Here's a quick rundown of what to watch in the ACC in Week 8. All times ET:
No. 6 Clemson (6-0, 3-0) at Miami (4-2, 1-1), ABC. #CLEMvsMIA. Here is an interesting story line to watch: turnover margin. Miami is tied for the national lead at plus-13, having taken the ball away 15 times. Clemson is at minus-1, with 12 giveaways -- including seven from quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Tigers have survived to this point, but Miami is the most opportunistic defense they will have faced. Artie Burns is tied for No. 3 in the nation with five interceptions.
NC State (4-2, 0-2) at Wake Forest (3-4, 1-3), ESPN3. #NCSUvsWAKE. Did anybody think Wake Forest would have an ACC win before NC State this season? This game has been lopsided in favor of the home team; the last visitor to win in this series was Wake Forest in 2006. The Deacs expect quarterback John Wolford to play, but the questions rest with the Wolfpack, who must view this game as a must-win considering their ACC start.
No. 25 Pittsburgh (5-1, 3-0) at Syracuse (3-3, 1-1), ESPNU. #PITTvsCUSE. The Panthers are riding high after another close win, but Syracuse will not be a pushover in this meeting between former Big East rivals. Pitt should be on the lookout for big plays from the Orange offense. Quarterback Eric Dungey currently ranks No. 2 in the ACC in yards per completion (13.97). He’s a pretty good hurdler, too. Let’s just hope Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi left the kiwi at home.
Boston College (3-4, 0-4) at Louisville (2-4, 1-2), ESPN3. #BCvsLOU. Two true freshman quarterbacks are set to play in this game: Jeff Smith for BC and Lamar Jackson for Louisville. The Eagles remain the No. 1 defense in the country, but Clemson was able to gain some yards through the air last week. That’s one area where Jackson must get better as he continues to grow. Will the passing attack be enough against the best D the Cards have faced?
Virginia (2-4, 1-1) at North Carolina (5-1, 2-0), ESPN3. #UVAvsUNC. North Carolina won the meeting last year between the two teams when T.J. Thorpe caught a 16-yard touchdown pass with 4:05 remaining. Thorpe now plays for Virginia. Earlier this week, Thorpe told reporters, “I forget we were playing ’em, honestly. I thought it was NC State this year, not UNC.” Asked for a response, Virginia quarterback Matt Johns replied, “He’s lying.”
No. 23 Duke (5-1, 2-0) at Virginia Tech (3-4, 1-2), ESPNU. #DUKEvsVT. The Blue Devils embark on a four-game stretch that will define its season. And Virginia Tech is not an easy matchup for a team that is struggling to find consistency on offense. The Hokies are starting Michael Brewer at quarterback hoping he makes a difference. Expect him to test a Duke defense that has not faced a receiver as good as Isaiah Ford just yet.
No. 9 Florida State (6-0, 4-0) at Georgia Tech (2-5, 0-4), ESPN2. #FSUvsGT. The Seminoles are going for their 29th straight ACC win, which would tie the record they set in 1992-95. Once again, all eyes will be on Dalvin Cook, who is tied for the FBS lead with five rushes of 50 yards or more -- including four 50-yard touchdown runs (also tied for FBS lead). Georgia Tech ranks No. 13 in rushing defense, and is giving up 4.9 yards per carry – tied for worst in the ACC.