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Week 3 ACC Game(s) of the Week

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The ACC is still celebrating yesterday’s news that Notre Dame will join the conference, but there is still football to be played this weekend. All 12 ACC teams are getting ready for games on Saturday, and there are a few games you simply don’t want to miss. ACC fans will sit down on Saturday and watch the conference’s four marquis games this weekend.

Wake Forest vs. 5 Florida State, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN

Both of these teams are 2-0 heading into this one. Wake Forest started the season with a shaky win over Liberty and followed that up with an upset of North Carolina. Florida State has beaten inferior opponents Murray State and Savannah State to start the season. This is FSU’s ACC opener and it comes against a team that beat them last year.

The Demon Deacons upset the Seminoles35-30 last season effectively assuring that Florida State wouldn’t win the Atlantic Division. Florida State is looking for revenge and this game is in Doak-Campbell Stadium.

Connecticut vs. Maryland, 12:30 PM ET, ESPN3

This game is being called the Edsall Bowl because Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is playing his former team in the Huskies. The way Edsall left UConn was an embarrassment, and the Huskies have all the motivation in the world to give the Terrapins their first loss of this young season.

This will be a tight game with a lot of emotion. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few personal fouls were called. Maryland is coming off a surprising win over Temple and UConn is coming off a heartbreaking loss against NC State. This one will be good.

Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 PM ET, ESPN U

The Cavaliers were the first team to beat Georgia Tech last season, but UVa had a bye week prior to the game to get ready for the triple option. That isn’t the case this year. Virginia is coming off an ugly one-point win over Penn State. Georgia Tech just had two games in one week. The Yellow Jackets lost to Virginia Tech and then blew out Presbyterian.

Georgia Tech can’t lose this game if they are to have any chance at winning the Coastal Division. Virginia is in the same boat; they don’t want to start ACC play with a 0-1 record.

North Carolina vs. 21 Louisville, 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN 2

The Cardinals recorded a nice win over Kentucky last week, and North Carolina lost to Wake Forest in a small upset. UNC is a very talented group that dismantled Elon in the season opener, but they didn’t look as good against the Demon Deacons.

Louisville is the only Big East team currently ranked in the top 25. The Cardinals are carrying the banner for their conference and UNC is trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss.

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Phantom Offsides Penalty Costs North Carolina

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All season long, we’ve been hearing about how bad the officiating has been in the NFL. On Saturday night, we saw how much damage bad calls can do in college football as well.

During the ACC title game, the North Carolina Tar Heels were making one final push to steal the crown from the Clemson Tigers. After scoring a quick touchdown in the waning minutes of the game, the Tar Heels lined up for an onside kick — and recovered it after a few Tigers mishandled the ball. However, a flag came flying in for an offsides penalty. The only problem was that no Tar Heel was offsides.

Just look for yourself:

Am I missing something, or were there zero Tar Heels offsides on that play?

The closest player was still about two yards from the line. Obviously a recovery wouldn’t have guaranteed a North Carolina touchdown, but it certainly kept them from getting the opportunity they earned.

The Tigers recovered the next onside kick, and ran out the clock, securing the ACC crown and a spot in the 2015 College Football Playoff.

The ACC title came down to a phantom offsides call that cost North Carolina big.

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