Inside the ACC

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 25, 2013 

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UNC's Sean Tapley (6) picks up a 11-yards and a first down on a pass reception from Marquise Williams in the second quarter on Saturday October 5, 2013 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Three to watch

1) N.C. State at No. 3 Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (WTVD)

Florida State (6-0) has won its past two ACC games, both against top 25 teams, by a combined score of 114 to 14. N.C. State (3-3) has won four straight against FSU when the Seminoles are ranked.

2) Duke at No. 16 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Blue Devils (5-2) seek their first road win against a ranked opponent since 1971. The Hokies (6-1) are on a six-game winning streak and have not lost to Duke since joining the ACC.

3) Boston College at UNC, 3:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Carolinas)

To reach a bowl game, the Tar Heels (1-5) need to flip their record in the second half of the season. The Eagles (3-3) can see the finish line for their first bowl game since 2010 with FSU and Clemson already in their rearview mirror.

Observations

•  This is the definition of a “reload the musket” game for UNC (1-5). The Tar Heels played with a world of emotion in a 27-23 loss to Miami on “Zero Dark Thursday.”

The Heels can’t afford to come out flat against Boston College (3-3), which should be fresh coming off an open date and retroactively confident based on the way it played against Florida State on Sept. 28.

•  Clemson (6-1) should be sufficiently embarrassed after a 37-point home loss. The Tigers still have a spot in BCS bowl (opposite the SEC in the Sugar?) to play for.

The wheels have completely fallen off Maryland’s season, again. The Terps (5-2) lost their top two playmakers, receiver Stefon Diggs and receiver Deon Long, for the season with injuries in last week’s loss at Wake.

•  Georgia Tech (4-3) got a free ride last week against Syracuse, which was helplessly lost against the option in a 56-0 rout. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will have Virginia (2-5) prepared for the Yellow Jackets today while Pitt (4-2), next week’s opponent, gets a preview of the option with a trip to Navy on Saturday.

Number to know

1991 The last time both Miami and Florida State started the season 6-0. The Hurricanes went on to win the AP national title.

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