This Week in ACC Football


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Week #3 Schedule: (AP/Coaches’ Ranking)



Saturday, Sepember 17

Series Last Meeting

TV Time



West Virginia (2-0) at Maryland (1-1)

Series tied (20-20-2) West Virginia, 19-16 ot,2004

JP/Ray 12:00



25/20 Virginia (1-0) at Syracuse (1-1)

Syracuse (2-1-0) Virginia, 31-10, 2004

ESPN2 12:00



VMI (1-1) at Duke (0-2) Duke (6-1-0)

Duke, 23-0, 1940

1:00



Ohio (1-1) at 4/4 Virginia Tech (2-0) Virginia Tech (2-0-0)

Virginia Tech, 53-21, 1972

ESPNU 3:30



13/13 Miami (0-1) at 20/23 Clemson (2-0)

Miami (4-2-0) Clemson, 24-17 ot, 2004

ABC 3:30



Eastern Kentucky (0-2) at NC State (0-1)

1st meeting 1st meeting

6:00



East Carolina (1-0) at Wake Forest (0-2)

Wake Forest (5-2-0) Wake Forest, 31-17, 2004

6:30



Connecticut (2-0) at 16/16 Georgia Tech (2-0)

Georgia Tech (2-0-0) Georgia Tech, 30-10, 2004

ESPNU 6:45



Wisconsin (2-0) at North Carolina (0-1)

Wisconsin (1-0-0) Wisconsin, 38-27, 2003

ESPN2 7:00



8/8 Fla. State (2-0) at 17/16 Boston College (2-0)

Florida State (2-1-0) Florida State, 41-7, 1980

ESPN 7:45



STANDINGS:


ACC Games Overall
Atlantic Division W L Fr Op Hm  Rd  W L Fr Op Hm  Rd  Nu  Div Streak
Clemson ..........1 0 28 24 0-0 1-0 2 0 53 48 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 Won 3
Florida State ....1 0 10 7  1-0 0-0 2 0 72 17 2-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Won 3
Boston College ...0 0 0  0  0-0 0-0 2 0 64 10 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Won 3
Maryland .........0 1 24 28 0-1 0-0 1 1 47 48 0-1 0-0 1-0 0-1 Lost 1
Wake Forest ......0 0 0  0  0-0 0-0 0 2 23 55 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 Lost 5
NC State .........0 1 16 20 0-1 0-0 0 1 16 20 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 Lost 1

Coastal Division  W L Fr Op Hm  Rd  W L Fr Op Hm  Rd  Nu  Div Streak
Virginia Tech ... 2 0 65 16 0-0 2-0 2 0 65 16 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-0 Won 2
Georgia Tech .... 1 0 27 21 1-0 0-0 2 0 50 35 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 Won 3
Virginia ........ 0 0 0  0  0-0 0-0 1 0 31 19 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Won 1
Miami ........... 0 1 7  10 0-0 0-1 0 1 7  10 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 Lost 1
North Carolina .. 0 1 21 27 0-0 0-1 0 1 21 27 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 Lost 2
Duke ............ 0 1 0  45 0-1 0-0 0 2 21 69 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 Lost 3


ACColades



Two conference matchups, involving four ranked teams, head up a 10-game
schedule in Week Three ... No. 20 Clemson hosts 13th-ranked Miami and No. 8
Florida State visits 17th-ranked Boston College ... ESPN’s Game Day will make
its first ever appearance on the Boston College campus ... led by fourth-ranked
Virginia Tech, seven ACC teams are ranked in both polls ... the ACC is 7-3 in
non-league play, including two wins over ranked opponents ... with four teams in
the top 10 and 10 in the top 50, the ACC is the top-ranked conference in the
Sagarin Computer rankings ... four of the first five league games have been
decided by six points or less, including three by four points or less ...
Maryland’s D’Qwell Jackson is second nationally in tackles per game (17.0) ...
with 353 career victories in 40 seasons Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest
coach in Division I-A history ... Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is third among
active Division I-A coaches with 179 wins ... Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst is
12th on the ACC career passing list (7,545) and 14th in total offense (7,612)
... Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay is 26th among ACC career rushing leaders with
2,965 yards ... Virginia’s Wali Lundy IS 22nd on the league’s career scoring
list with 246 points and Connor Hughes is tied for 24th with 240 points ...
Georgia Tech’s P.J. Daniels has rushed for 100 or more yards in three straight
games ... Clemson’s James Davis is third among freshmen nationally in rushing
yards per game (91.5) ... 14 of the league’s first 15 games have been televised.


