Saturday, Sept. 8
Duke at Northwestern, Noon, ESPNU
Series: Northwestern leads, 10-9; Last meeting: Duke, 41-17 (2017)
ESPNU: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
Georgia Tech at USF, Noon, ABC/ESPN2
Series: First Meeting
ABC/ESPN2: Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Towson at Wake Forest, Noon, ACCNE
Series: First Meeting
ACC Network Extra: Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter
Georgia State at NC State, 12:30 p.m., RSN
Series: First Meeting
RSN: Wes Durham, James Bates, Rebecca Kaple
Holy Cross at Boston College, 1 p.m., ACCNE
Series: Boston College leads series, 48-31-3; Last meeting: Boston College, 56-26 (1986)
ACC Network Extra: Robert Lee, Matt Chatham
William & Mary at No. 12/14 Virginia Tech, 2 p.m., ACCNE
Series: Virginia Tech leads series, 41-18-4; Last meeting: Virginia Tech, 34-9 (2014)
ACC Network Extra: Joel Meyers, Dustin Fox
Wagner at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m., ACCNE
Series: Syracuse leads series,1-0; Last meeting: SU, 54-0 (2013)
ACC Network Extra: Doug Sherman, Al Groh
North Carolina at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Series: UNC leads series, 12-4-1; Last meeting: ECU, 70-41 (2014)
ESPNU: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia
Savannah State at No. 22/21 Miami, 6 p.m., ACCNE
Series: Miami leads series, 1-0; Last meeting: Miami, 77-7 (2013)
ACC Network Extra: Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly
No. 2/2 Clemson at Texas A&M, 7 p.m., ESPN
Series: Texas A&M leads series, 3-1; Last meeting: Clemson, 25-24 (2005)
ESPN: Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Indiana State at Louisville, 7 p.m., ACCNE
Series: Louisville leads 6-3-1; Last meeting: Louisville, 30-10 (2009)
ACC Network Extra: Jim Barbar, John Gregory
Samford at Florida State, 7:20 p.m., ACC Network
Series: Florida State leads series, 2-0; Last meeting: Florida State, 59-6 (2010)
ACC Network: Tom Werme, Dave Archer, Lericia Harris
Virginia at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., BTN
Series: Virginia leads series, 2-1; Last meeting: Indiana, 34-17 (2017)
BTN: Lisa Byington, J Leman, Michelle McMahon
No. 13/10 Penn State at Pitt, 8 p.m., ABC
Series: Penn State leads series, 51-43-4; Last meeting: Penn State, 33-14 (2017)
ABC: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ACC Football Notes
The ACC returns to primetime in week two when second-ranked Clemson travels to Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a 7 p.m. showdown on ESPN. Clemson, which has won 99 games in the last 10 years (2009-18), will face former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who won 82 games and the 2013 national championship as coach of the Seminoles before departing for College Station, Texas. This is the second consecutive year Clemson has played an SEC team in week two. Last year, the Tigers knocked off Auburn, 14-6, in Death Valley.
ESPN’s College GameDay show will be on site for the Clemson at Texas A&M game. This is the 18th time he show has broadcast from a Clemson game and the Tigers are 11-7 in College GameDay contests. Clemson has won its last six games featured on College Gameday, dating back to 2016.
The ACC and Big Ten square off in three games this weekend when Duke plays at Northwestern, Virginia travels to Indiana and Pitt plays host to No. 13/10 Penn State. Over the last three seasons, the ACC is 12-10 against the Big Ten. A win over the Hoosiers would give Virginia its first 2-0 start since 2012
Georgia Tech travels to USF for a noon matchup on ABC/ESPN2 in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The last time the Yellow Jackets played in that stadium they defeated Clemson, 39-34, in the 2003 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game. Former ACC and College Football Playoff administrator Michael Kelly is in his first year as USF’s athletic director.
North Carolina plays its second-straight road game of the season on Saturday, facing East Carolina of the American Conference at 3:30 p.m.
Only nine quarterbacks in the country rushed for at 100-or-more yards in the first week of the season and three of those hail from the ACC. Syracuse’s Eric Dungey became just the fourth signal caller in ACC history to rush for 200 yards in a game in a 55-42 win over Western Michigan. Wake Forest true freshman QB Sam Hartman rushed for 128 yards in an overtime win at Tulane, and Virginia transfer Bryce Perkins posted 108 rushing yards and two scores in a win over Richmond.
The ACC has seven of the top 25 active coaches nationally in career victories – all of them with 100 or more – which is by far the most of any conference. The next closest league has four coaches in the top 25.
An ACC football player has won the Heisman Trophy or the Campbell Trophy – commonly referred to as the “Academic Heisman” – in four of the last five years, something no other league can claim.