By Trey McCurry.
The ACC went 8-4 in week 3, including two wins over ranked teams. This week there are two conference matchups and both match ranked teams, #25 North Carolina @ #24 Georgia Tech and #11 Florida State @ #21 Clemson. In other action, five teams host non-conference games while two others hit the road for non-conference matchups.
Boston College 0-3 (0-1)
Last Week: 20-19 loss to Duke
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. Massachusetts (1:00PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Wake Forest (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: The Eagles are in the midst of a three-game homestand. LB Luke Kuechly had 23 tackles to extend his streak of 10 or more tackles to 25 consecutive games. Boston College blocked a punt for the first time since 2008 last week against Duke. RB Andre Williams has ran for a touchdown in four of the past five games dating back to last season.
Duke 1-2 (1-0)
Last Week: 20-19 win at Boston College
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. Tulane (3:30PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 @ Florida International (7:00PM; ESPNU)
Notes: Duke won only its second conference opener in the last 11 years with a win at Boston College. WRs Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon caught 18 passes between them against Boston College and have combined for over 4,000 yards and 312 catches in their three seasons together. QB Sean Renfree was 41-of-52 (.789) passing last week against the Eagles.
Florida State 2-1 (0-0) #11 in AP Poll and #14 in USA Today Poll
Last Week: 23-13 loss to #1 Oklahoma
This Week: Saturday, September 24 @ #21 Clemson (3:30PM; ESPN
Up Next: Saturday, October 8 @ Wake Forest (TBA)
Notes: A record crowd of 84,392 fans, nearly 2,000 over listed capacity, attended last week’s game against #1 Oklahoma at Doak Campbell Stadium. K Dustin Hopkins has made 13 consecutive field-goal attempts and 100 straight extra-point attempts. DL Bjoern Werner had a career-high seven tackles and a QB sack against the Sooners.
Georgia Tech 3-0 (0-0) #25 in AP Poll and #24 in USA Today Poll
Last Week: 66-24 win over Kansas
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. #25 North Carolina (12:00PM; ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 @ NC State (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)
Notes: The Yellow Jackets are the first ACC team since 1992 to score 49 or more points in three straight games in a season and have totaled 178 points in three games, the second-highest in ACC history in the first three games of the season. Georgia Tech’s 604 yards rushing against Kansas last weekend was an ACC record and set an NCAA record with 12.1 yards per carry.
Maryland 1-1 (1-0)
Last Week: 37-31 loss to #18 West Virginia
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. Temple (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Towson (3:30PM; RSN)
Notes: The largest home crowd since 2005 watched the Terps score 30 points in each of their first two games for the first time since 1996. QB Danny O’Brien (337 yards per game) is seventh in the NCAA in total offense and 15th in school history in passing yards. RB D.J. Adams has played in 10 games for Maryland, and has two or more TDs in four of them.
Miami (FL) 1-1 (0-1)
Last Week: 24-6 win over #16 Ohio State
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. Kansas State (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Bethune-Cookman (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Notes: The Hurricanes 24-6 win over Ohio State was the 50th game in college football history between programs with four or more national championships. Miami (FL) has now won 13 of its past 14 home openers. QB Jacory Harris is the active ACC leader in passing yards (6,463) and TDs (52). RB Lamar Miller’s 184 yards against the Buckeyes were the most by a Cane since 2005.
NC State 2-1 (0-1)
Last Week: 35-13 win over South Alabama
This Week: Thursday, September 22 @ Cincinnati (8:00PM; ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Georgia Tech (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)
Notes: The Wolfpack’s 35-13 win over South Alabama was the Jaguars first loss in their 20-game football history. NC State has won eight of its past nine home games, with six of those victories by 10 or more points. WR T.J. Graham has recorded a TD of 63 or more yards in each of the Wolfpack’s first three games and has posted consecutive 100-yard receiving games, the first NC State player to do so since 2003. CB David Amerson has three INTs on the season.
North Carolina 3-0 (1-0) #25 in USA Today Poll
Last Week: 28-17 win over Virginia
This Week: Saturday, September 24 @ #24 Georgia Tech (12:00PM; ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 @ East Carolina (8:00PM; CBSSN)
Notes: North Carolina has trailed for a total of 2 minutes, 11 seconds in its three games. QB Bryn Renner has completed 81.4 percent of his attempts on the season. The Tar Heels are 1-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2000 and 3-0 for the first time since 2001. PK Casey Barth has made 82 consecutive PATs. WR Dwight Jones has 20 catches in three games.
Virginia 2-1 (0-1)
Last Week: 28-17 loss at North Carolina
This Week: Saturday, September 24 vs. Southern Miss (3:30PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Idaho (3:30PM; ESPN3)
Notes: Virginia has 10 different players catch a pass against North Carolina and 12 different players have a reception for the Cavaliers this season. RB Kevin Parks, the ACC leader with five TDs, did not score against the Tar Heels, but did have 98 yards rushing against a defense that had only allowed 60 yards rushing its first two games combined. PK Robert Randolph is tied for the national lead with an average of three field goals per game.
Virginia Tech 3-0 (0-0) #13 in the AP Poll and #11 in the USA Today Poll
Last Week: 26-7 win over Arkansas State
This Week: Saturday, September 24 @ Marshall (3:30PM; CBSSN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 vs. Clemson (6:00PM; ESPN2)
Notes: The Hokies have won 13 consecutive regular-season games. CB Jayron Hosley had two interceptions against the Red Wolves and is now tied for the national lead among active players with 11 career INTs. WR Dyrell Roberts suffered a broken arm on the game’s opening kick-off against Arkansas State, and his replacement D.J. Coles had a 49-yard TD reception to give the Hokies the lead for good against the Red Wolves.
Wake Forest 2-1 (1-0)
Last Week: 48-5 win over Gardner-Webb
This Week: Open Date
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 @ Boston College (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: Wake Forest’s 48-5 win was only the third game in which an ACC team has allowed exactly five points. The Demon Deacons have won 15 of their last 17 games against teams from the state of North Carolina. WR Danny Dembry had 126 receiving yards against the Bulldogs to give Wake Forest three straight games with 100-yard receivers, the first time that has happened since 1998. QB Tanner Price, one of four players to complete a pass against Gardner-Webb, has thrown for 289, 297, and 281 yards in the Deacons first three games.