College Football Destination

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

October 12, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Inside the ACC

Game to watch

Clemson (2-3, 1-3) @ N.C. State (2-2, 1-2)

Time, TV -- Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Outlook -- Last year, six N.C. State turnovers helped Clemson gain a 26-20 victory. A loss for either team would damage their bowl-game hopes.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's editions indicated that Clemson and Virginia are the Division I-A college football teams that have not lost a fumble this season. The two teams are Clemson and Virginia Tech.
The Sun regrets the error.

Player to watch

Wake Forest tailback Chris Barclay

The skinny -- Barclay leads the ACC and is ranked 12th nationally in rushing yards per game (117.2). Let's see how he fares Saturday at Boston College, which is allowing just 70 rushing yards a game, fifth best in the NCAA.

Story line

North Carolina

The skinny -- Four of North Carolina's next five games are at home, yet the 2-3 Tar Heels could be headed for a season-ending tailspin after getting drilled at Louisville, 69-14. Carolina's schedule is rated as the nation's toughest by the Sagarin computer ratings. The Tar Heels' next four opponents are a combined 16-6.

By the numbers

14.4 -- Tackles Maryland senior linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is averaging, third highest in the NCAA.

2 -- Teams in Divison I-A (Clemson and Virginia) that have not lost a fumble this season.

12 -- Interceptions by Georgia Tech, which is tied for the lead nationally in that category. It's two more than the Yellow Jackets had in 2004.

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