Week 4 Previews: Atlantic Coast Conference

Friday, Sept. 24
Wake Forest (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at Virginia (2-1, 0-1 ACC)
7 p.m.; ESPN2
UVA leads series, 34-15
Last meeting: WF, 40-23 (2020)

Head Coaches:
Wake Forest – Dave Clawson (43-45 in eighth season at Wake Forest; 133-125 in 22nd season overall)
Virginia – Bronco Mendenhall (32-33 in sixth season at UVA; 131-76 in 17th season overall)

Notes: Wake Forest has won the last three meetings between the teams, including last year’s 40-23 decision in Winston-Salem • RB Kenneth Walker III had 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 75-yard scoring run, to key the Deacons • Wake Forest won 16-10 on its most recent trip to Charlottesville nine years ago as RB Josh Harris ran for a touchdown, PK Chad Hedlund kicked three field goals and CB Kevin Johnson made a key interception • Prior to Wake Forest’s win at home in 2008 that kicked off its current four-game series winning streak, Virginia had won the previous three games against the Deacons and 20 of the previous 21 • The series was first played in 1889 at the Demon Deacons’ original Wake Forest, N.C., campus (a 46-4 Virginia win) • Friday night’s game will be the first road test of this season for Wake Forest and Virginia’s third home contest in four games.

Friday, Sept. 24
Liberty (3-0) at Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
8 p.m.; ACCN
Series tied, 1-1
Last meeting: Liberty, 38-21 (2020)

Head Coaches:
Syracuse – Dino Babers (26-37 in sixth season at Syracuse; 63-53 in 10th season overall)
Liberty – Hugh Freeze (21-6 in third season at Liberty; 63-38 in 11th season overall)

Notes: Syracuse seeks to avenge last season’s home-field loss to Liberty as the Flames visit the Carrier Dome for the second consecutive year • The rematch will wrap up a three-game series between the schools that opened in 2019 with a 24-0 Syracuse win in Lynchburg, Va. • The Orange, ranked No. 22 nationally entering the contest, accumulated eight quarterback sacks and held Liberty to minus-4 rushing yards while pitching the shutout • Liberty turned the tables in last year’s game, rushing for 338 yards while registering its first-ever win over an ACC opponent • RB Shedro Louis had a breakout game for Liberty, rushing for 170 yards on 10 carries, scoring touchdown on runs of 75 and 52 yards • Liberty, now in its fifth season as an FBS member, posted an 8-5 record in 2019 under then first-year head coach Hugh Freeze, followed by last season’s 10-1 showing that included second consecutive Cure Bowl victory.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at Boston College (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
Noon; ESPN2
First meeting

Head Coaches:
Boston College – Jeff Hafley (9-5 in second season at Boston College and overall)
Missouri – Eliah Drinkwitz (6-6 in second season at Missouri; 18-7 in third season overall)

Notes: First-ever meeting between the Eagles and Tigers kicks off a home-and-home series, with Boston College set to visit Missouri on Sept. 2, 2024 (Labor Day) • The game wraps up a month of September that has seen Boston College opened its season with four consecutive non-conference games • The Eagles’ road trip to Clemson on Oct. 2 will begin a stretch of eight consecutive ACC games to close out the regular season • Missouri is under the watch of second-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who came to the Tigers following a 12-1 season at Appalachian State in 2019 • Prior to his one-year stint as head coach of the Mountaineers, Drinkwitz spent three seasons (2016-18) as NC State’s offensive coordinator • BC will be facing an SEC opponent for the first time since a 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the 2008 Music City Bowl • The Eagles seek to improve on a 13-19-1 all-time record against SEC opponents.