TEAM NOTES:



Boston College

The Eagles have won their last three games against AP-ranked opponents ...
QB Quinton Porter has completed 76 percent of his passes (42-of-55) for 438
yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and is ranked 17th nationally in
passing efficiency... LB Brian Toal rushed four times for 13 yards and two
touchdowns and had five tackles in Saturday’s win over Army ... the Eagles have
out-scored their opponents 40-7 in the first half this season ... Will Blackmon
had a 41-yard TD reception against Army and now has scored a touchdown on a
kickoff return, punt return and a reception in his career.



Clemson

Over his last eight games Reggie Merriweather has rushed for 13 touchdowns
...the Tigers have won seven of their last eight games and are 12-1 in their
last 13 home games … senior QB Charlie Whitehurst completed 18 of 22 passes for
178 yards in Saturday’s win at Maryland and moved into 12th on the ACC career
passing list with 7,545 yards … Whitehurst is also 14th among league career
total offense leaders with 7,612 yards ... TB James Davis is fourth in the ACC
and third among freshmen nationally in rushing yards per game, averaging 91.5
yards per game.



Duke

Duke opened its 2005 home schedule with a 45-0 loss to seventh-ranked
Virginia Tech this past weekend ... the Blue Devils will play the second of
three straight games against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia when they
host VMI Saturday ... junior QB Mike Schneider is 100 yards shy of becoming the
11th Duke QB to throw for 3,000 or more yards in his career ... sophomore
linebacker Patrick Bailey has led the team in tackles in each of the first two
games ... sophomore Ronnie Drummer is second in the ACC and 10th nationally in
kickoff returns (33.3).



Florida State

Freshman Drew Weatherford threw for 342 yards and two TDs in Saturday’s
62-10 win over The Citadel ... Weatherford completed 26 of 37 passes with 11
different players catching at least one pass ... three Seminoles - Chris Davis
(9-125), De’Cody Fagg (7-113) and Greg Carr (3-104) - went over the 100-yard
mark in receiving yardage against the Citadel ... backup QB Xavier Lee threw for
143 yards and one TD against the Bulldogs ... with 353 career victories in 40
seasons Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach in Division I-A history
... the Seminoles are 189-21-2 under Bobby Bowden in Doak-Campbell Stadium.



Georgia Tech

QB Reggie Ball threw for a career-high 320 yards and two touchdowns in
Saturtday’s 27-21 win over North Carolina ... Ball is fifth among school career
leaders in passing yardage (4,637) and fourth in total offense (5,391) … Tech is
tied with UAB for the lead nationally with seven interceptions ...the Jackets
are second in the nation in turnover margin at +3.50 per game ... P.J. Daniels
has run for 100 yards or more in three straight games and ranks fifth on Tech's
career rushing list with 2,630 yards ...Travis Bell, a former walk-on, is
20-for-22 on field goals in his career and 36-for-36 on extra-point kicks.



Maryland

In his first two games senior QB Sam Hollenbach has completed 64 percent of
his passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns ... senior LB D’Qwell Jackson is
second nationally in tackles per game (17.0) ... the Terps last three games have
been decided by six points or less ... senior TB Mario Merrills is fifth in the
ACC in rushing yards per game (85.0) ... junior TE Vernon Davis had six
receptions for a career-high 140 yards and one TD in Saturday’s 28-24 loss to
No. 25 Clemson ... Davis has gone over 100-yards in three of his last eight
games and is averaging 16.7 yards per catch in his career.



Miami

The Hurricanes return to action Satuday at No. 20 Clemson (3:30 ABC) ...
Miami has won 20 of its last 25 games against AP-ranked opponents ... sophomore
QB Kyle Wright completed 16-of-28 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown in his
first collegiate start against FSU in the season opener ... junior TB Tyrone
Moss is third in the ACC and 28th nationally in rushing yards per game (102.0)
... sophomore TE Greg Olsen leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in receiving
yards per game (137.0) ... since 1999, Miami has scored more touchdowns (54) on
various returns (punts, kickoffs, fumbles or interceptions) than any team in the
nation.



North Carolina

The Tar Heels opened their 2005 season Saturday with a 27-21 loss at Georgia
Tech ... senior QB Matt Baker threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in his
first collegiate start ... Baker is second in the ACC and 19th nationally in
total offense (289.0) ... senior WR Jarwarski Pollock has caught at least three
passes in 26 of his 36 career games and is tied for third among UNC career
reception leaders (151) and eighth in receiving yardage (1,682) ... Pollock
needs 15 catches and 766 yards to become the school’s career leader in both
statistical categories ... UNC’s first eight opponents are a combined 10-2
(.833).



