Welcome to your weekly ACC Football Midweek Links hopefully getting you through the week to the weekend…
Of course, there’s the big news – ACC football staying at 8 games in football, having double-partners in a 18-game basketball schedule and ditching the round-robin baseball tourney for a 10-team, double-elimination until semis format. My quick thought is I’m a fan on all fronts.
- 10/06/12 Boston College (1-3, 0-2 ACC) @ Army (0-4) / Noon ET / CBS Sports Net
Must-See Matchup: Eagles aerial attack v. Army D
In losing efforts against Miami and Clemson, Chase Rettig passed for 782 yards and five touchdowns. The Black Knights have been at their best in pass defense (65th nationally), but that may be because their rush defense has struggled so much (115th nationally).
- Virginia Tech (3-2, 1-0 ACC) @ UNC (3-2, 0-1 ACC) / 12:30 p.m. ET / ACC Network
Must-See Matchup: UNC passing attack v. Hokies’ secondary
If Virginia Tech thought Cincinnati’s passing game was tough, UNC’s no-huddle spread presents another problem this week, 12th in scoring offense (43.2 PPG) with a 23rd-ranked passing offense (304.8 yards per game).
Bringing the Noise: Gobbler Country has the UNC-VT game guide. ESPN breaks down Virginia Tech’s offensive woes. The task again for the Hokies is to regroup. The Heels are looking to be known by their defense on Saturday.
- Virginia (2-3, 0-1 ACC) @ Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) / 3:00 p.m. ET / RSN
Must-See Matchup: Phillip Sims v. Michael Rocco?
The word is Sims will start if he’s healthy, but if he’s healthy, will he perform on the road at Duke? It’s a game that could be the difference between a bowl or being home for the holidays for both teams.
Bringing the Noise: Blue Devil Nation Q&A previews Virginia. ESPN is doing special video previews for Duke games now – they’ve hit the big time (and getting extra stories too). BDN says an opportunity awaits Saturday.
- Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC) @ No. 15 Clemson (4-1, 1-1 ACC) / 3:30 p.m. ET / ESPN
Must-See Matchup: Clemson’s defense v. one of its Achilles’ heels
Clemson hasn’t stopped much this season (or last season), but historically, Georgia Tech’s spread option has been trouble for the Tigers – racking up the rushing yards in four wins in the last five seasons.
Bringing the Noise: This week is all about “doing your job” for Clemson defensively. Garry Peters is a fresh face you’ll see in the Tigers’ secondary this Saturday and after a big role as a reserve last week. Chad Morris respects a GT defense that gave his prolific offense fits last season. OrangeandWhite.com has keys for Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Jackets have had their own defensive issues.
- Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2 ACC) @ Maryland (2-2) / 3:30 p.m. ET / ESPNU
Must-See Matchup: Rested Terps v. reeling Deacs
Yeah, there’s not a whole lot exciting about this game, but it’s winnable for both – Maryland having the extra prep time and Wake Forest has to shake off the loss to Duke last week.
Bringing the Noise: Star Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs isn’t feeling the extra attention yet. Pass protection is a concern for the Terps. Testudo Times goes over the depth chart changes after the bye week.
- Miami (4-1, 3-0 ACC) @ Notre Dame (4-0) / 7:30 p.m. ET / NBC
Must-See Matchup: Top-15 ‘Canes passing attack v. Irish top-20 pass D
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris has passed for 1,002 yards in his last two games, with 7 touchdowns and two interceptions in wins over Georgia Tech and NC State, while Notre Dame hasn’t given up more than 198 passing yards this season.
Bringing the Noise: Stephen Morris is still looking for more this season after a strong start. Al Golden wants more from this tight ends. Miami made some changes on the o-line. Denzel Perryman is back at linebacker for the ‘Canes. Miami SB Nation Q&A previews with Notre Dame’s SB Nation site.
- No. 3 Florida State (5-0, 2-0 ACC) @ NC State (3-2, 0-1 ACC) / 8:00 p.m. ET / ESPN2
Must-See Matchup: FSU v. first big ACC road game
As we talked about in the bowl projections, FSU’s biggest opponent is FSU, at least from what we’ve seen from ACC play so far, but that doesn’t make winning on the road any easier – especially at night in Raliegh.
Bringing the Noise: Tomahawk Nation believes the ‘Noles will amp up the pressure. The Orlando Sentinel has a bunch of NC State-FSU links, including info on a State players-only meeting. Tom O’Brien talks FSU.