Notre Dame-Clemson highlights Week 5 in the ACC


Here is a quick look at Saturday’s ACC action. All times are Eastern.


Pitt (2-1) at Virginia Tech (2-2), ESPN3. #PITTvsVT: With the Coastal division looking more wide open than ever, each intra-division game is pivotal. The Panthers have had two weeks to prepare for this one -- as has new starting quarterback Nate Peterman -- while the Hokies are looking to wash the bad taste out of their mouth from a two-loss nonleague slate. They are also looking to move forward without All-American corner Kendall Fuller, who is out for the year after knee surgery.

12:30 p.m.

Louisville (1-3, 0-1 ACC) at NC State (4-0), ESPN3. #LOUvsNCSU: Was finally getting a win just what the Cardinals needed to turn the corner and build some momentum? Was the Wolfpack’s strong opening month a sign that they are Atlantic contenders, or simply the product of a weak nonconference schedule? We should learn a little bit more about both teams at Carter-Finley Stadium.

3:30 p.m.

Boston College (3-1, 0-1 ACC) at Duke (3-1, 1-0 ACC), ESPN3. #BCvsDUKE: The Eagles showed a lot of resiliency in holding off NIU last week in their first game without Darius Wade. Still, Troy Flutie and Jeff Smith will have their work cut out for them against a Blue Devils defense that has been very impressive so far -- especially since BC is without Jon Hilliman (broken foot) in the backfield.

Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1 ACC), ABC/ESPN/ESPN2. #FSUvsWAKE: Is a bye what Everett Golson needed to settle down and take command of the Seminoles’ offense? He and his FSU teammates may have to battle the elements, with Hurricane Joaquin threatening to turn this one into a sloppy affair. The Deacs, meanwhile, may have to turn to freshman Kendall Hinton under center again, as John Wolford is questionable after suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago.

North Carolina (3-1) at Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-1 ACC), ESPNU. #UNCvsGT: If Paul Johnson thinks every Coastal game counts for two -- as he said going into last week’s Duke game -- then this contest is all the more important for the Yellow Jackets, who lost to the Blue Devils last week and have dropped two in a row overall. UNC has looked sharp since its Week 1 letdown and feels this may be the year it finally turns the corner. The Heels did beat the Jackets last year, after all.

8 p.m.

No. 6 Notre Dame (4-0) at No. 12 Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC), ABC. #NDvsCLEM: Playoff implications are certainly at play in Death Valley. Can DeShone Kizer notch a signature road win just his third career start? Or will Deshaun Watson and the ACC favorites hold court and deliver the league a much-needed early-season résumé boost? Weather here could play a huge role as well.