What To Watch For: ACC Football, Week Four

By Joe Giglio
Melina Vastola – USPRESSWIRE

With three weeks of college football in the books, fans can settle into routines of tailgating, road trips, and hopefully, solid play out of their favorite team. Here’s a look at the story lines, match-ups, and players to keep an on eye this week.

What To Watch For edition of Laces Out, ACC football style.


Bowling Green Falcons (1-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1): Two teams that have struggled offensively. VT is ranked 89th in country on offense, Bowling Green 95th. With the Hokies looking to bounce back from their surprising loss to Pittsburgh, look for their offense to get on track.

Maryland Terrapins (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0): West Virginia’s Geno Smith is completing 88 percent of his passes. Maryland’s defense is allowing less than 125 yards per game through the air. Something has to give in Morgantown.

Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (2-0): TCU is 79-2 under Gary Patterson when holding opponents to 17 points or fewer. Can the Cavaliers mediocre offense get above that number?

Army Black Knights (0-2) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-1): Can Wake bounce back after a 52-0 beating at the hands of Florida State. More importantly, can they stop a rushing attack that had three players rush for over 100 yards last week?

Miami Hurricanes (2-1) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1): A shootout. Both teams can run the football for big gains. GT does it by committee, Miami leans on Duke Johnson. Whichever team can rip off more big, scoring runs will walk out with the ACC victory.

East Carolina Pirates (2-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2): Turnovers. East Carolina out-gained and had more first downs than North Carolina in last year’s battle. They lost because of the turnover battle (East Carolina 4, North Carolina 0). Protecting the football is the key.

Memphis Tigers (0-3) at Duke Blue Devils (2-1): Sean Renfree takes the best completion percentage in program history (64.1) into a game against a poor defense.

Citadel Bulldogs (3-0) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-1): The Citadel will be trying to avoid a lifetime 0-28 record against ACC opponents. Meanwhile, North Carolina State will get to play against a Georgia Tech-lite offense that runs the triple option.

Clemson Tigers (3-0) at Florida State Seminoles (3-0): Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel said that the team has run less than five percent of it’s playbook thus far. Considering the level of opponents during the first three weeks, that’s not surprising. Will they be ready to crank it up to keep up with Clemson?


Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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