Game day in the ACC

November, 1, 2008
11/01/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Man, I don't know how teams do it when they have to sit around and wait for their games. I go stir crazy in hotels waiting for kickoff.

While we're all waiting, here are a few interesting notes for you on today's games, along with some links:

CLEMSON at BOSTON COLLEGE

Dabo Swinney is trying to avoid becoming the first Clemson coach to EVER start his career with an 0-2 record. Clemson's last win over BC came in 1958.

Despite the fact the Eagles have won four straight against Clemson, there is a sense of urgency in Chestnut Hill, as Boston College has no more margin for error, and certainly no more room for turnovers. And Clemson isn't giving up, even though the Tigers have to win four of their next five just to go to a bowl game.

Here is The (Columbia) State's breakdown of today's game.

MIAMI at VIRGINIA

  • Virginia is averaging 26.5 points per game (106/4) over their four-game winning streak after managing just 9.0 ppg over their first four games.
  • Miami leads the series 3-2, but Virginia has won the last two meetings, outscoring the Hurricanes 65-7, including a shutout in last year's final game played at the Orange Bowl. And nobody has forgotten that.
  • In the last two meetings, Virginia has outgained Miami 767-452 with a +6 turnover margin.

Both teams, though, enter this game on winning streaks and are playing to stay alive in the race to win the Coastal Division. Coach Al Groh has gone from the hot seat to a coach on fire in the ACC.

FLORIDA STATE at GEORGIA TECH

  • Florida State has won three straight ACC games. That usually wouldn't be noteworthy, but the former powerhouse hasn't won four straight conference games since 2004.
  • Georgia Tech is 0-11 all-time against FSU when the Noles are ranked.
  • The Yellow Jackets have gotten off to fast starts this season, outscoring its opponents 59-6 in the first quarter.

This might be the quote of the year from FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews:

"And I don't know how you feel getting tough -- you're either tough or you're not tough, kind of like being pregnant."

Here's a breakdown of today's game from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DUKE at WAKE FOREST

  • Duke is looking for its first consecutive road wins since 1999.
  • Wake has won the last eight games against Duke. It is the longest winning streak that Wake has ever had over an ACC opponent.

Duke defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk felt like he got "kicked in the chest" the last time he played at Wake Forest. Both programs, though, look quite different than they did a year ago, let alone two. Duke coach David Cutcliffe isn't quite sure which version of Wake's offense he'll get. Then again, he could ask the same question about his own defense.

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