Pittsboro, NC – This Saturday locally there are four ACC football games. NC State will host Notre Dame at 12 pm at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Virginia Tech Hokies will kick off against the UNC Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium at 3:30 pm. Army will head to Wallace Wade Stadium to face the Duke Blue Devils at 3:30 pm. The evening ends with the Syracuse at Wake Forest football game at 7 pm.
Notre Dame (2-3) at NC State (3-1, 1-0 ACC)
Noon | ABC | Carter-Finley Stadium (57,600)
The Series: NC State leads 1-0; First meeting at NC State
The Coaches: Dave Doeren: 21-21 (4th year) at NC State; 44-25 (7th year) overall; Brian Kelly: 57-25 (7th year) at Notre Dame; 228-82-2 (26th year) overall
Last week: Notre Dame def. Syracuse 50-33; NC State def. Wake Forest 33-16
Of note: Saturday’s game closes a run of three straight weeks of ACC teams for Notre Dame, which lost to Duke on Sept. 24 and defeated Syracuse last week … The Fighting Irish have home dates with Miami and Virginia Tech set for later in the season … The only prior meeting between the Wolfpack and Fighting Irish came in the Gator Bowl at the conclusion of the 2002 season, where QB Philip Rivers led a 28-6 NC State victory that capped an 11-3 season.
Ones to watch: Junior QB DeShone Kizer completed 23 of 35 passes for 471 yards and three touchdowns to lead Notre Dame past Syracuse … NC State S Josh Jones had 12 tackles, including nine solo, with one sack and two pass break-ups in the win over Wake Forest.
Next game: NC State at Clemson (Oct. 15); Stanford at Notre Dame (Oct. 15)
25/– Virginia Tech (3-1, 0-0 ACC) at 17/16 North Carolina (4-1,2-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m. | ABC/ESPN2 | Kenan Stadium (63,000)
The Series: Virginia Tech leads 20-12-6; Virginia Tech leads 6-4-2 at UNC
The Coaches: Justin Fuente: 3-1 (1st year) at Virginia Tech; 29-24 (5th year) overall; Larry Fedora: 36-21 (5th year) at UNC; 70-40 (9th year) overall
Last week: Virginia Tech had an open date; North Carolina def. Florida State 37-35
Of note: North Carolina seeks to win for a second consecutive year versus the Coastal Division rival Hokies for the first time since Virginia Tech joined the ACC for the 2004 season … Virginia Tech holds a 9-3 edge against the Tar Heels in ACC play, including a 5-1 mark in Chapel Hill … UNC clinched the 2015 Coastal Division title with last November’s 30-27 overtime win in Blacksburg, with QB Marquise Williams finding WR Quinshad Davis on a 5-yard touchdown pass for the game-winner.
Ones to watch: DE Ken Ekanem earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors following his play in the Hokies’ 54-17 win over East Carolina on Sept. 24 … PK Nick Weiler connected on a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired to lift North Carolina past Florida State.
Army West Point (3-1) at Duke (2-3, 0-2 ACC)
3:30 p.m. | RSN | Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004)
The Series: Duke leads 12-10-1; Duke leads 5-3 at home
The Coaches: Jeff Monken: 9-19 (3rd year) at Army; 47-35 (7th year) overall; David Cutcliffe: 50-56 (9th year) at Duke; 94-85 (16th year) overall
Last week: Virginia def. Duke 34-20; Army had an open date
Of note: Blue Devils play host to the Black Knights after making the trip to West Point last year … Saturday’s game will be the 24th in a series that began with three neutral site games at New York City’s Polo Grounds from 1944 through 1946 … Duke won last year’s meeting by a 44-3 score behind a strong defensive effort and a pair of touchdowns by backup QB Parker Boehme … Army won 35-21 on its last visit to Duke in 2010.
Ones to watch: Army sophomore RB Andy Davidson has rushed for a team-high 414 yards and six touchdowns in four games … Duke LB Ben Humphreys had a team-high 13 tackles to go along with a pass interception in last Saturday’s game against visiting Virginia.
