Here is a quick rundown of what to watch in Week 7 in the ACC. All times ET:
Louisville (2-3, 1-1) at No. 11 Florida State (5-0, 3-0), noon, ESPN. #LOUvsFSU. Dalvin Cook has been an unstoppable force for Florida State this season, ranking No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards per game (158.4). Will the Cards be able to slow him down? They brought the NC State run game to a screeching halt on Oct. 3 and had a bye week to prepare for the Seminoles. It goes without saying Cook presents a much tougher challenge than Matt Dayes and company.
Pitt (4-1, 2-0) at Georgia Tech (2-4, 0-3), ESPN3. #PITTvsGT. Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd was as honest as it gets when asked to describe last year's turnover fest against Georgia Tech: "It was like hell," he said. "It was like going to hell and you can't get out." The Panthers have a renewed sense of optimism going into this year's game against the Jackets, who are staring at a must-win scenario to keep their title hopes alive. Georgia Tech is averaging 271.7 yards rushing, on track to be the lowest number under coach Paul Johnson.
Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1) at Miami (3-2, 0-1), ESPNU. #VTvsMIA. Which embattled coach needs a win more: Al Golden or Frank Beamer? Pretty easy to figure out both teams need a victory badly to keep pace in the Coastal. The Hurricanes must prove they know how to bounce back after a tough loss to Florida State, especially with Clemson looming next weekend. Virginia Tech must prove it can keep up the momentum it gained off a big win over NC State last Friday.
Syracuse (3-2, 1-0) at Virginia (1-4, 0-1), ESPN3. #CUSEvsUVA. The Cavaliers have been saddled with an incredibly difficult nonconference schedule during the last few years, putting a premium on performance in conference games. Coach Mike London has won 11 ACC games in five years, so what happens in ACC play will determine his future. London needs a victory over Syracuse to help his cause. These two teams enter the game as the two worst in the ACC in defensive efficiency.
Boston College (3-3, 0-3) at No. 5 Clemson (5-0, 2-0), ESPNU. #BCvsCLEM Here is some good news for BC: The Eagles lead the nation in six major defensive categories, including yards allowed per play (2.58). The bad news: BC ranks No. 111 or worse in three key offensive categories, including total offense (323 yards per game). Even worse news: Clemson brings the No. 13 total defense to the party.
Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2) at North Carolina (4-1, 1-0), 7 p.m., ESPN3. #WAKEvsUNC. Has the game tape from Wake Forest's 3-0 victory over Boston College been destroyed yet? It was a big win for Dave Clawson, but there is no question he wants to see much more out of his offense. Is this the week it happens? North Carolina is vastly improved under Gene Chizik, most especially on pass D.