ACC viewer's guide: FSU, Miami renew rivalry in Week 6


It's time for the sixth Saturday of games. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch. All times Eastern.


Duke (4-1) at Army (1-4), CBSSN: The Blue Devils' defense has been stout all season, and two weeks after thumping Georgia Tech, Jeremy Cash & Co. should find plenty of success against another option offense. The big question is whether Thomas Sirk and the passing game can move the ball consistently. Duke's offense has been stuck in neutral the past few weeks.

12:30 p.m.

Virginia (1-3, 0-0 ACC) vs. Pitt (3-1, 1-0 ACC), ESPN3, #UVAvsPITT: Are the Panthers real contenders in the ACC Coastal? The defense looks much improved under head coach Pat Narduzzi, but Virginia's strong passing game, led by Matt Johns (8.2 yards per attempt, 8 TDs), should test Pitt's secondary. Virginia's defense has struggled badly, however, and this should be a good opportunity for the Panthers to find some answers in their run game.

3 p.m.

Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2 ACC) vs. Boston College (3-2, 0-2 ACC), ESPN3, #WFvsBC: Scoring might be at a premium here. BC's defense has looked stout, with one of the best defensive fronts in the country. That's bad news for a Wake Forest team that's still a work in progress along the line. The Eagles' offense, on the other hand, has been a mess, with only one red-zone trip against an FBS foe so far this year.

3:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2 ACC) vs. No. 6 Clemson (4-0, 1-0 ACC), ABC/ESPN2, #GTvsCLEM: The Yellow Jackets are desperate for a victory, but the schedule has not been accommodating. They've lost three straight to good teams and now run into No. 6 Clemson in a game in which the Tigers figure to finally unfurl a more vertical attack offensively.

Syracuse (3-1) vs. USF (1-3), CBSSN: The Orange have taken care of business against lower-tier foes, and they'll get QB Eric Dungey back for this game. A 4-1 start would be a huge momentum-builder for Syracuse, but a road victory against Marlon Mack and the Bulls won't come easily.

8 p.m.

Miami (3-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. No. 12 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC), ABC, #MIAvsFSU: This matchup might not come with the same national cachet as it did 15 years ago, but there's plenty on the line for both sides. At Florida State, a victory would be the sixth in a row over the Hurricanes -- its longest streak against its rival since winning seven in a row from 1963 to 1972. More important, it would keep the Seminoles in the playoff race. For Miami, however, the stakes might be even bigger, with Al Golden's job and the direction of the Hurricanes' season potentially hanging in the balance.