What to watch in the ACC: Week 11

November, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

1. North Carolina's losing winning trend. In all six of their wins this season, North Carolina has had to trail before they have won. And the two losses? They were winning most of the way. UNC seems to be at its best when the pressure is on.

2. How Georgia Tech's offensive line fares without Andrew Gardner for the first time in 48 games. They Yellow Jackets will depend heavily on Nick Claytor and Austin Barrick. Both of them played significant snaps against Florida State, but nobody on the line has the experience Gardner had.

3. Turnovers in Chapel Hill. Georgia Tech has the nation's leader in interceptions in Morgan Burnett. But North Carolina leads the nation in interceptions. Fortunately for the Yellow Jackets, they don't throw the ball that much. They have been known to fumble it once or twice, though.

4. Wake Forest's defensive line against Virginia's offensive line. In order to have a chance at winning, the Demon Deacons need to stop Cedric Peerman. In order to do that, they've gotta get past NFL prospect Eugene Monroe.

5. Virginia tailback Cedric Peerman. Peerman took the first fumble of his career last week against Miami pretty hard. He's the heart of the offense in terms of leadership, so they'll need him to bounce back quickly.

6. Duke running back Clifford Harris. He filled in for injured fullback Tielor Robinson at Wake Forest and scored two touchdowns. He's very football-savvy and has the ability to play both fullback and tailback, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

7. Florida State's kickoff coverage team against C.J. Spiller. The Noles are allowing 21 yards per return, and Spiller is second in the ACC with a 31.9 return yard average and one touchdown.

8. Turnovers in Tallahassee. Unlike Georgia Tech and North Carolina who take the ball away, these two teams give it away. Clemson and FSU are the ACC's two worst teams in terms of turnover margin. FSU is minus-4 and Clemson is minus-9. Clemson has had 10 turnovers in its past two games.

9. Boston College pass defense against Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The Eagles have the nation's No. 12 pass efficiency defense while Notre Dame is 18th nationally in passing offense.

10. The big picture. Nobody can really afford to lose anymore, but Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina seem to have the most to lose this weekend. The Noles are still trying to become bowl eligible, and the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels are both trying to avoid their third Coastal Division loss. Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia can all become bowl eligible this weekend.

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