College football: D.C. area Week 6 preview

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NAVY (1-3) at AIR FORCE (2-2)

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colo.

TV/radio: Chs. 9, 13, 1500 AM, 1050 AM

Outlook: Air Force leads series 27-17 and has won the last two meetings. The Midshipmen are off to their worst start since 2002 and must tangle with the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense (396.3 yards per game). Air Force running back Cody Getz ranks second in the country with 170.8 rushing yards per game and is coming off a 222-yard outing in a defeat of Colorado State. Navy sophomore Pablo Beltran is averaging 47.2 yards per punt and would rank fourth nationally if he met the qualifying threshold (3.6 attempts per game). The winner of this annual game has gone on to win the Commander In Chief’s Trophy for 15 straight years.

VIRGINIA TECH (3-2, 1-0 ACC) at NORTH CAROLINA (3-2, 0-1)

When: 12:30

Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV/radio: Chs. 5, 45, 106.7 FM

Outlook: Virginia Tech leads series 18-10-6 and has won seven of eight meetings since joining the ACC in 2004. It’s a rare day for the Hokies, who are underdogs against a Coastal Division team for the first time since early in the 2009 season. Slow starts have bedeviled Virginia Tech, which has only 14 first-quarter points in five games to date. Quarterback Bryn Renner has thrown for 14 touchdowns and four interceptions for the Tar Heels, who lost their ACC opener to Wake Forest last month. The Hokies are 31-5 against Coastal teams since divisional play began in 2005, including 12 straight victories.

VIRGINIA (2-3, 0-1 ACC) at DUKE (4-1, 1-0)

When: 3

Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, N.C.

TV/radio: CSN, 570 AM

Outlook: Virginia leads series 33-30 and won last year’s meeting 31-21 to snap a three-game losing streak to the Blue Devils. Little is going right for the Cavaliers, who have dropped three straight and rank 96th (out of 120) nationally in fewest penalty yards, 110th in sacks, 116th in turnover margin and 118th in tackles for loss. This is a vital week for the Cavaliers’ postseason hopes. Only one team in Virginia history has recovered from a 2-4 start to finish with a winning record (1988), and even that team didn’t reach a bowl game. Duke is off to its best start since 1994 and is seeking its first four-game winning streak since opening that season with seven straight victories.

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

When: 3:30

Where: Byrd Stadium

TV/radio: ESPNU, 980 AM

Outlook: Maryland leads series 42-17-1, and the home team has won the last five meetings. The Terrapins come out of their bye week relatively healthy. The same cannot be said for the Demon Deacons, who lost wideout Michael Campanaro (38 receptions, 429 yards) last week to a broken hand. Maryland freshman Stefon Diggs ranks second in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game (160.5), while senior defensive end Joe Vellano is second in the league in tackles for loss per game (1.63) and ranks 14th in school history with 24.5 TFL for his career. Maryland has won four straight conference openers, its longest such streak since 1981-85.

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