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Setting up Saturday's ACC slate

10/12/2012

Let's take a quick look today at what's on tap in the ACC.

For those who missed it, here are Heather's picks and what to watch in Week 7.

Duke (5-1, 2-0) at Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1), 12:30 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN3. The Hokies have never lost to Duke in ACC play, and have won 11 straight overall in the series. Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is listed as probable after missing last week and expected to start, but backup Anthony Boone should play. The Blue Devils nearly pulled the upset last year, losing 14-10. Do they have enough to win this year?

North Carolina (4-2, 1-1) at Miami (4-2, 3-0), 2:30 p.m., ESPNU/WatchESPN. Miami has won two straight in the series, but this one might very well come down to a shootout again, the way it has gone in every ACC win for the Hurricanes. North Carolina is rolling on offense in this matchup between the No. 2 scoring offense in the ACC vs. the No. 12 scoring defense in the ACC. Giovani Bernard will be one to watch along with Miami freshman Duke Johnson. We'll see if Johnson is hobbled by a lower extremity injury.

Maryland (3-2, 1-0) at Virginia (2-4, 0-2), 3 p.m., RSN, ESPN3. We will see how losing running back Wes Brown for the game impacts Maryland, as the Terps have been stymied in the run game -- averaging 86 yards per contest and just 2.2 yards per carry. At least they have one of the best defenses in the ACC to keep them in games. Virginia, meanwhile is just looking for any type of consistency on offense and defense.

Boston College (1-4, 0-2) at Florida State (5-1, 2-1), 5:30 p.m., ESPN2/WatchESPN. The Eagles have the No. 2 passing offense in the ACC with quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Alex Amidon leading the charge. But it is the defense that has really struggled this year, ranking No. 11 in total defense in the ACC. Does this team have enough firepower to hang with an FSU team sure to be fighting mad after losing to NC State?