ACC

Games to watch

Inside the ACC

3 to watch

1. No. 12 UNC at Virginia Tech, noon (ESPN): Coach Frank Beamer’s last home game after 29 years at Virginia Tech (5-5) is important one for the Hokies’ bowl hopes and the playoff chances for the Tar Heels (9-1).

2. Boston College vs. No. 5 Notre Dame, 7:30 (NBCSN): The Eagles (3-7) have lost six straight but should be fired up for a “road” game at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Fighting Irish (9-1) can’t afford any more losses if they want to remain in the College Football Playoff race.

3. Syracuse at N.C. State, 12:30 (WRAL): The Wolfpack (6-4) needed a defensive touchdown last year at Syracuse to save its season. The Orange (3-7) have been feisty but have lost seven straight.

Observations

▪  Duke coach David Cutcliffe has more wins over Virginia (six) than any other ACC team. The Cavaliers (3-7) have lost three straight to the Blue Devils and two of the last three in Charlottesville, Va.

Sixth-year UVA coach Mike London is trying to hang onto his job. Since a 56-14 loss to Boise State on Sept. 25, the Cavs have been competitive at home, with wins over Syracuse and Georgia Tech.

Former N.C. State coach, and former Virginia assistant, Tom O’Brien will work the ESPN3 broadcast of the game.

▪  Virginia Tech is 9-2 against North Carolina since joining the ACC and the Hokies have won four of five in Blacksburg. But Virginia Tech hasn’t faced a UNC team with this much firepower on offense.

The Tar Heels are averaging 44.2 points per ACC game, almost 20 more than Virginia Tech (25.5). UNC has scored 125 points in the past two games. Virginia Tech hasn’t scored more than 28 points in regulation in an ACC game this season.

Emotion from Beamer’s last home game will only help the Hokies’ so much.

▪  To be honest, Boston College is probably not good enough on offense to beat Notre Dame but the Eagles have a history of spoiling potential championship seasons (1993 and 2002 spring to mind) for the Fighting Irish, who are No. 4 in this week’s CFP rankings.

Coming off an open date on their schedule, the Eagles will be a handful for Notre Dame, which is in a beauty contest with the Big XII for the last playoff spot.

Number to know

136-42-1 Frank Beamer’s career record at Lane Stadium, including a 107-27 mark since the start of the 1995 season.

Top 25 schedule

Saturday’s games

No. 1 Clemson vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Michigan State, 3:30 p.m.

No. 3 Alabama vs. Charleston Southern, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Baylor, 7:30 p.m.

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. Boston College, 7:30 p.m.

No. 6 Iowa vs. Purdue, 12 p.m.

No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 TCU, 8 p.m.

No. 8 Florida vs. Florida Atlantic, 12 p.m.

No. 12 UNC at Virginia Tech, 12 p.m.

No. 13 Houston at Connecticut, 3:30 p.m.

No. 14 Michigan at Penn State, 12 p.m.

No. 15 Stanford vs. California, 10:30 p.m.

No. 16 Florida State vs. Chattanooga, 3 p.m.

No. 17 LSU at No. 25 Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m.

No. 19 Utah vs. UCLA, 3:30 p.m.

No. 20 Northwestern at No. 21 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.

No. 22 Southern California at No. 23 Oregon, 3:30 p.m.

No. 24 Washington State vs. Colorado, 10:45 p.m.

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