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The Atlantic Coast Conference Board of Directors, representing all 15 member institutions, announced Sept. 20 that the conference office will relocate its headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2023. The unanimous decision completes a comprehensive review and assessment, under the direction of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, to ensure that the conference office is best positioned for the future and changing dynamics of intercollegiate athletics. The league will use the 2022-23 academic year as a transition period to complete the relocation process.


The ACC leads all conferences with five programs ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in their respective fall Olympic sports. Teams earning a No. 1 or No. 2 ranking in a major poll are:
NC State women's cross country (No. 1 – USTFCCCA)
Wake Forest men's soccer (No. 1 – United Soccer Coaches)
Louisville volleyball (No. 2 – AVCA)
North Carolina field hockey (No. 2 – NFHCA)
Virginia women's soccer (No. 2 – United Soccer Coaches)
For the 16th consecutive year, the ACC leads the way among FBS conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The average rank of ACC schools is 54.5, which leads all FBS conferences and is nearly five percentage points ahead of the next-closest peer conference.


Football

As documented in a story earlier this week by the Associated Press, the ACC was 28-6 versus non-conference opposition through the first three weeks of the season, including a 17-6 mark vs. FBS competition. The league’s 28-6 record vs. non-conference opponents is the best since going 27-5 in the first three weeks of 2014 and is second among all conferences this season. Eight non-conference games, including three vs. Power 5 opponents, are on the schedule this week.


Seven ACC teams are unbeaten heading into week four, which equals the most of any conference. Five teams from the Atlantic have yet to lose. All four ACC teams in the state of North Carolina are undefeated through week three for the first time ever - Duke (3-0), North Carolina (3-0), NC State (3-0) and Wake Forest (3-0). Clemson is 3-0 for the seventh time in the last eight years. Syracuse is 3-0 for the first time since winning 10 games in 2018, and Florida State is 3-0 for the first time since 2015.


Syracuse, which is seeking its first 2-0 start in ACC play since joining the conference in 2013, hosts Virginia on Friday (7 p.m./ESPN). It is the first meeting between the two schools since 2015, when the Cavaliers outlasted the Orange for a 44-38 win in three overtimes in Charlottesville. Syracuse is currently second in the league in turnover margin.


A pair of nationally-ranked ACC Atlantic Division teams are set to collide Saturday as No. 5 Clemson heads to Winston-Salem to face 21st-ranked Wake Forest (Noon/ABC). The Tigers have the nation’s longest active win streak at nine games, while Wake Forest has won 11 straight at home. This is just the third time overall – and first time as ACC opponents – that both teams have been ranked at kickoff. The two previous occurrences came in 1948 (No. 10 Clemson 21, No. 19 Wake Forest 14) and 1950 (No. 16 Clemson 13, No. 17 Wake Forest 12).


Undefeated Duke looks to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2018 when it travels to Kansas on Saturday (Noon/FS1). The Jayhawks are also 3-0. This is the fourth game in a series in which the home team is currently 3-0. Duke QB Riley Leonard is fourth in the ACC, averaging 290.0 total yards of offense.


North Carolina looks to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1997 when the Tar Heels take on Notre Dame at Kenan Stadium Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m./ABC). North Carolina and Notre Dame meet for the 23rd time and for the third consecutive year for the first time since 1958-60.


In the ACC Network prime time game on Saturday evening, Boston College travels to Florida State (8 p.m./ACCN). Florida State has won 10 of the last 11 meetings in this Atlantic Division matchup, including a 26-23 victory at Chestnut Hill late last season.


In other FBS non-conference action, Louisville hosts South Florida (Noon/RSN), No. 25 Miami hosts Middle Tennessee (3:30 p.m./ACCN), No. 12 NC State hosts UConn (7:30 p.m./RSN), and Georgia Tech plays at UCF (4 p.m./ESPNU). No. 24 Pitt hosts FCS opponent Rhode Island (Noon/ACCN).


Clemson’s current nine-game win streak is the longest active streak in the country. Clemson also has the nation’s longest home win streak at 36 games. NC State has the seventh longest active home streak at 12 games and Wake Forest is ninth with 11. Pitt has won seven consecutive road games, which is the second-longest in the country behind Georgia (8).


