Inside the ACC

Destination / College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

November 09, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Game to watch

N.C. State (4-4, 2-4) @Boston College (6-3, 3-3)

When -- Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

TV -- ESPN2

Outlook -- The Wolfpack, with promoted sophomore QB Marcus Stone, has won two straight, including an upset over Florida State, to revive its bowl hopes. Boston College has dropped two in a row and once again will turn to sophomore QB Matt Ryan.

Player to watch

Miami RB Charlie Jones

The skinny -- Junior RB Tyrone Moss was the league's most productive back before a knee injury in Saturday's rout at Virginia Tech. Now it's up to the sophomore. Jones had a nice audition in Blacksburg with a career-high 97 yards on 24 carries.

Story lines

Conference in fast company

The skinny -- With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the ACC (25-7 in nonleague play) is the second-ranked conference in the Sagarin computer ratings, trailing only the Big Ten.

What a difference a loss makes

The skinny -- Before its showdown with Miami, Virginia Tech was angling for a berth in the Rose Bowl, where the national championship will be decided. After getting whipped, 27-7, Tech probably won't get into a Bowl Championship Series contest.

By the numbers

5 -- ACC teams that are bowl-eligible. They are Miami, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

98.7 -- Per-game improvement by Clemson in total yardage from a year ago, most in the conference.

90 -- Maryland's ranking among 117 Division I-A teams in rushing defense. The Terps are allowing 180 yards a game on the ground.

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