Destination / College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Local Colleges

November 02, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Inside the ACC

Game to watch

No. 5 Miami (6-1, 3-1) @No. 3 Virginia Tech (8-0, 5-0)

When -- Saturday, 7:45 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

Outlook -- Where will the points come from? Miami leads the nation in three defensive categories - total defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense. The Hokies are ranked among the top three in four defensive categories and are allowing only 9.1 points per game, best in the country. Field position and special teams should decide it.

Player to watch

Miami tailback Tyrone Moss

The skinny -- With a bit of daylight against that swarming Tech unit, Moss might be able to hurt the Hokies enough to make the difference. He is averaging a league-best 129.5 yards rushing per game in league play and is coming off a career-high 195 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 34-16 win over North Carolina.

Story line

Georgia Tech making a move

The skinny -- It looks as if the Yellow Jackets might break out of the seven-win club under fourth-year coach Chan Gailey. With road games left against Virginia and Miami and home dates left with Wake Forest and Georgia - and a defense that is playing extremely well again - Tech might be headed for an 8-3 record and a bowl game after Christmas.

By the numbers

78 -- First-year freshmen who have played this year in the ACC. Duke (14), Florida State (12) and Virginia (11) have played the most true freshmen, while Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each have played only one.

3 -- Times in league history that two ACC schools ranked in the top five will have played each other once fifth-ranked Miami visits No. 3 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

81.9 -- Percent of field-goal attempts converted by Virginia senior Connor Hughes, who has made 59 of 72 and is tied for 11th on the ACC career scoring list with 294 points.

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