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ACC Week 11 Preview

No. 10 Florida State (8-1, 5-1 ACC) looks to keep its ACC championship and BCS berth hopes alive when it travels to Blacksburg on Thursday night to face Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC). The Seminoles lead the series 22-12-1, but the teams are split over the last four meetings (including a pair of ACC Championship Games). Though the Hokies are experiencing a down year (their five losses is the most under Frank Beamer since 2003), they remain a dangerous foe for any ACC team.

One week after its own trip to Blacksburg, Miami (5-4, 4-2 ACC) makes another Virginia road trip to Charlottesville as the meet the Cavaliers (3-6, 1-4 ACC). The Hurricanes struggle on defense away from home, surrendering 32 or more points on each of their previous road games. Virginia snapped a six-game losing streak last weekend against NC State.

Fresh off that stunning upset loss to the Cavs, NC State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) looks to rebound when they host Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4 ACC). The home team has won in each of the last five meetings.

No. 13 Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) continues to keep pace with Florida State in hopes of a Seminole stumble. The Tigers host Maryland (4-5, 2-3 ACC) at Death Valley, where the Terps have won two of the last three.

In nonconference action, Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC) will try to channel some of the magic of 2002, when they upset an 8-0 Notre Dame team. The Eagles lead the series 6-3 since 2001, but the Irish (9-0) have won the last three. In the history of the series, Notre Dame has only won in Chesnut Hill three times.

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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.