With only two teams favored by more than six points this week, nearly everybody is on Upset Watch!
No. 23 Florida State (3-2, 0-2) at No. 10 Miami (4-0, 1-0), 8 p.m., ABC. Line: Miami by 3. The Seminoles look down and out, making this the perfect opportunity for them to spring a surprise on the rival Hurricanes and begin to save their season. Has Florida State looked the part of elite team this season? Absolutely not. But we don't know whether Miami is for real, either, with only one win over a Power 5 opponent to date. Dalvin Cook, from Miami, has lit up the hometown team over the last two years, with 379 total yards and five touchdowns. The Seminoles are sure to bring an extra level of motivation and competitiveness in this game, something Miami needs to be ready for despite the win-loss record.
Notre Dame (2-3) at NC State (3-1), noon, ABC. Line: NC State by 1. The Irish may be down, but this is still a big game for the Wolfpack, whose biggest win this season came against Wake Forest. Ryan Finley, Jaylen Samuels and Matt Dayes are playing well, and there will be opportunities to throw on a subpar Notre Dame secondary. The defensive front has been formidable. But the question is whether NC State can win a game of this magnitude, especially with back-to-back games on the road against Clemson and Louisville looming.
No. 25 Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0) at No. 17 North Carolina (4-1, 2-0), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2. Line: North Carolina by 2.5. If this game plays out as the Jerod Evans vs. Mitch Trubisky show, then we will all be in for a treat. Both quarterbacks are playing at an exceptionally high level and are limiting their mistakes, making them both strong candidates to win the ACC Coastal. Last season, the Hokies nearly beat the Tar Heels in Frank Beamer's final home game. The offense is better this year, and the defensive line has played better, too. Virginia Tech had a bye to prepare; North Carolina comes in off an emotional win over Florida State. The makings are there for an upset.
Army (3-1) at Duke (2-3), 3:30 p.m., ACC Network. Line: Duke by 4. When these two teams played a year ago, Duke won pretty handily. But Army has made improvements since then and is off to its best start since 2010. Andy Davidson has a team-high six touchdowns rushing, and will pose a definite challenge for the Duke defense. There are more questions about the Duke offense, though. Which version of redshirt freshman Daniel Jones will show up? The one who dominated Notre Dame, or the one who threw five interceptions in a loss to Virginia?
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) at Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1), 7 p.m., ACC Network. Line: Wake by 2.5. It irked Syracuse fans in the preseason when the Deacs were picked to finish ahead of the Orange. After all, they said, Syracuse was 3-0 against Wake Forest in ACC play. That is a fair point, and now the Orange have the opportunity to prove they are better than the Deacs on the field. Wake Forest is undefeated at home and has played much better on offense, to match a strong defensive unit. Syracuse needs to avoid the mistakes it has made in recent weeks and play better on special teams for a shot to win.