Five ACC teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 poll (Sept. 11). The five teams are the second-most of any conference. No. 5 Clemson leads the way and is joined by No. 12 NC State, No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 24 Pitt and No. 25 Miami. Florida State, North Carolina and Syracuse also received votes. No. 5 Clemson leads a group of four ACC teams ranked among the top 25 of the USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaches poll. The Tigers are joined by No. 11 NC State, No. 16 Wake Forest and No. 25 Miami. Pitt, Florida State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke also received votes.


NC State's Aydan White was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and Thorpe Award Player of the Week for his performance against Texas Tech. White recorded five tackles (3 solo), including one for loss, one quarterback sack and intercepted two passes in NC State’s 27-14 win over Texas Tech. White returned one of his interceptions 84 yards for a touchdown as the Wolfpack improved to 3-0 with the victory.


Louisville’s Malik Cunningham is sixth in ACC history in total offense and is 505 yards behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for fifth. Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman is 11th and is 401 yards behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence for 10th. Cunningham is also ranked second in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.


Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman ranks tied for seventh in ACC history with 79 touchdowns. Pitt’s Kenny Pickett is sixth with 81.


Conference of Quarterbacks
The ACC leads all conferences with eight starting NFL quarterbacks: Matt Ryan (Boston College) - Indianapolis Colts; Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) - Jacksonville Jaguars; Daniel Jones (Duke) - New York Giants; Jameis Winston (Florida State) - New Orleans Saints; Lamar Jackson (Louisville) - Baltimore Ravens; Jacoby Brissett (NC State) - Cleveland Browns; Russell Wilson (NC State) - Denver Broncos; Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina) - Pittsburgh Steelers


Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec recorded the seventh 300-yard passing game of his BC career with 320 yards on 25-for-37 passing in the win over Maine. He is the 10th QB in BC history to surpass 4,000 career passing yards and the third fastest to do so, having reached the milestone in his 19th game.


Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei completed 17-of-29 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Tigers’ win over Louisiana Tech. He also rushed nine times for a season-high 62 rushing yards, one shy of his career high set in 2021 at NC State. He has now posted consecutive games with a passer rating of 145.0 or better for the first time since his first two career starts as a freshman in 2020.


Duke’s Riley Leonard completed 11-of-12 (.917) passes for 155 yards with 2 TDs in the win over North Carolina A&T. He also rushed five times for 66 yards & two TDs. It was his first career multi-score game.


North Carolina freshman QB Drake Maye leads the nation with 11 passing touchdowns.


NC State’s Devin Leary recorded his 6,000th-yard passing and is only the sixth quarterback in school history to do so. He now has 6,040 yards for his career.


Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader threw for three fourth quarter touchdowns – including a game-winning strike from 25 yards out with seven seconds remaining – to overcome two separate fourth-quarter deficits in a win over Purdue. Shrader threw for 181 yards on 13-of-29 passing, but also was the Orange’s leading rusher with 83 yards on 17 attempts. He saved his best for the fourth quarter, converting a 46-yard touchdown on a fourth-down play, to cap a 75-yard scoring drive to take the lead, also rushing in for the two point conversion to take the lead with 8 minutes to play. He then regained possession with 45 seconds remaining and marched the team 50 yards for the second go-ahead score in the frame.


Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong broke the program’s career passing record with a 17-yard completion to Lavel Davis Jr. in the fourth quarter vs. ODU. He passed Matt Schaub on UVA’s all-time list, who threw for 7,502 from 2000-03. Armstrong accounted for 284 passing yards in the contest and now has 7,504 for his career.


Sam Hartman broke the Wake Forest all-time passing mark, eclipsing Riley Skinner (2006-09) with a five-yard pass to Ke’Shawn Williams in the third quarter against Liberty. He has now thrown for 9,891 career passing yards, moving into the top 10 in ACC history. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native will look to become the 131st player in NCAA history and just the ninth passer in the history of the ACC to eclipse the 10,000-yard passing barrier next week against No. 5 Clemson.


