Saturday Features Three ACC Conference Games
With one ACC conference game under the belt already in Week 5, three more are still on tap this week. Here is a look at all of the Atlantic Coast Conference action scheduled for Saturday:
East Carolina at North Carolina (Saturday, 12 noon)
It is Military appreciation day at Kenan Stadium and the Tar Heels will be decked out in red white and blue. After a couple tough this season, Carolina hopes to improve on their 1-2 record against the Pirates.
On offense, North Carolina goes as Bryn Renner goes. The Tar Heel quarterback has thrown for 751 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season. He has a target who will be playing on Sunday's in the future in Eric Ebron, who has 200 yards receiving from his tight end position.
The Heels use two running backs to balance out the offense in Romar Morris and A. J. Blue. Morris has 169 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns thus far in the season.
The Pirates are 2-1 with their only defeat coming from Virginia Tech in a close 15-10 loss two weeks ago.
ECU is led by quarterback Shane Carden who has jumped out to a fast start on the season with 796 yards passing and 8 touchdown passes. Carden's arm has put the Pirates in the top 40 passing in the Country.
The Pirates look to be a factor in Conference USA this season, along with Middle Tennessee State, another team North Carolina has seen this year.
Prediction: North Carolina by 8
15)Miami at South Florida (Saturday, 12 noon)
The Hurricanes take their 3-0 record to South Florida, a team who is looking for their first win of the season. It is the last tune up for the Canes before jumping into conference play next week.
Miami is led by quarterback Stephen Morris who has thrown 4 touchdowns passes. He is expected to play in the game after an earlier injury. They go to their workhorse running back, Duke Johnson frequently. Johnson has rushed for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns.
But it has been the defense who has stepped up to the plate this season. The Hurricanes are 7th in the country in points allowed, giving up just 9.7 points per game.
Meanwhile, South Florida has struggled to score averaging just over 12 points a game. Bobby Eveld has thrown for 2 of their scores this season. The Bulls do have a solid running back of their own in Marcus Shaw who has rushed for 398 yards this year.
Prediction: Miami by 14
Virginia at Pittsburgh (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
Two 2-1 teams do battle in Pittsburgh on Saturday in a key Coastal division game. The Panthers can pull even with Georgia Tech at 2-1 with a win, just one game behind Virginia Tech.
The Panthers have a huge big play strike, led by quarterback Tom Savage who has thrown for a whopping 861 yards and 9 touchdown passes.
Savage has two exceptional receivers to pass to in Devin Street and Tyler Boyd who both have over 300 yards receiving and have combined for 6 touchdown grabs.
James Conner gives the Panthers a good offensive balance at running back. Conner has 326 yards rushing on the season.
The Cavaliers will throw a running attack at Pittsburgh who averages 196 yards a game.
Their defensive statistics are misleading due to the stomping Oregon gave them in their second game but the Cavs have only given up 26 points in their other two games combined.
David Watford is the signal caller on offense. He has thrown 4 touchdown passes this season.
Prediction: Pittsburgh by 3
Troy at Duke (Saturday, 3:00 pm)
Duke has lost 2 straight games after starting 2-0 this season. Both losses are conference games.
The Blue Devils will rely on Brandon Connette who has thrown for 8 touchdown passes and run for 4. He is the teams second leading rusher giving them 169 yards from the quarterback position.
With Jamison Crowder as a target, the Blue Devils have a big time receiver for Connette to explore.
Duke is facing a Troy squad who likes to air it out on offense. The Trojans average 310 yards passing per game led by quarterback Corey Robinson who has nearly 1000 yards passing and 8 touchdown passes.
Troy has given up a lot of points to the quality opponents on their schedule so look for this one to resemble a shoot out.
Prediction: Duke by 10
8)Florida State at Boston College (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
The Seminoles travel to Chestnut Hills to face a surprising Eagles team whose only loss is to Southern Cal.
Florida State has yet to be tested in this young season with 3 lopsided victories. And the Noles do it from both sides of the ball. They are 5th in the country scoring points and 3rd in the country in points allowed.
Led by Jameis Winston at quarterback and a number of solid receivers in the cupboard, they can strike quickly and efficiently.
The high scoring Seminole team will face a pretty solid defensive team in Boston College.
On offense Chase Rettig leads the Eagles with 4 touchdown passes. BC likes run Andre Williams and why not? Williams has 356 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
Prediction: Florida State by 28
Central Michigan at N.C. State (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
The Wolfpack look to shake off the disappointing conference loss to Clemson last week with an out of conference opponent at Carter-Finley Stadium this week.
Pete Thomas who is still finding his way at quarterback, will look for his first touchdown pass of the season against the Chippewas.
Matt Dayes has rushed for 3 touchdowns this season for N.C. State. With a victory, the Wolfpack can go to 3-1 on the season.
Central Michigan enters the game at 1-3 with their only victory against New Hampshire. With Titus Davis coming into the ball game with 404 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions, quarterback Cooper Rush has a big time weapon at his disposal.
Prediction: N.C. State by 27
Wake Forest at 3)Clemson (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
Tajh Boyd and the Tigers return to Death Valley for their second conference game in as many weeks.
Boyd has passed for 6 touchdowns and run for 3 on the season. Sammy Watkins is back to his old form with 242 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Tigers already have wins against Georgia and N.C. State under their belt as they look to continue their undefeated season.
The Deacons come into the game 2-2 fresh off a win at Army. Tanner Price runs the ship at quarterback for Wake, passing for 852 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Wake Forest brings a defensive team to the field who has only averaged 15.8 points per game against them.
Prediction: Clemson by 34