Next game: Duke at Louisville (Oct. 14); Lafayette at Army West Point (Oct. 15)
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) at Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 ACC)
7 p.m. | RSN | BB&T Field (31,500)
The Series: Syracuse leads 4-1; Tied 1-1 at Wake Forest
The Coaches: Dino Babers: 2-3 (1st year) at Syracuse; 39-19 (5th year) overall; Dave Clawson: 10-19 (3rd year) at Wake Forest; 100-99 (3rd year) overall
Last week: Notre Dame def. Syracuse 50-33; NC State def. Wake Forest, 33-16.
Of note: Syracuse attempts to extend its ACC record versus the Demon Deacons to 4-0, while Wake Forest tries to remain unbeaten at home this season … The series began in 2006, and the teams split nonconference meetings with each side winning at home (Wake in 2006, Syracuse in 2010) … The Orange has won all three ACC meetings since joining the league for the 2013 season, including last year’s 30-17 victory as QB Eric Dungey led a second-half comeback.
Ones to watch: Wake Forest WR Chuck Wade has at least one reception in each of his last 13 games, including three vs. NC State … Syracuse senior WR Brisly Estime totaled 128 yards on four punt returns against Notre Dame — fourth highest single-game return yardage in school history.
Next game: Virginia Tech at Syracuse (Oct. 15); Wake Forest at Florida State (Oct. 15)
Other ACC football games this weekend are
Friday, October 7
#3/3 Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) at Boston College (3-2, 0-0 ACC)
7:30 p.m. | ESPN | Alumni Stadium (44,500)
The Series: Clemson leads 14-9-2; Clemson leads 7-6-1 at Boston College
The Coaches: Dabo Swinney: 80-27 (9th year) at Clemson and overall; Steve Addazio: 20-23 (4th year) at BC; 33-35 (6th year) overall
Last week: Clemson def. Louisville 42-36; Boston College def. Buffalo 35-3
Of note: Clemson has won the last five meetings to take a 7-4 edge in ACC games between the teams … The Tigers hold an overall edge in series games played in the Boston area, which includes games at Fenway Park and Braves Field … The Eagles are 4-3 versus the Tigers in Chestnut Hill … Last year’s game at Death Valley saw Clemson double up BC by a 34-17 score as QB Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes … The teams first met in the 1939 Cotton Bowl (a 6-3 Tigers’ win).
Ones to watch: LB Ben Boulware led Clemson with a career-high 18 tackles vs. Louisville, including three tackles for loss and one sack … DE Harold Landry recorded a sack and forced a fumble as Boston College limited Buffalo to 67 yards — third fewest ever by an Eagles opponent.
Saturday, October 8
#23/21 Florida State (3-2, 0-2 ACC) at #10/10 Miami (4-0, 1-0 ACC)
8 p.m. | ABC | Hard Rock Stadium (64,982)
The Series: Miami leads 31-29; Florida State leads 19-16 at Miami
The Coaches: Jimbo Fisher: 71-16 (7th year) at FSU and overall; Mark Richt: 4-0 (1st year) at Miami; 149-51 (16th year) overall
Last week: North Carolina def. Florida State 37-35; Miami def. Georgia Tech 35-21
Of note: Miami seeks to snap a six-game series losing streak against the Seminoles, who have not lost on the Hurricanes’ home field since 2004 (16-10 in overtime at the old Orange Bowl) …First-year Miami head coach Mark Richt was 2-2 as a player vs. the Seminoles (1979-82) and 6-5 vs. Miami as a Florida State assistant coach (1990-2000) … FSU won last year’s meeting by a 29-24 score as RB Dalvin Cook ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
Ones to watch: FSU redshirt sophomore TE Ryan Izzo had four catches for 63 yards against North Carolina, including a 34-yarder … Miami MLB Shaquille Quarterman had eight tackles (one for loss) and returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown in the win over Georgia Tech.
Next game: Wake Forest at Florida State (Oct. 15); North Carolina at Miami (Oct. 15)