Men's Basketball

The ACC announced its 2022-23 men’s basketball conference schedule on Tuesday. Comprised of 150 games, the ACC’s regular-season conference slate opens Dec. 2 and finishes March 4.


Women's Basketball

The ACC announced its 2022-23 women’s basketball conference schedule on Sept 14. The ACC’s regular-season slate features 135 total games, beginning Nov. 13 and finishing Feb. 26.


Five former Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes became WNBA Champions on Sunday, as the Las Vegas Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun, 78-71, to win the best-of-five WNBA Finals, three games to one. With five former conference student-athletes on the Aces’ championship roster, the ACC boasts the most players of any conference.


Chelsea Gray (Duke), Dearica Hamby (Wake Forest), Aisha Sheppard (Virginia Tech), Riquna Williams (Miami) and Jackie Young (Notre Dame) led the Aces to the first championship in team history. Jasmine Thomas (Duke) plays for the Connecticut Sun. The ACC also led all conferences with six former players in the WNBA Finals.


Young was voted the WNBA's Most Improved Player for 2022.


Cross Country

The reigning NCAA champion NC State women continue to hold the No. 1 spot in the latest USTFCCCA Division I National Coaches’ Poll. The Wolfpack is joined by No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 11 North Carolina. The ACC’s three teams among the top 11 tie for the most of any conference.


The Wolfpack women were the unanimous choice for the No. 1 spot, reeling in all 11 first-place votes.


The ACC leads all conferences with four men’s teams ranked among the top 20 of the USTFCCCA poll. Wake Forest moved up a spot to No. 9 this week and is followed by No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 20 Syracuse.


North Carolina made the biggest jump into the top-15 in Week 2, as it climbed four spots from No. 17 to No. 13 following a winning effort at the Coaching Tree Invitational. The Tar Heels held off a strong charge from top-ranked and defending national champion Northern Arizona and now-No. 17 Georgetown (up six spots) in Bloomington, Indiana. The Tar Heels put three runners in the top 10, led by Will Coogan in fifth place.


The USTFCCCA named UNC’s Brynn Brown its women's National Athlete of the Week on Monday. Brown won the individual title at the Coaching Tree Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana, as she traversed the 6k course at the Sam Bell XC Course in 20:18.6. Brown shared ACC Women’s Performer of the Week honors with NC State’s Sam Bush.


Several marquee meets highlight the action for ACC teams set to compete this weekend, including the annual Battle in Beantown on Friday at Boston’s Franklin Park.


Field Hockey

The ACC continues to lead all conferences with all seven teams ranked among the top 20 of this week’s NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. The ACC's seven teams among the top 25 ties for the most of any league.


North Carolina (7-0), the ACC’s only remaining unbeaten team, picked up 12 first-place votes and remains at No. 2 nationally. Louisville continues to hold the No. 4 spot, and Virginia follows at No. 10. No. 11 Syracuse, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 20 Duke complete the ACC contingent.


Wake Forest, which moved up three spots this week, is currently riding a five-game winning streak that includes an impressive 1-0 road win last Sunday at No. 23 Ohio State. The Demon Deacons’ win over Richmond last Friday was head coach Jen Averill’s 400th at Wake Forest. Averill holds an overall record of 421-252-6 including three National Championships, all coming during her time in Winston-Salem.


The Demon Deacons will put their winning streak on the line Friday when they make the short drive to UNC for a 4 p.m. match at Karen Shelton Stadium. Two other matchups of ranked teams highlight the ACC slate with No. 11 Syracuse at No. 10 Virginia for another 4 p.m. match, while No. 20 Duke welcomes No. 18 Boston College at 6 p.m. on ACC Network.


Men's Soccer

Five ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, including five in the top 10 – both totals are the most of any conference. Wake Forest is the new No. 1 this week and is followed by Syracuse (3), Duke (7), Pitt (8), Clemson (10) and Louisville (25).


ACC teams were unbeaten in midweek matches this week, going 8-0-3 and recording nine clean sheets.


Wake Forest joins Charlotte as the only teams nationally that remain unbeaten and untied. Duke, Syracuse and Wake are among 18 teams nationally that have yet to lose a match this season.


