Ultimate ACC road trip: Week 3

If you've been tagging along, you're exhausted. We've dragged you to four games already, so if you want to just, um, put your feet up this week and watch from your couch, we won't hold it against you. Week 3 isn't exactly sizzling:

Week 3 schedule

Saturday, September 14

  • Boston College at Southern California

  • Georgia Tech at Duke

  • Nevada at Florida State

  • Maryland at Connecticut

  • New Mexico at Pittsburgh

  • Wagner at Syracuse

  • Virginia Tech at East Carolina

  • Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest

Our pick: Georgia Tech at Duke

Why you should tag along: It will impact the Coastal Division race, and besides, when is the last time you saw a game at Wallace Wade Stadium?! Psh. And you call yourself an ACC fan. Truth: Paul Johnson and David Cutcliffe are two of the best coaches in the conference, and this is a chess match worth watching. This will be the first conference game of the season for both programs, and while Georgia Tech is coming off an appearance in the ACC championship game, the Jackets likely won't get there again if they can't beat Duke.

The Blue Devils, meanwhile, were bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and are looking to prove it was the start of a trend. Both teams will be under first-year starting quarterbacks and trying to improve upon last season. Last year, Georgia Tech crushed the Blue Devils, 42-24, but two years ago in Durham, Georgia Tech barely snuck by, winning 38-31. If Duke is going to prove last year was the beginning of consistent appearances in bowl games, it must take advantage of seven home games, including this one.

Come join us ...