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The ACC: a look ahead

With a month left in the conference season, things are starting to get real interesting in the ACC. For the second time in three weeks the league will have the opportunity to showcase two of their members in a prime time showdown. Florida State and Miami will meet in Tallahassee, Florida this Saturday night for not only bragging rights in the state, but a possible ACC title game berth as well. On top of that, the winner of this game puts itself smack in the middle of the BCS title talks.

The Hurricanes come into this game off two less than stellar performances against North Carolina and Wake Forest. Games in which late fourth quarter drives were necessary to allow Miami to stay unbeaten in the ACC as well as overall. Florida State, also perfect on the season, is firing on all cylinders thanks to a freshman quarterback named Jameis Winston who seems unfazed by it all. Miami will have their work cut out for themselves if they want to leave Tallahassee with a win.

Another game of interest finds the Virginia Tech Hokies traveling to Chesnutt Hill, Massachusetts. To take on the Boston College Eagles, Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1 in conference play) arrives at BC off a difficulty loss at home to Duke. A game in which the defense was up to the task, but the offense was not, struggling to put points on the board despite having the edge in numbers for the game. Boston College is looking for some home cooking to turn things around, the Eagles (3-4 and 1-3 in conference) managed only 261 total yards against the worst defense in the ACC in their loss at North Carolina.

The rest of the schedule shakes out this way, Clemson (7-1, 5-1) heads back out on the road to play at Virginia. The Cavs (2-6, 0-4) still looking for there first league win, take on a Tiger squad still trying to prove that the loss at home to Florida State two weeks ago was just a bad night. Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-2) will try to bounce back after a last second loss on the road to Navy, makes the trip to Atlanta to play a Georgia Tech 5-3, 4-2) team one win away from being bowl eligible. Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) has a must win if a bowl game is in there future, travels to upstate New York to play Syracuse (3-4, 1-2). And it will be the battle of Carolina as North Carolina (2-5, 1-3) takes on North Carolina State (3-4, 0-4).
Both Duke and Maryland have this week off.

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