NC State

The Wolfpack return to action Saturday hosting Ohio Valley foe Eastern
Kentucky ... State has not allowed an opponent to total 300 yards in offense in
five straight games and over that span are allowing only 210.2 yards per game
... over the last three games the Wolfpack have allowed opponents to complete
only 39 percent of their passes (25-of-64) for 291 yards ... QB Jay Davis was
27-of-43 passing for a career-high 311 yards in the season opener against
Virginia Tech ... Davis is 13th on State's career passing yardage list with
2,592 yards and has thrown for 200 yards or more in eight of his last nine
games.



Virginia

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday at Syracuse Saturday (ESPN2, noon)
... over his last two games senior QB Marques Hagans is averaging 244.0 yards
per game in total offense ...Hagans has had eight career games of 200 yards or
more in total offense and has thrown a TD pass in nine of his last 13 games ...
TB Cedric Peerman is first among freshmen nationally and 10th overall in
all-purpose yardage (179.0) ... senior PK Connor Hughes is tied for 24th on the
league career scoring list with 240 points ... senior TB Wali Lundy is 22nd
among ACC career scoring leaders with 246 points ... Lundy is seventh among
active I-A rushers with 2,648 yards.



Virginia Tech

The Hokies held Duke to just 35 total yards on 53 plays in Saturday’s 45-0
win in Durham ... Tech had 10 tackles-for-loss and held the Blue Devils to just
13 yards rushing on 35 attempts ... the Hokies have won eight straight ACC games
and are 6-0 in league road games since joining the ACC in 2004 ... Tech is
ranked fourth in both major polls ... QB Marcus Vick completed 12 of 19 passes
for 172 yards and a career-high three touchdowns against the Blue Devils ...
Virginia Tech has won seven straight ACC games and nine regular season games in
a row … Tech has scored in a school-record 124 straight games.



Wake Forest

In Saturday’s 31-3 loss to Nebraska, the Demon Deacons started four freshmen,
four sophomores, one junior and two seniors on defense ... sophomore tailback
Micah Andrews leads the ACC and is fourth nationally in rushing yards per game
(159.0) ... senior tailback Chris Barclay has nine career 100-yard games and is
26th on the ACC career rushing list with 2,965 yards ... senior P Ryan
Plackemeier is third in the ACC in punting (42.5) and has 48 career punts of 50
or more yards ... freshman PK Sam Swank kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal
against Nebraska.



BY THE NUMBERS:



0 - Clemson has not turned the ball over in their first two games and has a
plus-four turnover margin.



1 - The ACC is the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer ratings.



1. ACC............................ 82.27

2. SEC............................. 78.69

3. Pac-10......................... 78.32

4. Big 12.......................... 77.90

5. Big Ten........................ 77.52



3 - Boston College has won its last three games against AP-ranked opponents ...
three of the Eagles next four opponents are currently ranked - Florida State
(8th), Clemson (20th) and Virginia (25th).



3 - Georgia Tech’s P.J. Daniels has rushed for 100 yards or more in three
straight games ... Daniels leads all ACC running backs with 12 career 100-yard
games.



3 - The ACC has three of the top eight active career rushers in Division I-A.



1. DeAngelo Williams, Memphis...... 4,147

2. DonTrell Moore, N. Mexico.......... 3,808

3. Marion Barber, Minnesota........... 3,276

4. Brad Smith, Missouri................... 3,248

5. Chris Barclay, Wake Forest.......... 2,965

6. Lawrence Maroney, Minnesota... 2,805

7. Wali Lundy, Virginia................... 2,648

8. P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech............ 2,630



4 - Four of the first five ACC games have been decided by six points or less,
including three by four or fewer points.



6 - Virginia Tech is 6-0 in league road games since joining the league in 2004.



7 - Georgia Tech is tied with UAB for the lead nationally among Division I-A
schools with seven interceptions.



11.8 - Florida State is second nationally in tackles for losses, averaging 11.8
TFLs per game ... Nebraska leads at 16.0 TFLs per contest.



14 - 14 of the league’s first 15 games have been televised.



17.0 - Maryland’s D’Qwell Jackson leads the ACC and is second nationally in
tackles per game (17.0).



