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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Week 8 game day: Teams in need

By Heather Dinich

Good morning, ACC fans. There are some needy teams out there today, teams desperately seeking:

A road win ...

Maryland has not been able to win on the road since it beat Clemson in Death Valley in September 2008. Can the Terps get it done today at Boston College without their starting right tackle, Pete DeSouza, who was injured in a motor scooter accident? It's going to be tough. Boston College has a defense capable of forcing turnovers and giving its offense a much-needed short field to work with. And the Eagles are in desperate need of ...

A win ...

Weber State and Kent State. Those are BC's two lone wins so far this season. The Eagles haven't won since Sept. 11. With back-to-back home games against Atlantic Division opponents, BC needs to avoid a 0-for-October streak. Speaking of streaks, have you seen the one Butch Davis has over Randy Shannon? The Canes are in dire need of ...

A Coastal Division win ...

Are you in, or are you out, Miami? Because those of us watching can't tell if you even want it or not. The Canes need to snap their three-game losing streak to their former head coach and prove that they're a contender for the ACC championship. Shannon isn't the only coach in the ACC trying to snap a three-game losing streak to a conference opponent today. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney knows exactly how he feels after three straight losses to Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson. The Tigers are needy for ...

Redemption ...

As if losing to the Jackets during the regular season didn't sting Clemson enough last year, the Tigers also lost to Georgia Tech in the ACC title game. ACC standings aside, this game is about pride. There should be some bruised egos on that Clemson roster right now, and the only way to change that is to play defense for four quarters today. Clemson is the defending Atlantic Division champs, not a rebuilding team like Virginia, which is still searching for ....

An FBS win ...

It's time to beat the big boys, Virginia -- or at least Eastern Michigan. Here's your chance to get that elusive third win of the season and get it against a 1-6 MAC team. The Cavaliers aren't the only ones in the Coastal Division still in the market for a respectable win. Duke has yet to beat anyone other than Elon and will have a tough time reversing its fortunes today at Virginia Tech.

We'll see whose needs are fulfilled today, and as usual, I'll be watching from the first to the last snap. Feel free to check back here for updates throughout the day, and you can follow me on Twitter @ESPN_ACC. Enjoy the games!