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 October and Week 6:
Miami at Notre Dame, NBC, 7:30 p.m. Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Boston College at Army
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Virginia at Duke
Florida State at NC State
Wake Forest at Maryland
Virginia Tech at North Carolina
My choice: Florida State at NC State
Why: Miami-Notre Dame isn’t what it used to be, and Florida State-NC State will help define the Atlantic Division race. As we start to get into October, these decisions become more difficult because there are more league games. The Georgia Tech-Clemson game has been a good series, but as far as the ACC race goes, I think the Atlantic Division matchup in Raleigh will be more important. The Hokies will have a tough road trip to UNC, but their defense should be the difference in that game.
The Wolfpack (and just about everyone else who pays attention to college football) will have spent the entire offseason listening to the experts pontificate about just how good Florida State can be this year. Nobody is really talking about NC State, but the Pack have a chance to be the best team coach Tom O’Brien has had so far at NC State. If the program is going to truly turn the corner, this will be the game that helps them do it. Last year, Florida State beat NC State 34-0. It was the first time since the 2008 season opener against South Carolina that the Pack were held scoreless. As good as FSU's defense is expected to be, I don’t see that happening again.