17.5 - Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson is averaging 17.5 yards per reception in
his career ... the 6-4, 225-pound sophomore has 1,017 yards on 58 career
receptions.



20 - Miami is 20-5 in their last 25 games against AP-ranked opponents.



35 - Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay is 35 yards shy of becoming the 25th player in
ACC history to rush for 3,000 yards or more in his career.



54 - Since 1999, Miami has scored more touchdowns (54) on various returns
(punts, kickoffs, fumbles or interceptions) than any team in the nation.



210.2 - NC State has not allowed an opponent to total 300 yards in offense in
five straight games and over that span are allowing only 210.2 yards per game.



531 - Career punt return yardage of Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans which
still ranks 13th among active Division I-A players in career punt return
yardage.



GAME PREVIEWS:



Saturday, September 17

West Virginia (2-0, 1-0 Big East)

at Maryland (1-1, 0-1 ACC)

JP/Raycom; 12:00 pm

Byrd Stadium (51,500)



THE GAME: West Virginia travels to Maryland as the two teams square off for the
43rd time overall in the JP/Raycom ACC Game of the Week...the series is tied
20-20-2 while both teams hold identical records at home with a mark of
11-9-1...the Terrapins have won three in a row at home and four of their last
five at Byrd Stadium...head coach Ralph Friedgen is 3-1 against West
Virginia...Maryland has posted a margin of victory of 24.7 in its 11 home
victories as opposed to the Mountaineers who have won by 10.6 points per game in
nine victories...LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Chris Henry caught a seven-yard
scoring pass from Rasheed Marshall to lift West Virginia to a 19-16 home
overtime win...both teams ran the ball well as West Virginia held the advantage
220-187...Nick Novak connected on three FGs including a 33-yarder in the first
overtime...the Mountaineers forced five Terrapin turnovers in the win...THE
COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 37-15-0 in his fifth season at Maryland...Rich
Rodriguez is 30-21-0 in his fifth season at West Virginia and 74-57-2 in 13
years overall.



Saturday, September 17

#25 Virginia (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

at Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Big East)

ESPN2; 12:00 pm

Carrier Dome (49,262)



THE GAME: Virginia travels to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse in a nationally
televised game at 12:00 pm on ESPN2...the Orange leads the all-time series 2-1-0
as Syracuse won the first two meetings before Virginia’s win in Charlottesville
last year...Syracuse is 1-0 on its home turf winning the only other meeting, 6-3
in 1977...the Cavaliers have been ranked in the AP poll for 18 straight weeks
dating back to the 2004 preseason poll...under Al Groh, Virginia is 5-2-0 when
coming off a bye-week...LAST TIME OUT: Last year, the Cavaliers concluded a
perfect non-conference season with a 31-10 win over Syracuse at Scott Stadium...QB
Marques Hagans led the Cavalier offense with two TD runs of 59 and 10 yards and
a TD pass as he was 11 of 12 passing for 202 yards...after the Orange took an
early 3-0 lead, UVa answered with 21 straight points to take a 21-3 halftime
lead...TB Wali Lundy tallied 80 yards on the ground on 18 carries...THE COACHES:
Al Groh is 31-21-0 in his fifth season at Virginia and 57-61-0 in 11 years
overall...Greg Robinson is 1-1 in his first season at Syracuse.Saturday,
September 17



VMI (1-1, 0-0 Big South)

at Duke (0-2, 0-1 ACC)

1:00 pm

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)



THE GAME: For the first time since 1940 and just the eighth meeting overall,
Duke hosts Virginia Military Institute on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm...the
Blue Devils lead the all-time series 6-1-0 including a string of six straight
victories after VMI won the series opener back in 1892...Duke is 2-0-0 on its
home turf outscoring VMI 36-0 during that span...in the seven previous games, a
combined five shutouts have been posted including four by Duke and one by VMI...in
the six wins, the Blue Devils have tallied 183 points while the Duke defense has
limited the Keydets to just 13...VMI is the only current member of the Big South
Conference that Duke has faced...VMI snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 33-0
win over Davidson to open the 2005 season...it was the first shutout registered
by the Keydets since a 14-0 win back in 1982...LAST TIME OUT: In 1940, Duke
tallied a 23-0 win over VMI in Durham...Duke’s second shutout at home vs. VMI
and fourth all-time in the series...THE COACHES: Ted Roof is 4-14-0 in his third
season at Duke...Cal McCombs is 17-53 entering his seventh season at VMI.



