Ultimate ACC road trip: Week 5


Welcome back to the ACC’s ultimate road trip. In case you’re just joining us, this series is your ticket to each of the best games in the ACC every week. These are the games that -- if you had the money and the time -- you would want to be at this fall. The season is still a long ways off, but here in the blogosphere, we’re already into Week 5:

Saturday, September 29

  • Clemson at Boston College

  • Duke at Wake Forest

  • NC State at Miami

  • Florida State at South Florida

  • Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech

  • Idaho at North Carolina

  • Louisiana Tech at Virginia

  • Virginia Tech at Cincinnati (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)

My choice: Stay home.

Ok, ok, NC State at Miami.

Why: I’ve done the Landover/Virginia Tech thing, and it was a better matchup and game with Boise State. The Cincy game doesn’t exactly scream sellout. NC State at Miami should be a decent game, but if the Wolfpack is going to be a serious contender this year, it has to win some conference road games. Winning at North Carolina and at Clemson will be extremely difficult. This is a great opportunity for Tom O’Brien, as it is still early in the schedule for a young Miami team, and the Canes will have already played three of four games on the road, including two league games. This is also a good chance to get to Miami, and that’s one stop in the ACC you just can’t miss. Of all of these games, don’t be surprised if the Duke-Wake Forest game is the most entertaining, but that game will likely be more meaningful to Duke’s bowl chances than it will the conference race.

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