Saturday, Sept. 25
New Hampshire (3-0, 2-0) at Pitt (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
Noon; ACCNX/ESPN+
Pitt leads series, 1-0
Last meeting: Pitt, 38-16 (2010)

Head Coaches:
Pitt – Pat Narduzzi (43-35 in seventh season at Pitt and overall)
New Hampshire – Sean McDonnell (157-96 in 22nd season at New Hampshire and overall)

Notes: Pitt faces New Hampshire for the second time and the first since the Panthers’ 38-16 victory at Heinz Field on Sept. 11, 2010 • Pitt QB Tino Sunseri threw for two touchdowns in a span of five minutes, and backup RB Ray Graham ran for 115 yards and two scores to lead the Panthers • The head coach Pitt faced in that game remains at the New Hampshire helm, as Sean McDonnell is in his 22nd season leading the team at his alma mater • McDonnell is the winningest active head coach in the CAA with 100 league victories and ranks No. 3 all-time • Saturday’s game closes out the regular-season non-conference schedule for Pitt, which will launch its ACC slate with back-to-back road trips to Coastal Division opponents Georgia Tech (Oct. 2) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 16) • The Panthers seek to clinch a winning record in nonconference platy for the third consecutive season.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Richmond (2-1, 0-1 CAA) at Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
Noon; ACCN
VT leads series, 37-10-4
Last meeting: VT, 17-10 (1986)

Head Coaches:
Virginia Tech – Justin Fuente (40-27 in sixth season at Virginia Tech; 66-50 in 10th season overall
Richmond – Russ Huesman (20-21 in fifth season at Richmond, 79-58 in 13th season overall)

Notes: Virginia Tech and Richmond renew an in-state series that saw the programs meet 51 times between 1897 and 1986 before taking a 35-year hiatus • Virginia Tech’s 17-10 victory in the most recent game gave the Hokies a 22-3-1 all-time record versus Richmond in Blacksburg • The Spiders won 24-14 in Richmond in 1985 to snap a four-game Virginia Tech winning streak in the series • The Hokies won the first 10 meetings between the teams from 1897 through 1936, but held a modest 6-4 edge in the final 10 games before the series went on hold • Saturday’s game continues a stretch in which Virginia Tech plays six of its first seven games this season at home • Following an open date the first weekend of October, the Hokies welcome Notre Dame on Oct. 9 before playing back-to-back home ACC games versus Pitt (Oct. 16) and Syracuse (Oct. 23).

Saturday, Sept. 25
Central Connecticut (1-2, 1-0 NEC) at Miami (1-2, 0-0 ACC)
12:30 p.m.; RSN
First meeting

Head Coaches:
Miami – Manny Diaz (15-12 in third season at Miami and overall)
Central Connecticut- Ryan McCarthy (13-4 in second season at Central Connecticut and overall)

Notes: Central Connecticut takes on an ACC opponent for the first time since 2017, when the Blue Devils dropped a 51-17 decision at Syracuse • In addition to the Orange, recent FBS opponents for Central Connecticut have included Ball State (2018) and Eastern Michigan (2019) • The Blue Devils led Eastern Michigan late in the 2019 game until an EMU blocked punt led to the winning touchdown in the fading seconds • Prior to seeing the 2020 season canceled due to the pandemic, Central Connecticut posted an 11-2 season in 2019 under first-year head coach Ryan McCarthy that included an FCS playoff berth • Saturday’s game will be the third of a four-game homestand for Miami, which opens ACC play Thursday night, Sept. 30, versus visiting Virginia • The game will be the first of eight consecutive conference games to close out the Hurricanes’ regular season.

Saturday, Sept. 25
#9 Clemson (2-1, 1-0 ACC) at NC State (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m.; ESPN
Clemson leads, 59-28-1
Last meeting: Clemson, 55-10 (2019)

Head Coaches:
Clemson – Dabo Swinney (142-34 in 14th season at Clemson and overall)
NC State – Dave Doeren (57-47 in ninth season at NC State; 80-51 in 11th season overall)

