- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2012

GEORGIA TECH (3-5, 2-3 ACC) at MARYLAND (4-4, 2-2)

When: 12:30

Where: Byrd Stadium

TV/radio: Chs. 5, 13, 980 AM

Outlook: Georgia Tech leads series 14-6 and won last year’s meeting in Atlanta 21-16. For the purposes of bowl eligibility, this could function as an elimination game of sorts. The Yellow Jackets would be in rough shape to reach the postseason with six losses and Georgia still to come, while the Terrapins would need two victories against Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina — and without a scholarship quarterback, no less. Terps wideout Stefon Diggs needs 29 yards to pass Darrius Heyward-Bey (2006) as the top freshman receiver in school history. Defensive end Joe Vellano has 14 tackles for loss on the season, tied for sixth in the country as a raw number and tied for ninth nationally on a per-game basis.

VIRGINIA (2-6, 0-4 ACC) at N.C. STATE (5-3, 2-2)

When: 12:30

Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.

Radio: 570 AM

Outlook: N.C. State leads series 34-21-1 and won last year’s meeting in Charlottesville 28-14. The Cavaliers must win out to secure postseason eligibility for the second straight season, though a bye week probably didn’t provide Virginia time to fix everything that’s led to a six-game losing streak. The Cavaliers’ awful turnover margin (minus-16) is a product of both a generous offense (only five teams nationally have more giveaways) and a defense with an FBS-low four takeaways. N.C. State, which fell at North Carolina last week, is 10-1 over the last three seasons when coming off a loss.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC (2-6) at NAVY (5-3)

When: 3:30

Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, 1500 AM, 1050 AM

Outlook: First meeting. Navy can become bowl eligible for the ninth time in 10 years with a victory over the Owls. It’s been an exceptional season for Gee Gee Greene, who leads Navy in rushing with 511 yards and is averaging 7.3 yards a carry. The Mids rolled up 512 rushing yards last week against East Carolina, the eighth most in school history and now rank sixth in the country in rushing offense. Florida Atlantic has lost 14 consecutive road games dating back to 2010, including five under first-year coach Carl Pelini. Navy is 5-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt, with all of those games played since 2007.