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An intriguing weekend across the Big East and ACC starts early with a pair of Friday night games with Champs Sports Bowl implications.

All three of the conference leaders in the Big East - Cincinnati, Rutgers and West Virginia - all hit the road this week against league opponents. Tonight, the Scarlet Knights travel to Louisville and the Mountaineers visit Syracuse. Tomorrow afternoon, the Bearcats are in Tampa to meet USF. If all three maintain their unblemished conference records, we may not know our Big East options until later in the season when the three teams play each other. However, it's possible that one might stumble on this "road test weekend" and help narrow our possibilities.

Also on that side of the matchup, Notre Dame will try to keep its momentum from a four-game winning streak alive as they host rival USC.  It's our Game of the Week, and fans can win two tickets to the Champs Sports Bowl by picking the winner on our Facebook page.  This is one of the toughest tests for the Fighting Irish this season and they can't afford to lose if they hope for a BCS berth.

This weekend could also be pivotal for the ACC. The marquee game will be Georgia Tech at Miami, where the Yellow Jackets try to rebound from their first loss against a Hurricane team that upset North Carolina last Saturday.  The improved play of quarterback Jacory Harris could be the difference for Miami, who will also need to stop Tech's explosive rushing attack.

Atlantic Division (and overall conference) favorite Clemson tries to continue its surprise season against 5-2 North Carolina. Florida State, already down two losses in the conference, will try to stay in the hunt as they face Maryland. The Terps nearly upset Clemson last week and are only one overall win back from the Seminoles.

In addition to the games above, we'll also have representatives on location for Wake Forest at Duke and NC State at Virginia.

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Matt Repchak
Matt Repchak

Matt (Tampa, Fla.) joined FCSports in 2005 after graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He started in the communications department and gradually became the point person for all digital projects within the organization, including web, video and social.

Matt enjoys The Black Keys, Joss Whedon, Paul F. Tompkins and the Tampa Bay Rays.