Sneak peek at the week
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
There are two key divisional games, as UNC will host Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. and Wake Forest will travel to Tallahassee for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Florida State. Duke and Virginia are off. Here's a quick look ahead at the whole schedule for Week 4:
Mississippi State (1-2) at Georgia Tech (2-1), noon -- Yes, this is the same Mississippi State that lost 3-2 to Auburn last week, and that safety came on a holding call against the Tigers. The Bulldogs' defense is holding opponents to 11.67 points per game, but Josh Nesbitt is a better quarterback than some might think.
No. 15 East Carolina (3-0) at NC State (1-2, 0-1 ACC) noon, ESPN -- The difference here is that the Pirates are led by their quarterback, Patrick Pinkney, while the Wolfpack is led by linebacker Nate Irving, who has had three interceptions for 43 yards.
UCF (1-1) at Boston College (1-1) 1 p.m. ESPNU -- The keys here will be how the Eagles fare without Alex Albright, and how much playing time, if any, backup quarterback Dominique Davis gets. This George O'Leary-coached UCF team gave South Florida fits.
South Carolina State (2-1) at Clemson (2-1, 1-0 ACC) 1 p.m. ESPN360 -- This should be a tune-up game for the Tigers, and one of the things Tommy Bowden is looking for is more three-and-outs for the defense.
Eastern Michigan (1-2) at Maryland (2-1) 1 p.m. ESPN360 -- EMU is coming off a 41-17 loss to fellow MAC opponent Toledo, and the Terps are coming off a 35-27 upset of Cal. You do the math.
Virginia Tech (2-1) at North Carolina (2-0) 3:30 p.m. ABC -- Frank Beamer said the Tar Heels will be their biggest test to date, and much of that is due to Brandon Tate, who currently leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 308 in just two games. But Virginia Tech linebacker Brett Warren had a game-high 15 tackles last week, and defensive tackle John Graves is making a habit out of blocking kicks.
Miami (1-1) at Texas A&M (1-1) 3:30 p.m. ABC -- The Hurricanes have been working on creating turnovers, but they also need a solid performance from tailback Graig Cooper and a few of their receivers to emerge as dependable playmakers.
Wake Forest (2-0) at Florida State (2-0) 7 p.m. ESPN2 -- The Demon Deacons have back-to-back wins against FSU, and Riley Skinner hasn't thrown an interception yet this season, but the Seminoles are brimming with young talent.
5:45 3rd Qtr North Carolina State 24 UCF 13 Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State