Just 15 more ACC regular season games (plus two more for Navy) to go. All games Saturday unless otherwise noted …
* North Carolina at Virginia Tech (Thursday, 8, ESPN): Hokies 31-20. The first part of the seemingly annual Virginia Tech division clinch goes down tonight in Blacksburg. North Carolina’s lost three of four since a 5-1 start, and a trip to Lane Stadium isn’t the antidote to that slide. The Hokies will be the big winner tonight, but Wake Forest will also watch intently; a Carolina loss combined with a Wake win over Maryland means the Deacons cannot slide past the Tar Heels in the ACC’s bowl selection order.
* Georgia Tech at Duke (12:30, ACC Network): Yellow Jackets 38-21. Here’s a question for Georgia Tech fans: How did 5-3 in the conference —- with a victory over Clemson —- sound just three months ago? Probably not all that bad. Despite three losses in the last four games, Georgia Tech has enjoyed a solid bounceback season. It will leave Durham with its hopes of a 10-win season intact while Duke clinches a share of the Coastal Division basement.
* Maryland at Wake Forest (3, CSN): Demon Deacons 34-17. After five straight double-digit losses, it would take a remarkable leap of faith to pick Maryland to win. Wake Forest, meanwhile, has suffered three straight setbacks but can still clinch bowl eligibility with a victory. Look for the Demon Deacons to do just that, probably by racing to an early lead and then comfortably withstanding Maryland’s fourth-quarter rally.
* Clemson at N.C. State (3:30, ABC regional/ESPN): Tigers 31-13. If the Wolfpack couldn’t beat Clemson with Russell Wilson, how exactly after they supposed to beat a better Clemson team without Wilson (or, really, much of an offense at all). Consider: N.C. State has 23 points over its last three games. Clemson has scored at least 23 points in all but one of its 10 games this season.
* Miami at South Florida (3:30, ESPNU): Hurricanes 21-20. Somebody’s leaving with bowl eligibility. Flip a coin as to which middle-of-the-road team does.
* Boston College at Notre Dame (4, NBC): Fighting Irish 35-10. The Eagles have won two of three and have avoided the fate potentially facing Maryland: A 10-loss season. That doesn’t mean all is well in Chestnut Hill. Nor does it mean Boston College will fare well in South Bend against the Irish, who have won seven of eight and can beat their third straight ACC Atlantic Division opponent.
* Navy at San Jose State (4, ESPN3.com): Midshipmen 38-14. Navy ranks second nationally in rushing offense. San Jose State is ranked in the triple digits in stopping the run. This will not end well for the Spartans. Meanwhile, Navy will take another step toward bowl eligibility.
* Virginia at Florida State (7:30, ESPN2): Seminoles 27-13. Thus will complete the quietest six-game conference winning streak imaginable. Florida State still hasn’t accomplished a whole lot (its best wins have come against Miami and N.C. State), but it might just have the chance to settle the Coastal Division. Expect Virginia’s three-game winning streak to come to an end with its visit to Tallahassee.
Week 11 record: 5-2 (4-1 conference)
ACC record: 61-20 (27-12 conference)
Navy record: 6-4
Preseason Week 12 picks changed: Maryland-Wake Forest, Clemson-N.C. State
Preseason ACC record: 56-25 (23-16 conference)
—- Patrick Stevens