Inside the ACC: Another Atlanta trip for UNC and Duke gets a new foe

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Observations

• Two graduate transfers started in the season-opener for ACC teams: Brandon Mitchell at N.C. State and Drew Allen at Syracuse. Mitchell, who transferred from Arkansas, injured his foot in the first half of the first game and has missed the past two games and is expected to miss at least two more.

Allen, who transferred from Oklahoma, lost his job last week after Terrel Hunt led the Orange on five consecutive scoring drives in a 54-0 win over Wagner.

• You figure Army (1-2) doesn’t have much left for Wake Forest in West Point, N.Y. after pushing No. 5 Stanford last week.

Wake (1-2) could use any advantage it can get, especially on offense. The Demon Deacons rank 115th nationally in rushing (86.3 yards per game) and 100th in scoring (20 points per game) after consecutive losses to Boston College and Louisiana-Monroe.

• Great day for the ACC in the state of Florida. The Seminoles (2-0) host Bethune-Cookman and Miami (2-0) faces Savannah State. Meanwhile in Gainesville, the Gators host Tennessee. Even without Peyton Manning or Steve Spurrier to spice it up, that game is a thousand times more interesting than what FSU and Miami have going on.

Three to watch

1) UNC at Georgia Tech, noon (ESPN)

Even Michael Jordan struggled in a UNC uniform in Atlanta. Larry Fedora makes his first trip to Georgia Tech with the Tar Heels (1-1), who gave up 68 points to the Yellow Jackets (2-0) last season.

2) West Virginia vs. Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

This rivalry is completely flipped on its ear with the resurgent Terps (3-0) as a 5.5-point favorite over the struggling Mountaineers (2-1), who have won six straight in the series going back to 2004.

3) Pittsburgh at Duke, 12:30 p.m. (WRAL)

The Panthers (1-1) can only hope their first ACC road game goes better than their first ACC home game (a 41-13 loss to Florida State). The Blue Devils (2-1) need to get their offense back on track.

Number to know

7 Of the past nine games in Atlanta between UNC and Georgia Tech, the game has been decided by seven points or less seven times. The Yellow Jackets have won six of those close games.

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