Welcome to the latest edition of the ACC Football Midweek Links hopefully getting you through the week to the weekend…
- 09/22/12 Bowling Green (1-2) @ Virginia Tech (2-1) / Noon ET / ESPNU
Must-See Matchup: Hokies v. shaking the cobwebs of the Pitt loss
Bowling Green hung around with Florida for three quarters to open the season, trailing 17-14 to start the fourth, but rank 112th in scoring offense and come off a 27-15 loss at Toledo. This is more Virginia Tech v. Virginia Tech than anything.
Bringing the Noise: The Key Play has stats that’ll make you sad if you’re a Hokies’ fan.
- Maryland (2-1) @ No. 7 West Virginia (2-0) / Noon ET / FX
Must-See Matchup: Maryland v. keeping this respectable
The game’s on FX, and it could turn into a trailer for the new season of American Horror Story real quick a la that game in South Florida back in January we won’t speak of. But yeah, West Virginia’s offense is as prolific as it’s been under Dana Holgorsen, ranking third in total offense (612 yards!) and fourth in scoring offense (55.5 points) nationally.
Bringing the Noise: Maryland DC Brian Stewart is familiar with the Air-Raid. Testudo Times goes behind enemy lines with WVU’s SB Nation site. Terps tackle Justin Gilbert returns to the scene of one of his knee injuries. Maryland has four co-starters at RB.
- Virginia (2-1, 0-1 ACC) @ No. 16 TCU (2-0) / Noon ET / ESPN
Must-See Matchup: Virginia QB Michael Rocco v. Virginia QB Phillip Sims
The line in this one quickly jumped to 17 points, and looking at how the ‘Hoos struggled last week and TCU’s early defensive numbers, that might be conservative. Sims came in late of the GT loss and hit 6-of-8 for 56 yards and two touchdowns, while Rocco threw a pair of picks and completed 15-of-25 for 143 yards and a score.
Bringing the Noise: Virginia’s young safeties are looking for improvement at TCU. The TCU blog Streaking the Lawn Q&A’d is pretty confident. The ‘Hoos are turning the page from the physical blowout handed down by GT.
- Army (0-2) @ Wake Forest (2-1, 1-1 ACC) / 12:30 p.m. ET / ACC Network
Must-See Matchup: Black Knights’ rushing offense v. reeling Deacs’ rush D
Fresh off giving up 385 rushing yards to Florida State – they face a team averaging 384 rushing yards per game, Army.
Bringing the Noise: Blogger So Dear has some news and notes and a depth chart for Army.
- Miami (2-1, 1-0 ACC) @ Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1 ACC) / 3 p.m. ET / RSN
Must-See Matchup: GT’s rushing offense v. Miami’s rush D
Or rather, it’s a put-your-hands-over-your-eyes matchup for Miami, facing the No. 3 rushing offense (374 yards per game) with the 102nd-ranked rush defense (205.7 yards per game).
Bringing the Noise: The Hurricanes’ young defense has its hands full Saturday, dealing with a key injury in the LB corps. And there’s more injuries where that came from. Miami and Georgia Tech’s SB Nation sites exchange Q&A previews here and here.
- East Carolina (2-1) @ UNC (1-2, 0-1 ACC) / 3:30 p.m. ET / ESPNU
Must-See Matchup: ECU’s Air-Raid v. UNC’s pass defense
UNC hasn’t stopped an FBS opponent yet from throwing it around the yard, surrendering 320.5 yards per game and three touchdowns. The Pirates run a version of Mike Leach’s scheme, but only slugged-out a 24-14 road win at Southern Miss last week, completing 13-of-27 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.
- Memphis (0-3) @ Duke (2-1) / 6 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Must-See Matchup: Duke passing game v. Memphis pass D
Memphis isn’t good, losing to Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State so far, and it could show the most in pitting Sean Renfree’s arm versus a Tigers’ pass defense ranked 105th nationally (289.3 yards per game).
- No. 9 Clemson (3-0) @ No. 4 FSU (3-0, 1-0 ACC) / 8 p.m. ET / ABC
Must-See Matchup: Clemson’s tempo v. FSU’s tempo
There are so many good matchups in this game, but FSU wants to keep Clemson’s offensive snap count to 70 or less – controlling the clock with an effective running game against the Tigers’ 84th-ranked rush defense. The less Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and co. are on the field – the wider margin the Seminoles have on the scoreboard.
Bringing the Noise: I did a breakdown of the new-look FSU offense for OrangeandWhite.com here. FSU’s d-line is kicking it up a notch on third down D. Venables is pretty familiar with FSU’s offense, facing it twice with Oklahoma. Dabo Swinney says he’d pick FSU to if he was on the outside looking in. Sammy Watkins doesn’t expect any rust facing his first big competition of the season. Shakin the Southland Q&A previews with Tomahawk Nation. Jimbo Fisher calls Clemson “very unique” and TN commenters call him out. FSU’s young defensive tackles have grown up. The ‘Noles leader in sacks (Bjoern Werner) has more than Clemson’s whole team. Chad Morris is excited about the challenge of facing FSU’s defense. Clemson’s keys to win and trouble spots from OrangeandWhite.com.
ACC v. FCS
- The Citadel (3-0) @ NC State (2-1) / 6 p.m. ET / ESPN3