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This week’s ACC and local matchups.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
NORTH CAROLINA AT GEORGIA TECH
Noon Saturday | ESPN
The Yellow Jackets (2-0, 1-0) have beaten UNC (1-1, 0-0) the past four years.
Georgia Tech won last year’s duel 68-50.
“When they get that [offense] humming and they’re in rhythm and they’re making first downs, they can wear you out,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said of the Tar Heels. “Just like our offense can, too, when we’re converting first downs and holding the ball for eight minutes.”
UNC coach Larry Fedora noticed that when the Yellow Jackets beat Duke last week, they were in a shotgun, three-back offense half the time.
“You’ve been working on everything for triple option and now you have to slow down a little bit and go back and make sure you’ve covered the new offense that they’re running also,” Fedora said.
UNC has not won in Atlanta since 1997.
CLEMSON AT N.C. STATE
7:30 Today | ESPN
This is the ACC opener for both No. 3 Clemson (2-0) and North Carolina State.
“This is the best group we have played to this point on the defensive front,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
N.C. State is 2-0 under new coach Dave Doeren.
“The philosophy has just changed, offensively in particular,” Swinney said of State. “The quarterback is much more of a factor in the run game. … What they are doing now is very difficult from a formation standpoint. They do a lot of shifts and motions.”
Clemson WR Charone Peake tore his ACL in practice last week, when the Tigers were idle, and will miss the rest of the season. Adam Humphries replaces him in the lineup.
“He has great speed,” Swinney said of Humphries. “He is going to play in the NFL.”
WEST VIRGINIA VS. MARYLAND
3:30 p.m. Saturday | ESPNU
WVU (2-1) has beaten Maryland (3-0) seven straight times.
The teams will square off at BB&T Stadium in Baltimore.
“The more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore city, Baltimore County and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing, I think it’s a win for us,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said.
PITTSBURGH AT DUKE
12:30 p.m. Saturday | CW5
Pitt (1-1, 0-1) and Duke (2-1, 0-1) meet for the first time in 37 years.
WAKE FOREST AT ARMY
Noon Saturday | CBS Sports Network
Wake (1-2) has yet to beat an FBS foe this year.
“We’re going to push our guys a little harder than before,” Wake coach Jim Grobe said. “We’ve probably been a little bit too nice.
“We’re trying to do a better job at practice than we have been. I think we maybe spent a little too much time on the grease board and maybe a little bit too much time in film sessions.”
Army (1-2), coming off a 34-20 loss to Stanford, has lost to Wake six straight times. Army ranks seventh nationally in rushing (314 ypg) with its option offense.
TULANE AT SYRACUSE
12:30 p.m. Saturday | CSN
QB Terrel Hunt, who took the starting job from Drew Allen last week, will lead the Orange (1-2) against Tulane (2-1).
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT FLORIDA STATE
6 p.m. Saturday | ESPN3.com
No. 8 FSU (2-0) meets MEAC member Bethune-Cookman (3-0) for the first time.
SAVANNAH STATE AT MIAMI
7 p.m. Saturday | ESPN3.com
No. 16 Miami (2-0) faces MEAC member Savannah State (1-2) for the first time.
FERRUM AT BRIDGEWATER
1 p.m. Saturday
Bridgewater (2-0) could be trouble for Ferrum (0-2), which has allowed more than 40 points in each of its games.
Shenandoah won at Ferrum 43-29 last week, snapping an eight-game skid in that series. Ferrum gave up 298 yards rushing.
“Hopefully we can get our run [defense] corrected and at least take something away from an opponent,” coach Dave Harper said.
Ferrum’s Tae Gilbert (Franklin County) ran for 136 yards in the loss, but Tim Reynolds completed just seven of 23 passes. Dropped balls were a problem.
“Our receiving corps, they have to absolutely step up and start making some plays,” Harper said.
W&L AT CENTRE
2:30 p.m. Saturday
The Generals (1-0), idle last week, will make a trip to Danville, Ky., to take on Centre (2-0).
W&L opened with a 14-13 win over Franklin & Marshall — the fewest points W&L has scored in a win in eight years.
“Seven of our drives started inside the 20, and that’s just tough for any offense,” coach Scott Abell said.
F&M was held to 247 yards of total offense, the fewest W&L has allowed in three years.
“ It was great to see defensively how far we’ve come,” Abell said.
Heath Haden has thrown for 621 yards for Centre this year.
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA AT VUL
1 p.m. Saturday
Virginia University of Lynchburg (0-2) lost to two Division II teams.
“They’re as big and athletic as anybody we’re going to face,” SVU coach DeLane Fitzgerald said.
The Knights fell to VUL 19-16 last year.
SVU (1-1) is coming off a 24-21 OT win at North Carolina Wesleyan. In the fourth quarter, SVU’s Grant Darrington blocked a field goal attempt and teammate Justin Gonzalez scooped up the ball and returned it 75 yards for a TD. Gonzalez had returned a blocked field goal attempt 66 yards for a TD in the season opener.
The Knights blocked 12 kicks last year.
SVU freshman Robert Crews forced and recovered a fumble in OT last week.
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