Saturday, October 27, 2012
Setting up Saturday's ACC slate
By Andrea Adelson
Let's take a quick look at what's on tap in the ACC today.
For those who missed it, here is a look back at Heather's picks and what to watch.
NC State at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m., ACC Network/ESPN3. Who will transform tomorrow? Perhaps North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, who has been the best player in the ACC the past three weeks. North Carolina is going to have to pay attention to Quintin Payton and Bryan Underwood, who have developed into a pretty nice receiving duo. Underwood has a touchdown catch in all seven games this season.
Maryland at Boston College, 1 p.m., ESPN3. The Terps are down to freshman Caleb Rowe at quarterback, after losing their second signal caller for the season in the span of a week. For those scoring at home, Maryland is on its fifth choice for quarterback since the end of last season. Does all this mean the Eagles will finally win their first FBS game of the season and break a five-game losing streak?
BYU at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m., RSN/ESPN3. BYU comes in with one of the best rushing defenses in the nation, but will have to try and slow down Tevin Washington, who ranks second nationally in scoring (13.14 points per game). Tech also ranks third nationally in rushing offense (339.57) and 15th in total offense (497.71).
Duke at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU/WatchESPN. Ladies and gentlemen, your matchup of two teams at the top of their respective divisions. Bowl eligibility is not simply enough for the Blue Devils. They have bigger goals in mind. To get there, they have got to beat Florida State for the first time. Ever. Will James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman be just fine at running back?