
Pitt leads series, 15-9
Last meeting: Pitt, 33-30 (2019)

Head Coaches:
Pitt – Pat Narduzzi (48-36 in seventh season at Pitt and overall)

Duke – David Cutcliffe (77-93 in 14th season at Duke; 121-122 in 20th season overall)

Notes: The Panthers have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including the last four • Pitt grabbed a 33-30 win in the most recent matchup between the teams in 2019 • The visiting Panthers saw a 23-point lead slip away and fell behind, but QB Kenny Pickett threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to WR V’Lique Carter with 38 seconds remaining for the win • Duke’s most recent series win came in 2014 by a 51-48 score in double overtime, one year after Pitt’s high-scoring 58-55 victory in the first ACC meeting between the programs in Durham • The series began with a 52-7 Pitt win in Durham in 1929 • Duke’s largest margin of victory versus the Panthers came by a 28-0 score in 1942 • The winning team has scored at least 31 points in seven of the previous eight meetings • Pitt is 8-4 all-time versus the Blue Devils in games played at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Saturday, Nov. 6
Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-4 ACC) at Miami (4-4, 2-2 ACC)
12:30 p.m.; RSN
GT leads series, 13-12
Last meeting: GT, 28-21, ot (2019)

Head Coaches:
Georgia Tech – Geoff Collins (9-21 in third season at Georgia Tech; 24-31 in fifth season overall)

Miami – Manny Diaz (18-14 in third season at Miami and overall)

Notes: Georgia Tech has won its last two matchups versus the Hurricanes to grab a 13-12 lead in the Coastal Division series, including a 28-21 overtime victory in the most recent meeting in 2019 • The Yellow Jackets turned a fake punt into a touchdown, recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score and blocked a Miami field goal try in the final seconds of regulation • Prior to Georgia Tech’s two recent victories, the Hurricanes had won the previous three meetings, and eight of the previous nine games in a series that was first played in 1955 and featured eight non-conference games and one bowl matchup (Miami’s 28-13 Gator Bowl victory) prior to 2004 • Miami holds a narrow 9-7 lead in ACC play and is 6-3 all-time versus the Yellow Jackets in Miami • Georgia Tech’s first two road wins came on successive trips in 2005 and 2007 in a pair of games decided by seven total points (14-10 and 17-14).

Saturday, Nov. 6
#10 Wake Forest (8-0, 5-0 ACC) at North Carolina (4-4, 3-3 ACC)
Noon; ABC
UNC leads series, 70-36-2
Last meeting: UNC, 59-53 (2019)

Head Coaches:
Wake Forest – Dave Clawson (48-45 in eighth season at Wake Forest; 138-125 in 22nd season overall)

North Carolina – Mack Brown (88-60-1 in 13th season at North Carolina; 263-136-1 in 33rd season overall)

Notes: After playing a historically significant nonconference game at Winston-Salem in 2019, North Carolina and unbeaten Wake Forest meet at Kenan Stadium this Saturday for another matchup that will not count in the ACC standings • Wake’s 24-18 win two seasons ago marked the first time since the ACC was founded in 1953 that two member schools met in a football game designated as non-conference • The teams met in a conference game last November, with the Tar Heels coming out on the winning end of a 59-53 scoring fest • UNC QB Sam Howell threw for program records of 550 yards and six touchdowns and scored the go-ahead rushing TD with 4:11 left, capping a UNC comeback from 21 down in the third quarter • While Saturday’s meeting will be the 109th between the in-state rivals, the teams will be going head-to-head for just the eighth time since 2006.

Saturday, Nov. 6
Clemson (5-3, 4-2 ACC) at Louisville (4-4, 2-3 ACC)
7:30 p.m.; ACCN
Clemson leads series, 6-0
Last meeting: CU, 45-10 (2019)

Head Coaches:
Clemson – Dabo Swinney (145-36 in 14th season at Clemson and overall)

Louisville – Scott Satterfield (16-16 in third season at Louisville; 67-40 in ninth season overall)

Notes: The Tigers own an unblemished record against the Cardinals, with all six meetings coming since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014 • The most recent game between the Atlantic Division teams took place two seasons ago in Louisville, with the Tigers wining by a 45-10 score • QB Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and RB Travis Etienne rushed for 192 yards and a score as Clemson posted what was then its 22nd consecutive victory • The Tigers also won at Death Valley in 2018 by a 77-16 margin and by a 47-21 score in 2017, when both teams were ranked among the nation’s top 15 • The first three games between the teams were closer, with the Tigers winning each by six points or less • Clemson returns home after Saturday for back-to-back games against UConn and Wake Forest • Louisville remains home and will face Syracuse on Nov. 13 before a Thursday night date at Duke (Nov. 18).

Saturday, Nov. 6
NC State (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at Florida State (3-5, 2-3 ACC)
4 p.m,; ACCN
FSU leads series, 27-14
Last meeting: NCSU, 38-22 (2019)

Head Coaches:
NC State – Dave Doeren (61-48 in ninth season at NC State; 84-52 in 11th season overall)

Florida State – Mike Norvell (6-11 in second season at FSU; 41-20

Notes: NC State has won three of the previous four versus the Seminoles, including last season’s 38-22 win in Raleigh • QB Bailey Hockman, who began his collegiate career in 2017 at Florida State, keyed the Wolfpack as he finished 24-for-34 passing for 265 yards with four touchdowns and an interception • The Seminoles have won 16 of their previous 21 games against the Wolfpack in Tallahassee, including a 31-13 win that last time the two teams met there in 2019 • Florida State leads 19-10 in ACC games between the programs since joining the conference in 1992 • The schools met 12 times prior to that (six times from 1952 through 1957, and another half-dozen times from 1963 through 1969) • Saturday night’s game begins a two-game road swing for the Wolfpack, which travels to Wake Forest on Nov. 13 • Florida State will remain home that day to take on rival Miami.

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