ACC upset watch: Week 9

It happened again.

The No. 1 game on this list went down last weekend, as Miami beat Georgia Tech and knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the rankings. That’s five games now that have been ranked No. 1 on the upset watch that have come to fruition. NC State at Virginia was No. 2 on this list last week. ACC and Clemson fans better hope the streak ends this week. Here are your top three games with upset potential for Week 9:

1. No. 5 Clemson at Georgia Tech: Clemson scored 59 points last weekend against North Carolina, leaving no doubt who was the better team. But in this series, 14 of the past 16 games have been decided by an average of just 4.6 points. Georgia Tech, though, was held to just seven points in the loss to Miami. Their combined 14-2 record is the best the two teams have brought into a game during their time in the ACC.

2. NC State at Florida State: Neither of these teams is ranked, but you would expect Florida State to win at home against a team that just earned its first conference win of the season. Nothing is a given, though, in a series that has been even over the past 10 games, and eight of those 10 games have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

3. Wake Forest at North Carolina: If the Deacs lose this game, the road trip to Clemson on Nov. 12 suddenly becomes less meaningful. Wake Forest only has one league loss and UNC has three, so if the Tar Heels win, I’m considering it an upset. Wake is seeking its first three-game winning streak in the series since 1987-89. The Deacons have allowed 27 points over the past two games with UNC; that’s the Tar Heels’ lowest total in consecutive games against Wake Forest since 1966-67 (10 points). The winner will become the ACC’s fourth bowl-eligible team in 2011, joining Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.