With the Virginia Cavaliers bowl watch starting to heat up, we’re going to start highlighting more of the games that could impact the Hoos’ season. With that said, here are some of the games you should pay attention this week:
Virginia Cavaliers at N.C. State Wolfpack:
When the Cavaliers travel to Raleigh to play the Wolfpack, they’ll face their toughest challenge of the season so far. The secondary, who many consider to be an elite bunch, will really have to come to play on Saturday, having to defend QB Ryan Finley’s vaunted passing attack. The Hoos currently stand as 5.5 point underdogs.
TV - ACC Network, 12:20 PM
Syracuse Orange at #3 Clemson Tigers:
Remember when the Orange beat the undefeated Tigers at home last year? I do. And, more importantly, I’m sure Dabo Swinney and his crew do as well. Still, Syracuse has played well thus far, picking up four wins in a row, including a 30-7 beatdown of Florida State, to start off the season. We’ll see how Clemson and new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence handle ‘Cuse this time around.
TV - ABC, 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech Hokies at #22 Duke Blue Devils:
Shockingly, Duke enters this game as the one ranked in the polls, while Virginia Tech, following their historic upset loss to Old Dominion, dropped out of the AP Top 25. The Hokies, who will play without quarterback Josh Jackson and defensive end Trevon Hill, will look to return to form on Saturday in what is a crucial early ACC Coastal contest.
TV - ESPN2, 7:00 PM
North Carolina Tar Heels at #16 Miami Hurricanes:
Miami struggled out of the gate, getting embarrassed by LSU in their opener in a game they were favored to win. After three consecutive wins over non-Power 5 teams, a convincing victory over the Tar Heels tonight, who finally got their first win of the season last week over Pittsburgh, could do a lot for their confidence.
TV - ESPN, 8:00 PM