North Carolina (6-5, 3-4 ACC) at No. 24 N.C. State (8-3, 5-2), Friday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: N.C. State by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
While North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren knows a Friday night game, even against rival North Carolina, is not ideal for fans of the No. 24 Wolfpack on Thanksgiving weekend, he hopes the high stakes bring them out in droves.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 13:
GAME OF THE WEEK
North Carolina (6-5, 3-4) at No. 24 NC State (8-3, 5-2). The mercurial Tar Heels can end the Wolfpack's hope of an Atlantic Division title with a victory in the 111th installment of the rivalry.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson did what it had to do for a chance to extend its run of ACC Atlantic Division titles.
Now, it's out of the Tigers hands. They have to wait for this weekend's results to see what's next for them.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State just needed to make sure it took care of business to give itself a chance to be in the mix for a conference championship.
The No. 25 Wolfpack found several ways to do that as Devin Leary threw for two touchdowns, Zonovan Knight returned a kickoff for a touchdown and N.C.
Syracuse (5-5, 2-4 ACC) at No. 25 North Carolina State (7-3, 4-2, No. 20 CFP), Saturday at 4 p.m. EST (ACC Network).
Line: N.C. State by 11 1/2 , according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Syracuse is one victory shy of reaching bowl eligibility as the Orange finish the season with a pair of games against ranked teams.
First is a matchup at No. 25 North Carolina State (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday, and the Orange (5-5, 2-4) are coming off their worst performance of the season.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 13 Wake Forest has a huge final step if it hopes to end Clemson's reign atop the Atlantic Coast Conference: end its 12-game losing streak to the Tigers.
The Demon Deacons (9-1, 6-0 ACC) can win the ACC Atlantic with a victory Saturday at Clemson.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 13 Wake Forest at Clemson. The Demon Deacons (9-1, 6-0) took a big step toward winning the league’s Atlantic Division race by beating No.
Someone is getting snubbed.
Virginia has Brennan Armstrong, who is third in the country with 3,557 passing yards. Pittsburgh has Kenny Pickett, who vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation with 32 touchdown passes this season.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The off-target throws, drops and mistakes kept coming for No. 13 Wake Forest. So did the injuries — all on a night when the Demon Deacons were trying to take a huge step toward winning their Atlantic Coast Conference division.
No. 21 North Carolina State (7-2, 4-1 ACC) at No. 13 Wake Forest (8-1, 5-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ACC Network).
Line: Wake Forest by 1 1/2 , according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Both Wake Forest and North Carolina State entered the season with ambitions of dethroning six-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson, first by knocking the Tigers from atop the league’s Atlantic Division standings.
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Week 11:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 21 North Carolina State at No. 13 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons (8-1, 5-0 ACC) took their first loss of the season last week, a three-point nail-biter to North Carolina in a nonconference matchup, so they're still a game ahead of NC State (7-2, 4-1) in the Atlantic Division.
The Atlantic Coast Conference divisional races are far from decided and several schools still have a shot at winning the league crown.
Virginia defensive lineman Mandy Alonso is enjoying the journey.
Cincinnati held on to the No. 2 ranking by just four points over No. 3 Alabama in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Oregon slipped past Ohio State to move up to No. 5.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dave Doeren can smile with pride, enjoying a season in which North Carolina State defeated Clemson and Florida State for the first time since he arrived in Raleigh, N.C., in 2013.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — North Carolina State isn’t in the driver’s seat in the Atlantic Division but the Wolfpack know they control their own destiny and that the road ahead includes matchups that will put them in position to claim their first football division title in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Devin Leary threw three of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as North Carolina State’s offense finally got untracked in a 28-13 win over Louisville on Saturday night.
North Carolina State regrouped quickly from its first loss. The Wolfpack must do it again Saturday night against Louisville, even as injuries could make that job tougher this time around.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coach Pat Narduzzi isn't comfortable. Not even with No. 17 Pittsburgh off to its best start since Narduzzi's first year on the job in 2015.
Maybe he's forgotten what happened during the end of that first season.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 9:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Louisville at North Carolina State. The one-point loss at Miami dropped the Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1 ACC) from the AP Top 25 but doesn’t change the fact that Dave Doeren’s team still controls its own destiny in the Atlantic Division.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says starting linebacker Isaiah Moore and starting left guard Chandler Zavala have suffered season-ending injuries.
Doeren said Monday both players will need surgery, though he didn’t specify the exact nature of the injuries.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Van Dyke backed up his words. And Miami took a big step toward potentially salvaging its season.
