- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Here’s a look at the top three games for Week 5, and what’s on tap in the rest of the conference:
Duke (3-1) at Wake Forest (3-1). If the Blue Devils have any designs on making a bowl game for the first time since 1994, they are going to have to find a way to beat Wake Forest. That has not been an easy thing for this team to do. The Deacs have won 12 straight, matching the longest streak by either team in the long-running series. Duke nearly broke that streak last year in a wild see-saw game that saw momentum start with Wake Forest, and then swing to Duke. The Blue Devils bounced back from a 17-0 deficit to take a 23-17 lead in the fourth quarter. But Tanner Price threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens with 6:52 to lift Wake Forest to a 24-23 win in Durham.
NC State (3-1) at Miami (3-1), noon, ESPNU. This is the first meeting between these two teams since 2008, and only the third overall meeting between the two since Miami joined the ACC in 2004. The Hurricanes are coming in off an emotional come-from-behind win over Georgia Tech, while NC State has played two teams the past two weeks that do not instill fear into the heart of the opposition in South Alabama and The Citadel. The Wolfpack handled both easily but how much more do we know about this team after those two victories? Miami and Florida State are the only 2-0 teams in the ACC currently.
No. 17 Clemson (3-1) at Boston College (1-2), 3:30 p.m., ESPN2. The Tigers must bounce back and fast after their loss to Florida State last weekend that dropped them out of the driver's seat in the Atlantic Division. They need to win out and then get some help to make it back to the ACC championship game. The last time Clemson played in Chestnut Hill back in 2010, the Eagles won 16-10. The Tigers will have their hands full trying to defend BC quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Alex Amidon. BC enters this game off a bye, so it should be more well-rested than Clemson, which played a physical game in Tallahassee. Neither team has played exceptionally well on defense so this one could end up being pretty high scoring.
The rest of the schedule
Middle Tennessee (2-1) at Georgia Tech (2-2), noon, RSN. The Yellow Jackets and Blue Raiders are playing for the third straight season. Georgia Tech has averaged 45.5 points in the two previous meetings, but has to get its defense back on track.
Idaho (0-4) at North Carolina (2-2), 3:30 p.m., RSN. The is the final nonconference game of the season for the Tar Heels, who need to get a more consistent effort for all four quarters. Bryn Renner has played exceptionally well and should have another good day against one of the worst teams in the nation.
Louisiana Tech (3-0) at Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3. The Hoos will have their hands full with the Bulldogs, who come in with wins over Illinois and Houston already this season. Louisiana Tech runs a hurry-up spread that will challenge the very green Virginia secondary. Louisiana Tech is averaging 54.7 points a game -- No. 3 in the nation.
Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU. This is actually a home game for Cincinnati being played at FedEx Field in Landover. Virginia Tech already lost to one Big East team in Pitt, which got blown out by the Bearcats earlier in the season. This is their first meeting since Virginia Tech won 20-7 in the 2009 Orange Bowl.
Florida State at South Florida, 6 p.m., ESPN. The Seminoles have to worry about the letdown factor against a team that will be highly motivated to win. USF has lost two straight, but most every player on that roster has some sort of connection to somebody at FSU so there will be plenty on the line. USF won the only previous meeting, a 17-7 upset in 2009. B.J. Daniels led that win, and will be under center Saturday.
Here’s a look at the top three games for Week 5, and what’s on tap in the rest of the conference:Duke (3-1) at Wake Forest (3-1). If the Blue Devils have any designs on making a bowl game for the first time since 1994, they are going to have to find a way to beat Wake Forest.