Notes: Clemson has won the last eight matchups against NC State in the annual “Textile Bowl,” including the last four games between the teams played in Raleigh • The visiting Tigers rolled to a 45-point win two years ago as QB Trevor Lawrence set the tone by accounting for three first-quarter touchdowns • The Wolfpack’s last win in the series came in 2011, when it stunned the seventh-ranked Tigers by a 37-13 score at Carter-Finley Stadium • The teams will be meeting for the 89th time in a series that was first played in 1899 at Rock Hill, S.C. • Clemson owns a 22-16 edge over the Wolfpack in games played in Raleigh and is 39-22 versus NC State in ACC play • In addition to Rock Hill, the earlier days of the series featured games in Charlotte, N.C. and Columbia, S.C., as well as the South Carolina town of Florence • Following a run of six straight years in Charlotte, all games since 1945 have been played in Raleigh or Clemson.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Louisville (2-1, 0-0 ACC) at Florida State (0-3, 0-1 ACC)
3:30 p.m.; ESPN
FSU leads series, 16-5
Last meeting: UL, 48-16 (2020)

Head Coaches:
Louisville – Scott Satterfield (14-13 in second season at Louisville; 64-37 in ninth season overall)
Florida State – Mike Norvell (3-9 in second season at Florida State; 41-24 in fi fth season overall)

Notes: Louisville’s decisive win at home last season snapped Florida State’s two game-winning steak in the series • RB Javian Hawkins ran for a season-best 174 yards and a career-high three touchdowns for the Cardinals • FSU won the most recent meeting in Tallahassee by a 35-24 score in 2019 as RB Cam Akers scored three touchdowns and QB Alex Hornibrook came off the bench to throw a 60-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to rally the home team • Last season’s outcome halted a trend that had seen Florida State win six of the previous eight meetings between the programs in Louisville • FSU is 10-2 versus Louisville at home and stands 4-2 versus the Cardinals in ACC games • Louisville won the series opener in Tallahassee in 1952 by a score of 41-14 • The Seminoles then won the next 12 meetings before the Cardinals broke through with a 26-20 overtime win at home in 2002.

Saturday, Sept. 25
Kansas (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) at Duke (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
4 p.m.; ACCN
Series tied, 1-1
Last meeting: Duke, 41-3 (2014)

Head Coaches:
Duke – David Cutcliffe (76-89 in 14th season at Duke; 120-118 in 20th season overall)
Kansas – Lance Leipold (1-2 in first season at Kansas; 147-41 in 15th season overall)

Notes: Duke and Kansas play the third game in a series that has seen each side win at home in the previous two meetings • The teams first met at Kansas in 2009, where the 22nd-ranked Jayhawks bagged a 44-16 victory by breaking the game open with 27 unanswered points • Duke starting QB Thaddeus Lewis finished the day 16-of-27 for 184 yards, while Sean Renfree came off the bench to hit on 14-of-23 pass attempts for 115 yards • Duke won 41-3 at Durham in 2014 as freshman running back Shaun Wilson broke the then-school single-game rushing record with 245 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils • Duke is 7-4 all-time against current Big 12 teams and had won the last three games under head coach David Cutcliffe – sweeping Baylor in a home-and-home series in 2017and 2018 following the win
over Kansas in 2014.

Saturday, Sept. 25
#21 North Carolina (2-1, 1-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
7:30 p.m.; ACCN
GT leads series, 30-22-3
Last meeting: UNC, 38-22 (2019)

Head Coaches:
North Carolina – Mack Brown (86-57-1 in 13th season at North Carolina; 261-133-1 in 33rd season overall)
Georgia Tech – Geoff Collins (7-18 in third season at Georgia Tech; 22-28 in fifth season overall)

Notes: Georgia Tech makes the short trip off campus to welcome the visiting Tar Heels to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Saturday night’s ACC game • The contest will be the third of this month at the NFL venue involving at least one conference team following the Miami/Alabama and Louisville-Ole Miss matchups over Labor Day Weekend • QB Sam Howell threw for four touchdowns and RB Javonte Williams rushed for 144 yards and a score as the Tar Heels scored on three straight drives in the second half to win their most recent game versus the Yellow Jackets two years ago at Bobby Dodd Stadium • Georgia Tech holds a 20-16-1 edge in ACC play, with the tie representing the only non-win by the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 National Championship squad (a 13-13 deadlock at Kenan Stadium on Oct. 20 of that year) • The Yellow Jackets are 19-9 all-time versus the Tar Heels in Atlanta.