Monday, June 2, 2014
ACC's Ultimate Road Trip: Week 10
By David M. Hale
As we turn the calendar to November in the ACC Ultimate Road Trip, there figures to be plenty of fireworks with some of the league’s top offenses set to face off.
Week 10 schedule
Thursday, Oct. 30
Saturday, Nov. 1
- Florida State at Louisville
Our pick: Florida State at Louisville
- NC State at Syracuse
- North Carolina at Miami
- Duke at Pittsburgh
- Boston College at Virginia Tech
- Virginia at Georgia Tech
Why you should come along: The good news is it’s a Thursday night game, which means you’re free to stay glued to your TVs for the madness on Saturday for rematches of two of 2013’s best ACC games. North Carolina will looks for revenge after Miami came back from 10 down in the final 12 minutes of the 2013 game, scoring the game-winning TD with 16 seconds to play. Duke and Pitt get together for the first time since last season's 58-55 shootout.
Both of those games should be incredibly fun once again, but how could we possibly choose anything other than the first meeting between Florida State and Louisville as ACC adversaries?
For the past few years, the Atlantic Division -- and, really, the ACC -- has been decided by one game: Clemson vs. FSU. But with Louisville joining the fray in 2014, there’s a potential third player in the division madness, which means this game could have even more national implications than the Sept. 20 matchup between the Tigers and Seminoles.
As Florida State heads to thoroughbred country, both teams will be coming off a bye week with their biggest tests of the season already in their rear-view mirror. While it’s certainly possible one or both might trip up along the way, there’s also the distinct possibility that this could be a top-10 matchup between two undefeated teams, with the winner assuming command of both the division and a trip to the College Football Playoff.
Florida State hasn’t played a Thursday night game since a final-minute escape act at Virginia Tech in 2012. Louisville’s program was built on midweek games. The Jameis Winston-led FSU offense projects to be one of the nation’s best again, but Bobby Petrino will have had two months to get his offense clicking on all cylinders, too. Add in the lights and cameras for a prime-time affair, and this game figures to be among the best offerings the ACC provides in 2014.