ACC's Ultimate Road Trip: Week 3

Our first weekend with nothing but Saturday games ...

Week 3 schedule

Saturday, Sept. 13

  • NC State at USF

  • Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech

  • USC at Boston College, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 8 p.m.

  • Kansas at Duke

  • Louisville at Virginia, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m.

  • East Carolina at Virginia Tech, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, noon

  • Syracuse at Central Michigan

  • Pitt at Florida International

  • Arkansas State at Miami, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

  • Wake Forest at Utah State

Our pick: USC at Boston College

Why you should come along: It's not often we can get to see a Pac-12 program travel this far East, so we should take advantage of the opportunity when it arises. USC will be entering its third game under new coach Steve Sarkisian, and it will be coming off what promises to be a tough road trip a week earlier at conference rival Stanford. Boston College, meanwhile, will be into the second year of the Steve Addazio regime after a promising inaugural campaign in 2013 -- one whose first loss came at the hand of these Trojans, 35-7, nearly one year to the day of this rematch.

Can the Eagles pull off the big upset and give the ACC a signature nonconference win early on? Don't underestimate this bunch, as it gave Florida State all it could handle last season during the Seminoles' national title campaign. And a night-game atmosphere should only contribute to the frenzy. Any time we can pit L.A. against Boston in any sport, we should sit back and enjoy what's in front of us. So hop on a flight to Boston, enjoy all that the city has to offer (I recommend Grill 23 for dinner Friday night) and take in what promises to be the best atmosphere of the Addazio era for the Eagles.

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