- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 18, 2012

VIRGINIA TECH (4-3, 2-1 ACC) at No. 14 CLEMSON (5-1, 2-1)

When: Noon 

Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C.

TV/radio: Chs. 7, 2, 106.7 FM

Outlook: Clemson leads series 19-12-1 and won both meetings last season, including 38-10 in the ACC title game. The Hokies salvaged some pride — and any realistic ACC title hopes they still harbor — by erasing a 20-0 deficit against Duke last week. Of course, they must still deal with Atlantic Division titans Clemson and Florida State over their next three games. The Tigers are coming off a bye week and are led by ACC player of the year contender DeAndre Hopkins, who ranks third in the nation in receiving yards per game (129.5). Meanwhile, the Hokies are third in the ACC in both pass defense and pass efficiency defense.

WAKE FOREST (3-3, 1-3 ACC) at VIRGINIA (2-5, 0-3)

When: 12:30

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

TV/radio: Chs. 5, 13, 570, AM

Outlook: Virginia leads series 34-13, though Wake Forest won the last meeting 28-17 in 2008. An increasingly miserable season could grow worse for the Cavaliers, who have dropped five straight and would match their longest losing streak since 1981 with a setback against the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest has dropped 11 of its last 12 trips to Charlottesville, a stretch dating back to 1982. The Cavaliers are coming off a solid day on the ground against Maryland, and tailback Kevin Parks ranks fifth in the ACC with 67.9 rushing yards per game. Many of Virginia’s problems are self-created; it is ranked next-to-last nationally in turnover margin and 11th in the 12-team ACC in fewest penalties.

N.C. STATE (4-2, 1-1 ACC) at MARYLAND (4-2, 2-0)

When: 3:30

Where: Byrd Stadium

TV/radio: ESPNU, 980 AM

Outlook: Series tied 32-32-4, and the home team has won six of the last seven meetings. Maryland, the lone remaining unbeaten in ACC play, is seeking only its second 3-0 start in league play since 1986. Defensive end Joe Vellano leads the ACC in tackles for loss with 11, while Stefon Diggs paces the league in all-purpose yards with 168.8 yards per game. The Wolfpack has lost 16 consecutive Atlantic Division road games dating back to a November 2005 victory at Florida State, and is 0-13 in Atlantic road games under coach Tom O’Brien. N.C. State leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally with 8.17 tackles for loss per game, while the Terps are last in the league sacks allowed per game (3.5).

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