Van Dyke passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to Charleston Rambo, to lead the Hurricanes past No.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-overtime game in NCAA history and lift Illinois over No. 7 Penn State 20-18 on Saturday.
No. 18 N.C. State (5-1, 2-0 ACC) at Miami (2-4, 0-2), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: N.C. State by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami has never gone through something quite like this.
Back-to-back losses, each by three points or less, and both coming when the Hurricanes had the ball inside the opponents’ red zone with a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, David Bell had a career-best 240 yards receiving and Purdue continued its recent mastery over No. 2 Iowa with a 24-7 victory Saturday.
BOSTON (AP) — Thayer Thomas knew the pass wasn't intended for him. Then he realized he had a chance to catch it.
“On that play I’m not even a viable option," Thomas said after his leaping catch from Devin Leary on a broken play led to a 79-yard touchdown that helped No.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Jeff Hafley was too busy to watch the Boston Marathon when the race ran past the Chestnut Hill campus Monday. He is hoping to make up for the lack of excitement when the Eagles play No.
No. 22 North Carolina State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) at Boston College (4-1, 0-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ACC Network).
Line: N.C. State by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Wake Forest began this season among the large group known as “everybody else” in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the label applied to teams projected to fall in line behind perennial favorite Clemson.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 on Saturday in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Beating Clemson was tough enough for North Carolina State. Getting refocused for a nonconference game a week later was another challenge.
“That was a monumental task,” coach Dave Doeren said.
The road to a Southeastern Conference championship showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia has plenty of potential pitfalls and detours.
The next two weeks present what look like serious challenges to the superpowers, starting Saturday when each hosts a ranked conference rival.
Louisiana Tech (2-2) at No. 23 North Carolina State (3-1), Saturday at 6 p.m. EDT (ESPN+/ACC Network Extra).
Line: N.C. State by 18 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Dave Doeren wants to see how No. 23 North Carolina State handles success.
Next up is Saturday’s visit from Louisiana Tech in the Wolfpack’s final nonconference game before diving into the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.
It took less than a month to dramatically change the look of the Atlantic Coast Conference race and likely knock the league out of the national-title hunt.
Six-time reigning league champion and 25th-ranked Clemson has an early league loss against one of its top division challengers and two losses overall.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has lost starting defensive tackle Bryan Bresee for the rest of the season after the sophomore tore an ACL in the overtime loss at North Carolina State on Saturday.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney updated Bresee's status on Sunday.
For about 45 minutes late Saturday afternoon, college football was on overload.
North Carolina State went from agony to ecstasy against No. 9 Clemson. Baylor stopped a 2-point conversion to upset No.
—Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, threw for 403 yards and accounted for six TDs in a 77-7 win over New Hampshire.
—Christian Anderson, Army, ran for 236 yards and a pair of long first-half touchdowns in a 23-10 victory over Miami of Ohio.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State forced D.J. Uiagalelei into a fourth-down incompletion in the second overtime to beat ninth-ranked Clemson 27-21 on Saturday, an outcome that shakes up the Atlantic Coast Conference race and deals a huge blow to the Tigers’ College Football Playoff hopes.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Clemson's final pass had barely hit the ground when North Carolina State's sideline began charging toward the field to celebrate, followed closely by red-clad Wolfpack fans pouring in to join them from all directions.
No. 9 Clemson (2-1, 1-0 ACC) at North Carolina State (2-1, 0-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Clemson by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Ninth-ranked Clemson hasn't looked much like the high-scoring juggernaut of recent years. That either has the six-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champions as vulnerable as they’ve been in a long time or set to break loose for a big output.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Devin Leary threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as North Carolina State geared up for a key Atlantic Coast Conference clash by beating Furman 45-7 on Saturday night.
North Carolina State looked sharp in its opener only to fall flat in its marquee nonconference road game that included a pair of key season-ending injuries.
And with the six-time Atlantic Coast Conference champions looming on the schedule, Dave Doeren needs his Wolfpack to regroup quickly in Saturday’s home game with Furman.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Mississippi State Bulldogs are the only Power Five team on Memphis’ schedule this season, and Tigers coach Ryan Silverfield refuses to shy away from the importance of this game.
North Carolina State’s defense has taken a major hit by losing all-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker Payton Wilson and safety Cyrus Fagan to season-ending injuries.
Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren announced their status Monday, two days after both exited the during a loss at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Last week, Lideatrick Griffin’s 70-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter sparked a 20-point comeback for Mississippi State in an eventual win over Louisiana Tech.
On Saturday against North Carolina State, Griffin made his presence felt a whole lot faster.