Florida State hosts Miami in Tallahassee on Saturday, hoping to secure their first victory over the Hurricanes since 2016 and keep their bowl dreams alive. Meanwhile, the rest of the Atlantic Coast conference is in a state of flux after the alleged frontrunner was upset in Week 10.
As we move into week 11, I’ve dived into each game and how it will shape division races.
Clemson (6-3) vs. UConn (1-8) – Saturday noon
The Tigers took advantage of a stoppage on the goal line to secure a 30-24 victory over Louisville last Saturday. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei posted his best statistical performance of the season, racking up 220 yards and two touchdowns without a turnaround.
UConn hasn’t played since Oct. 22, when they lost 44-13 to Middle Tennessee State. The Huskies are in the midst of rebuilding and surpassed in every position on the field in almost every game. The Tigers are expected to claim their seventh victory.
Louisville (4-5) vs. Syracuse (5-4) – Saturday noon
Both of these programs are looking for a playoff berth. The Cardinals are heading in the wrong direction, having lost four of their last five games.
After rumors circulated that he would be in the hot seat this offseason, Orange head coach Dino Barbers spearheaded a resurgence in the Northeast behind running back Sean Tucker (201 races , 1,267 yards, 11 touchdowns). It should be noted that Syracuse comes out of a bye.
# 9 alarm clock Forest (8-1) vs. # 19 NC State (7-2) – Saturday, 7:30 afternoon
Despite losing 58-55 to North Carolina last Saturday, Wake Forest remains 5-0 in the ACC game due to the Tar Heels being in the Coastal Division. Quarterback Sam Hartman scored seven touchdowns (five assists, two rushing), but also threw two interceptions.
After their 28-14 victory in Tallahassee, the Wolfpack continued their road trip in Winston-Salem. Having already beaten Clemson, NC State could shake up the Atlantic race with a win over the Demon Deacons. Hartman may be the most recognizable name, but quarterback Devin Leary plays just as well. He threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns against the Seminoles.
Georgia Technology (3-6) vs. Boston University (5–4) – Saturday, 3:30 p.m. afternoon
Quarterback Phil Jurkovec returned for the Eagles in a 17-3 win over Virginia Tech, but the defense stole the show. Boston College forced two turnovers and limited the Hokies to 4.8 yards per carry. They also held Virginia 3 of 11 on the third down.
The Yellow Jackets have lost three straight games, but there is light at the end of the tunnel with promising quarterback duo Jeff Sims and Jahmyr Gibbs. Georgia Tech is playing strong and improved under head coach Geoff Collins, but they might not have the physique up front to beat Boston College.
Pittsburgh (7-2) v North Carolina (5-4) – Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers got back on track with a 54-29 victory over Duke. Quarterback Kenny Pickett completed 28 of 43 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns. With a clash against Virginia looming next week, the Panthers can’t afford to lose focus and give up on a division game.
As previously reported, head coach Mack Brown and the Tar Heels scored their most impressive of the season last Saturday against Wake Forest. Quarterback Sam Howell had 320 scrimmage yards (216 passes, 104 rushing), while running back Ty Chandler added four touchdowns for 213 yards.
This game will feature two high powered offenses with big cocked quarterbacks. If you want to sit in front of your TV and be entertained, this game could be for you.
Virginia Tech (4-5) vs. Duke (3-6) – Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech’s offense has struggled against Boston College, mainly due to the injury to quarterback Braxton Burmeister. Quarterback Knox Kadum replaced Burmeister and completed 7 of 16 passes for a modest 73 yards.
The Blue Devils have not won since September 25 (52-33 against Kansas) and are entering their first conference season without a win since 2007. The 29 points accumulated against the Panthers were the most important for Duke against an opponent in the conference this season. , which could be encouraging for the end of the season.
The Hokies won last year’s game 38-31.
Virginia (6-3) vs # 10 Notre Dame (8-1) – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterback Brennan Armstrong (3,557 yards, 27 TDs) injured his ribs in the 66-49 loss to BYU on Oct. 30, but head coach Bronco Mendenhall is optimistic about his chances of starting against the Fighting Irish. A home win over a nationally ranked schedule would give the Cavaliers a huge boost of confidence ahead of next week’s divisional fight in Pittsburgh.
It might not be a college football playoff season for Notre Dame, but they have all the makings of a New Years Six Bowl. After a 24-13 loss to Cincinnati on October 2, the Fighting Irish have won four. consecutive wins. During that span, running back Kyren Williams racked up 513 yards and six touchdowns.