Saturday, September 17

Ohio (1-1, 0-0 MAC)

at #4 Virginia Tech (2-0, 2-0 ACC)

ESPNU; 3:30 pm

Lane Stadium (66,233)



THE GAME: Virginia Tech opens its 2005 home schedule as it welcomes Ohio to the
friendly confines of Lane Stadium for a 3:30 pm kickoff on ESPNU...under head
coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies are 16-2 in home openers including a streak of
nine straight victories...Virginia Tech leads the overall series 2-0-0 including
a 1-0 mark at home, winning the first-ever game in the series 37-29 in
Blacksburg...the Hokies have started the season with consecutive victores in 10
of the last 12 years and have started 3-0-0 in eight of the last nine...the
Bobcats finished the 2004 season with a 4-7 ledger placing in a tie for fifth in
the MAC’s east division...Ohio is coming off a Friday night, upset victory at
home downing Pittsburgh 16-10 in overtime...the Hokies gave up just 35 yards of
total offense to Duke last week...LAST TIME OUT: Both teams last squared-off in
Ohio as Virginia Tech posted a 53-21 win back in 1972...THE COACHES: Frank
Beamer is 137-77-2 in his 19th season at Virginia Tech and 179-100-4 in 25 years
combined...Frank Solich is 1-1 in his first season at Ohio and 59-20 in seven
seasons combined.



Saturday, September 17

#13 Miami (0-1, 0-1 ACC)

at #20 Clemson (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

ABC; 3:30 pm

Memorial Stadium (81,473)



THE GAME: In this the seventh meeting between Miami and Clemson, the Tigers will
welcome the Hurricanes to Memorial Stadium for the first-time ever...Miami leads
the all-time series 4-2-0...both teams find themselves ranked for the third time
in the series...Clemson is 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2001
and is looking to go 3-0 for only the eighth time since 1953...a 31-8 loss to
UCLA in 1995 marked the last time Miami began a season 0-1...not since the Lou
Saban era back in 1978 have the Hurricanes started a season 0-2...LAST TIME OUT:
Last year, Clemson defeated Miami 24-17 in overtime...after UM took a 17-3
halftime lead, Clemson scored 21 unanswered points and held the Canes scoreless
in the second half to upset Miami...the win was Clemson’s third over a top-10
team in the past three seasons while improving to 5-0 all-time in OT
games...Reggie Merriweather rushed for 114 yards and three TDs including the
game-winner in OT...Frank Gore rushed for 105 yards and two TDs...THE COACHES:
Larry Coker is 44-7-0 in his fifth season at Miami...Tommy Bowden is 46-29-0 in
seven years at Clemson and 64-33-0 in nine seasons combined.



Saturday, September 17

Eastern Kentucky (0-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

at NC State (0-1, 0-1 ACC)

6:00 pm

Carter-Finley Stadium (57,500)



THE GAME: NC State and Eastern Kentucky square-off for the first-time ever as
the Wolfpack welcome the Colonels to Carter-Finley Stadium for a 6:00 pm
kickoff...NC State had won 17 consective home non-conference games prior to last
season’s 22-14 loss to then-No. 9 Ohio State...under Chuck Amato, the Wolfpack
are 19-3-0 against non-conference foes...since 1996, NC State has posted a mark
of 17-2 in home non-conference games...entering Saturday’s game against the
Colonels, the Wolfpack have dropped four straight games at home dating back to a
October 23, 2004 game vs. Miami...since 1953, NC State has registered a record
of 4-11 in games following a season-opening loss...NC State has accumulated the
most blocked kicks (35) since 2000 including 10 in 2002 when the Wolfpack
blocked eight punts, one FG and one PAT...LAST TIME OUT: This is the first
meeting between NC State and Eastern Kentucky...THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is
39-24-0 in his sixth season at NC State...Danny Hope is 6-7-0 in two seasons
with Eastern Kentucky.



Saturday, September 17

East Carolina (1-0, 0-0 CUSA)

at Wake Forest (0-2, 0-0 ACC)

6:30 pm

Groves Stadium (31,500)




THE GAME: In the fifth consecutive meeting between these two teams, East
Carolina travels to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest at Groves Stadium in a
game slated to start at 6:30 pm...the Demon Deacons lead the all-time series
5-2-0 and are perfect at home in three meetings...Wake Forest has won four
straight in the series with a margin of victory totaling less than 10 points a
game during that four-game span (9.8)...in the seven prior meetings, the winner
has scored 20 points or more in each game, an average of 25.9 points per
contest...LAST TIME OUT: Last year, behind a career outing by QB Cory Randolph,
Wake Forest downed East Carolina 31-17...Randolph became the first Wake and
third ACC player ever to total more than 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing
in a game...WR Nate Morton made five catches for a career-high 142 yards, while
the Deacs accumulated 584 yards of total offense, the most since 1979...THE
COACHES: Jim Grobe is 22-27-0 in five seasons at Wake Forest and 55-60-1 in 11
seasons combined...Skip Holtz is 1-0 in his first season at East Carolina and
35-23-0 in six years overall.