ACC teams are 42-11-8 (.754) in non-conference action, outscoring their opponents 132-50. The win percentage is the best of any conference.


With the win last Friday vs. NC State, Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich became the first ACC men's soccer coach to reach 100 career ACC regular-season wins. He has 100 victories during stints at Wake Forest (76, 1994-2014) and Pitt (24, 2016-present).


Duke and Syracuse are two of four teams nationally to only concede two or fewer goals this season. Four ACC teams rank among the top 25 nationally in goals-against average: Syracuse (2nd, 0.25), Duke (4th, 0.33), Clemson/Wake Forest (T15th, 0.63) and North Carolina (25th, 0.71).


Women's Soccer

In the first NCAA RPI for 2022, released Monday, the ACC has eight teams among the top 20 and 10 in the top 35. Both totals are most of any conference.


Seven ACC teams are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, most of any league: Virginia (2), North Carolina (3), Duke (5), Florida State (7), Clemson (14), Notre Dame (18) and NC State (22).


ACC teams have combined to post a 74-10-18 record (.814 win percentage) against non-ACC opponents. That is the best win percentage of any league.


ACC teams have nearly quadrupled their non-conference opponents on the scoreboard, 246-69.


Three of the nation's top five defenses come from ACC teams. FSU (3rd, 0.286 goals allowed per game), Virginia (T4th, 0.33) and Wake Forest (T4th, 0.333).


Three ACC teams rank among the top 10 nationally in scoring: Pitt (second, 3.67), Florida State (third, 3.57) and Virginia sixth (3.33).


Volleyball

Three ACC teams are ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Poll (Sept. 19). Louisville is No. 2 – its highest ranking of the season – Pitt is No. 10 and Georgia Tech is No. 13.


The ACC leads all conferences this season with 115 non-conference victories.


ACC play, which began Wednesday with Syracuse knocking off Boston College, 3-2, continues with a full slate of action this weekend. Seven matches are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday. The weekend is highlighted by No. 2 Louisville’s visit to Florida State, which will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the second Louisville match in as many weeks that has aired on ESPN and just the fifth regular-season women’s college volleyball match on ESPN in the last 25 years. On Oct. 2, the Georgia Tech-Louisville match will also be on ESPN.


Louisville (7th) and Pitt (10th) have each faced one of the nation’s top-10 most difficult schedules based on past opposition winning percentage. Six of the Cardinals’ 10 opponents this season have been ranked and Louisville’s previous opponents have compiled a 67-28 (.705) record. Pitt’s prior opponents are 71-35 (.670), while North Carolina’s past opponents are 71-42 (.628) – the 25th-most difficult schedule.


Louisville has the nation’s second-longest winning streak against conference opponents. The Cardinals have won 29 consecutive league matches. The last team to beat Louisville was Pitt on Oct. 23, 2020.


After starting the season 0-2, Duke has won nine straight matches, which is the eighth-longest active streak in the country.


Four ACC teams are ranked among the top 30 nationally in hitting percentage - Louisville (11th, .297), Pitt (19th, .283), Florida State (27th, .274) and Boston College (30th, .272).


Duke ranks third nationally with 2.3 aces per set, and Louisville is sixth in the country with 2.97 blocks per set.


Louisville outside hitter Claire Chaussee was named this week’s GameChanger/AVCA National Player of the Week. Chaussee led the Cardinals’ offense in wins at No. 13 Kentucky and at No. 9 Stanford. In the win at Kentucky, Chaussee had 16 kills with just three errors and a .371 hitting percentage. Three days later, the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native had 19 kills with a .310 hitting percentage to knock off Stanford. She averaged 3.9 kills per set and hit .338 for the week.


Two-time ACC Player of the Week Julia Bergmann of Georgia Tech leads the nation in points per set (6.19) and kills per set (5.52). Duke’s Gracie Johnson is fifth in aces per set (0.78).


Florida State’s Chris Poole and North Carolina’s Joe Sagula rank second and third, respectively, in wins among active head coaches. Poole is second in the country with 884 victories, while Sagula is third with 856 wins. Duke’s Jolene Nagel is 13th with 676 victories.

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