Time to take a look at what is on tap in Week 12 in the ACC.
North Carolina (6-4, 3-3) at Virginia (4-6, 2-4), ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Let's put it simply: Virginia is hot, and North Carolina is not. The Hoos come into the game on a two-game winning streak, while the Tar Heels have a very short work week to figure out what exactly went wrong in a 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech. And because their division is a total mess, this one could have implications on who ends up going to the ACC championship game. Though North Carolina is ineligible to win the division, its results and records still figure into the league’s tiebreaker scenarios. Though Virginia is no longer alive for the division crown, the Hoos still have bowl hopes.
No. 10 Florida State (9-1, 6-1) at Maryland (4-6, 2-4), ESPNU, Noon. The Seminoles have had their share of road drama this season, but something tells me that won't be the case in College Park this weekend. Maryland is a depleted team given all the injuries it has had to endure, and is coming off a loss to Clemson. Whoever devised the schedule for the Terps did them no favors, with back-to-back games against the ACC's only ranked teams. Florida State clinches a spot in the ACC title game with a win.
Virginia Tech (4-6, 2-4) at Boston College (2-8, 1-5), ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. The Hokies came into the year as the favorites to win the Coastal, but now they are fighting for their bowl lives. Such is the bizarro season unfolding in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has to win out to keep its 19-year bowl streak alive. The Hokies are at least going to be the major favorites in this game, considering how bad Boston College is this season, ranking in the bottom 100 for scoring offense, rushing offense, rushing defense and total defense. Virginia Tech has won four straight in the series.
USF (3-6) at Miami (5-5), RSN, 3 p.m. The Hurricanes take a quick break from conference play to take on USF, a team that has had major struggles this season. Miami comes into a game off a heartbreaking loss to Virginia, and will have its hands full against the Bulls. USF is a team that rises up to play its in-state competitors. But the Bulls will be playing without starting quarterback B.J. Daniels, who is out for the season with a broken leg. Backup Matt Floyd will get the nod. Interestingly enough, this will be the third straight meeting between the schools where USF has had to play its backup.
NC State (6-4, 3-3) at No. 11 Clemson (9-1, 6-1), ABC/ESPN2*, 3:30 p.m. Is revenge in the air at Clemson? Coach Dabo Swinney says no. But still, the Tigers will look to get some payback in this game, after NC State handed them a 37-13 loss last season to break their seven-game winning streak in the series. Clemson just set a record with its 12th straight home win, and NC State has not won in Death Valley since 2002.
Duke (6-4, 3-3) at Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3), ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. This has to be the biggest game for the Blue Devils since 1994. Because right now, they control their Coastal Division destiny. In fact, their road to the ACC championship game is the easiest to follow among all the potential scenarios. All Duke has to do is win out to clinch a spot in Charlotte. But Georgia Tech is newly resurgent and still has its own Coastal Division hopes. The Jackets have won eight straight in the series and come into this game on a two-game winning streak. Duke has got to watch for Vad Lee, who has been outstanding in his last two games.
Wake Forest (5-5) at No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0), NBC, 3:30 p.m. The Deacs face a tough two-game stretch to close out the season with their bowl hopes on the line. First up is undefeated Notre Dame, a team that beat them 24-17 last season in Winston-Salem. Tanner Price was not sharp in a loss to NC State last week, and he is going to need to play a near-flawless game to give this team any shot at the upset. If they can't, then they need to beat Vanderbilt the following week to get to six wins.