Saturday, September 17

Connecticut (2-0, 0-0 Big East)

at #16 Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

ESPNU; 6:45 pm

Bobby Dodd Stadium (53,800)



THE GAME: Georgia Tech and Connecticut will battle it out under the lights of
Bobby Dodd Stadium in a game shown on ESPNU at 6:45 pm...the Yellow Jackets are
2-0-0 lifetime against the Huskies and unbeaten in the only meeting in Atlanta
last year...in the two games against Connecticut, Georgia Tech has outscored the
Huskies 61-24...a win by the Jackets this weekend will run their record to 3-0
for the first time since 2001 and for just the third time in the last 15
years...the No. 16 ranking in the AP poll marks the highest ranking under the
tutelage of Chan Gailey...LAST TIME OUT: Last year, QB Reggie Ball passed for a
career-high 288 yards and two TDs and the Yellow Jacket special teams blocked a
pair of punts to back another strong effort by the GT defense, as the Jackets
posted a 30-10 victory over Connecticut...PK Travis Bell connected on three FGs
(27, 34, 29), while the Huskies were limited to just 20 yards rushing on 24
carries...THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 23-17-0 in his fourth season at Georgia
Tech and 47-28-0 in seven seasons combined...Randy Edsall is 34-37-0 in his
seventh season at Connecticut.



Saturday, September 17

Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 Big 10)

at North Carolina (0-1, 0-1 ACC)

ESPN2; 7:00 pm

Kenan Stadium (60,000)




THE GAME: North Carolina and Wisconsin will face-off for just the second time on
the gridiron in a game shown nationally on ESPN2 at 7:00 pm...the Tar Heels
welcome the Badgers to Kenan Stadium for their first-ever visit...Wisconsin won
the only other meeting between the two teams back in 2003...the game marks the
home opener for the Tar Heels, who have posted a record of 2-2 under head coach
John Bunting...over the last four years, North Carolina is 7-10 against
non-conference opponents...five of the last eight games played by North Carolina
have been decided by seven points or less with UNC winning four of the
eight...LAST TIME OUT: In 2003, Wisconsin defeated North Carolina 38-27 in
Madison, Wisc.,...Booker Stanley rushed for three TDs en route to a game-high
119 yards on the ground to pace the Badgers...for UNC, Jarwarski Pollock made
five catches for 67 yards and Michael Waddell took the opening kickoff 97 yards
for a TD giving the Heels an early 7-0 lead...THE COACHES: John Bunting is
19-31-0 in his fifth season at North Carolina and 57-45-2 in ten years
combined...Barry Alvarez is 110-70-4 in his 16th season at Wisconsin.



Saturday, September 17

#8 Florida State (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

at #17 Boston College (2-0, 0-0 ACC)

ESPN; 7:45 pm

Alumni Stadium (44,500)




THE GAME: ESPN’s College Game Day will make its first appearance on the Boston
College campus this Saturday, as the Eagles play their inaugural ACC football
game against Florida State on ESPN at 7:45 pm...the Seminoles lead the all-time
series 2-1-0, as each team has split a pair in the two games played at Alumni
Stadium...Bobby Bowden returns to the spot where he notched his first road
victory as a head coach back in 1976...both defenses have allowed just 10 points
through the first two games...Boston College has outscored its opponents 40-7 in
the first half while Florida State has not allowed the opposition to score in
the second half this year...LAST TIME OUT: In 1980, Florida State posted a 41-7
victory over Boston College in the Eagles only trip to Tallahassee...PK Bill
Capece made four FGs and LB Ron Hester returned a block punt for a TD as FSU ran
out to an early 20-0 lead...BC’s only TD came on an 83-yard INT return by DB
Rich Dyer......THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 280-70-4 in his 30th season at
Florida State and 353-102-4 in his 40th season overall...Tom O’Brien is 59-39-0
in his ninth year at Boston College.

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