By Trey McCurry.
Week 5 saw 11 ACC teams go 8-3, including 5-0 in non-conference action. Four teams (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Florida State) are ranked among the nation’s top-23 teams this week with two teams (Clemson and Georgia Tech) still undefeated. This week there are four conference games (Maryland @ #13 Georgia Tech, #22 Florida State @ Wake Forest, Boston College @ #8 Clemson, and Miami (FL) @ #17 Virginia Tech) and two non-conference matchups (Louisville @ North Carolina and Central Michigan @ NC State).
Boston College 1-4 (0-2)
Last Week: 27-19 loss to Wake Forest
This Week: Saturday, October 8 @ #13 Clemson (3:00PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ #17 Virginia Tech (TBA)
Notes: RB Montel Harris broke the school rushing record against Wake Forest. The senior has 3,735 yards in his career, good for 11th place in ACC history. PK Nate Freese’s 52-yard field goal against the Demon Deacons was the Eagles’ longest in 22 years and third-longest in school history. LB Luke Kuechly had 14 stops against Wake Forest to stretch his streak of 10 or more tackles to 27 straight games. Boston College is 5-for-8 on fourth down this season.
Duke 3-2 (1-0)
Last Week: 31-27 win at Florida International
This Week: Open Date
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #22 Florida State (TBA)
Notes: Duke has won three games in a row for the second time in the past three seasons after not accomplishing the feat from 1995 to 2008. Two of the Blue Devils three wins have came when trailing after three quarters. WRs Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner had 100 or more receiving yards in the game for the fourth time in their three seasons as teammates. QB Sean Renfree is completing 71 percent of his passes this season. Duke is second in the ACC in rushing TDs (12); more than they had in four of the five previous full seasons.
Florida State 2-2 (0-1) #23 in AP Poll and #22 in USA Today Poll
Last Week: Open Date
This Week: Saturday, October 8 @ Wake Forest (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 @ Duke (3:00PM; RSN)
Notes: Florida State is ranked in the AP Poll for the sixth straight week, their longest run since the first six weeks of 2006. WR Rashad Greene has five receiving TDs in four games and is just two games off the ACC freshman record of six straight games with a receiving TD. P Shaun Powell leads the conference with a 44.9-yard average per punt while PK Dustin Hopkins has made all seven of his field goals this season. The Seminole defense is 6th nationally in total defense, allowing just 257 yards a game.
Georgia Tech 5-0 (2-0) #13 in AP and USA Today Polls
Last Week: 45-35 win at NC State
This Week: Saturday, October 8 vs. Maryland (12:00PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 @ Virginia (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Notes: Georgia Tech is only the fourth ACC team to score 35 or more points in each of a season’s first five games. Of the Yellow Jackets’ 35 completions this season, 15 have been for 30 or more yards and 10 have been for TDs. The Jackets lead the nation in rushing and are averaging 378.2 yards rushing per game with no individual have more than 13 carries a game. AB Orwin Smith is averaging 15.11 yards on each of his 28 carries from scrimmage this year.
Maryland 2-2 (1-0)
Last Week: 28-3 win over Towson
This Week: Saturday, October 8 @ #13 Georgia Tech (12:00PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #8 Clemson (7:00PM; ESPNU)
Notes: With its win over Towson, the Terps have now won 16 straight games against current CAA members. Maryland had 11 tackles for loss against the Tigers. The Terps are plus-3 in turnover margin this season, good for 7th nationally. S Matt Robinson (12.0) is tied for 5th nationally in tackles per game while LB Demetrius Hartsfield (11.75) ranks 9th nationally. RB Davin Meggett is 6th in ACC rushing, averaging 81.8 yards per game.
Miami (FL) 2-2 (0-1)
Last Week: 45-14 win over Bethune-Cookman
This Week: Saturday, October 8 @ #17 Virginia Tech (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 @ North Carolina (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: RB Lamar Miller is the first Hurricane to begin a season with four straight games of 100 or more rushing yards in at least the past 30 years. With 56 career TD passes, QB Jacory Harris is tied for 13th in ACC history. LB Sean Spence had 2.5 tackles for loss against Bethune-Cookman to raise his career total to 37. Spence is the active ACC leader and is third nationally among active players. Miami (FL) had TD drive of nine and 10 seconds against the Wildcats.
NC State 2-3 (0-2)
Last Week: 45-35 loss to #24 Georgia Tech
This Week: Saturday, October 8 vs. Central Michigan (3:30PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ Virginia (TBA)
Notes: Tom O’Brien is the only coach in ACC history to have victories over all 12 conference members. WR T.J. Graham is second nationally in all-purpose yards at 214.8 yards per game. Graham is second place on the ACC’s career kickoff return yardage list and is only 272 yards from setting the record. NC State has two fumble returns for TDs this season. The Wolfpack accomplished a rare feat against Georgia Tech last weekend, the won the time of possession against the Yellow Jackets.
North Carolina 4-1 (1-1)
Last Week: 35-20 win at East Carolina
This Week: Saturday, October 8 vs. Louisville (12:00PM; ESPN2)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. Miami (FL) (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: RB Giovani Bernard is the national leader in TDs (7) by a freshman. WR Dwight Jones has 85 or more receiving yards in all five games in 2011. QB Bryn Renner has completed 65 percent or more of his passes and thrown at least one TD in all five Tar Heel games this season and ranks 5th nationally in pass efficiency (179.10). North Carolina has only one of the nation’s top 200 individual tacklers, but has allowed fewer than 21 points per game in 2011.
Virginia 3-2 (0-1)
Last Week: 21-20 (OT) win over Idaho
This Week: Open Date
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #13 Georgia Tech (3:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: WR Kris Burd had eight catches for a career-high 123 yards against Idaho and recorded the sixth 100-yard game of his career. Burd is fifth in Virginia history in receptions (126) and eighth in yards (1,650). RB Kevin Parks is one rushing TD short of the school’s freshman record of seven. CB Chase Minnifield snagged his 11th career interception against the Vandals and is now tied for fourth among active FBS players.
Virginia Tech 4-1 (0-1) #21 in the AP Poll and #17 in the USA Today Poll
Last Week: 23-3 loss to #13 Clemson
This Week: Saturday, October 8 vs. Miami (FL) (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 @ Wake Forest (6:30PM; ESPN3)
Notes: Virginia Tech saw Clemson end its 14-game regular-season winning streak and 12-game ACC winning streak. The Hokies failed to score a TD in a home game for the first time since a 16-0 loss to Cincinnati in 1995. Frank Beamer recorded his 200th game at Virginia Tech against East Carolina, coached his 300th total game at his alma mater against Clemson, and will direct the 100th game of Tech’s ACC era against Miami (FL) this weekend. RB David Wilson is 7th nationally in rushing yards per game (127.80) and has gotten nearly half of the Hokies’ carries (102 of 216).
Wake Forest 3-1 (2-0)
Last Week: 27-19 win at Boston College
This Week: Saturday, October 8 vs. #22 Florida State (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #17 Virginia Tech (6:30PM; ESPN3)
Notes: Wake Forest has already equaled its win total from 2010 and its win at Boston College last weekend snapped a four-game losing streak against the Eagles. The Demon Deacons have trailed for a total of nine of 14,400 seconds of timed play this season. WR Chris Givens had another big day against the Eagles (seven catches for 132 yards) and is 7th in the FBS in receiving yards (124.5).