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College Football Destination

Atlantic Coast Conference, Maryland, Navy

September 21, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Game to watch

No. 15 Georgia Tech (3-0, 1-0) at No. 4 Virginia Tech (3-0, 2-0)

When -- Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook -- Two fine defenses square off in Blacksburg, Va., where the Hokies have the edge, and not just in home-field advantage. With starting QB Reggie Ball ailing, Georgia Tech probably will lean on redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett, who completed 11 of 30 passes against Connecticut last week.

Player to watch

Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst

The skinny -- Whitehurst, who leads the Tigers at home against Boston College on Saturday, needs 42 yards to become the 12th player in ACC history to reach the 8,000-yard passing mark.

Story lines

Florida State

The skinny -- Is there a more disruptive, individual force on defense than Florida State senior linebacker A.J. Nicholson? In Saturday's 28-17 win at Boston College, Nicholson recorded 19 tackles and intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown.

Georgia Tech

The skinny -- Georgia Tech quarterback Ball, who was hospitalized on Saturday and missed the Yellow Jackets' 28-13 win over Connecticut, has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. He is questionable for Saturday's showdown at Virginia Tech.

By the numbers

2 -- Number of 100-yard receiving games by Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, the only ACC player with a pair so far.

5.3 -- Average number of points allowed by Virginia Tech, which leads the nation in scoring defense.

286 -- Average total offense produced by North Carolina QB Matt Baker, who also leads the ACC with 16.5 yards per completion.

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