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ACC notes: Tigers, Hurricanes in spotlight

With apologies to Virginia's playing host to Georgia Tech, the game of the week features Clemson (3-3, 2-2 ACC) traveling to No. 8 Miami (5-1, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, televised on ABC.

With Virginia Tech losing for a second time last week, the Hurricanes might be the ACC's last, best hope for national title contender. They host the up-and-down Tigers, who are looking for a signature win in their third attempt against a top-15 ranked team this season. Only Miami and Washington have faced three teams ranked in the top 15.

Miami is on the fringe of the BCS picture - 10th in the first BCS standings - and both programs are involved in close divisional races. Virginia leads the Coastal (2-0), followed by four one-loss teams. Clemson is a half game back of Boston College in the Atlantic.

THREE UP

Josh Nesbitt

Can you name Georgia Tech's leading rusher? Hint: It's not Jonathan Dwyer. It's Georgia Tech's quarterback, who has rushed for team-bests of 625 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Whiplash offense and Steele Curtain defense

Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele face off Saturday to see who was the better offseason coaching hire.

Virginia

The Coastal boasts of three ranked teams. Virginia is not among them, but Al Groh has the Cavs in first place (2-0).

THREE DOWN

Virginia Tech title hopes

The Hokies might finish as the class of the ACC again, but two losses in Atlanta erases hope of sneaking into the BCS title game.

Miami's pass protection

Hurricanes QB Jacory Harris has been sacked nine times in the past two

games - games against Central Florida and Florida A & M.

N.C. State

In back-to-back losses against Duke and Boston College - not exactly Miami circa 2001, and or Southern Cal of 2005 - the Wolfpack surrendered offensive back of the week honors. First it was Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis passing for 459 yards, followed by Boston College running back Montel Harris who gained 264 yards on 27 carries.

BY THE NUMBERS

4 - Interceptions by N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson over the past

three games after he set an NCAA record with 379 straight passes without an interception.

24.9 - Yards per catch for Georgia Tech wideout Demaryius Thomas this

season.

101 - Points surrendered by the Wolfpack in back-to-back losses against Duke and Boston College.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Fans quit so easily." - Florida State coach Bobby Bowden on hostility toward his Seminoles, which are 0-3 in the Atlantic Division.

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