Yep, that’s right folks, your Virginia Cavaliers are 4-2, and, dare I say, with a 2-1 conference record, they are ACC Coastal contenders. OK, maybe we aren’t quite at that point yet. In any event, a win at Duke on Saturday would be a huge step towards threatening for the division crown.
Three of the other top teams in the Coastal, Virginia Tech (3-0 ACC), Miami (2-1 ACC), Pittsburgh (2-1 ACC), are all on bye weeks, so all eyes will be on Saturday’s showing at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Virginia Cavaliers at Duke Blue Devils:
Duke is the team that Bronco Mendenhall got his first ACC win against as head coach of the Wahoos. Duke is also the only team that Mendenhall has beaten in each of the previous two years. Daniel Jones, the Blue Devils’ quarterback, boasts a whopping two touchdown to seven interception ratio against Virginia’s defense as a starter. But all of that is in the past. If the Hoos want to really assert themselves in the division, they’ll need to get by Duke once more.
TV - Saturday, ACC Network, 12:30 PM
#16 NC State Wolfpack at #3 Clemson Tigers:
The marquee matchup in the ACC this weekend is Saturday’s contest at Memorial Stadium between the Wolfpack and the Tigers. NC State has played Clemson, one of college football’s biggest powerhouses, to close games over the last two years, nearly knocking them out in 2016, the same year Clemson went on to win the national championship. If Ryan Finley, one of the nation’s best quarterback prospects, and the rest of the Wolfpack can get over the hump this year, NC State would play themselves right into the middle of the College Football Playoff conversation.
TV - Saturday, ESPN, 3:30 PM