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What to Watch: College Football Week Five

There are three ACC games to look out for on Saturday.

Duke v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

After a tumultuous beginning to the college football season, we now appear—at least for the time being—to be back in the swing of things for conference play.

So, now that the dust has settled, it seems appropriate that we once again start preparing you for what lies ahead this weekend. What better way to kick things off than with Saturday night’s ACC Championship rematch:

Virginia Cavaliers at No. 1 Clemson Tigers

Let’s be honest. Clemson manhandled Virginia in the conference title game last December. Of course, that is what they’ve they have done to the ACC over the past five years under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Powered by a bevy of five stars on both sides of the ball, the Tigers are, simply put, one of the best programs, if not the best program, in the nation...again.

Still, Clemson has been prone to the upset, or at least the upset scare, over the years. Consider 2019’s one-point win over North Carolina or their losses to Syracuse and Pittsburgh in 2017 and 2016, respectively. Maybe Saturday is Virginia’s turn to make the Tiger contingent sweat one out?

TV - ACC Network, 8:00 PM

No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels at Boston College Eagles

Coming into 2020 with high expectations, the 12th-ranked Tar Heels looked shaky on the road at Syracuse in the first half. They’d rebound, pulling away from the Orange in the fourth quarter to secure a 31-6 win, but dark horse Heisman candidate Sam Howell would finish just 25-34 with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Their offense will look to find more consistency tomorrow afternoon in Chestnut Hill.

TV - ABC, 3:30 PM

Syracuse v North Carolina
Quarterback Sam Howell
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

NC State Wolfpack at No. 24 Pittsburgh Panthers

Defense has fueled Pittsburgh to a 3-0 start, as the Panthers have picked up wins over both Syracuse and Louisville to start their ACC campaign. NC State, meanwhile, has squeaked by a Wake Forest team that is expected to take a step back this year and got trounced by a depleted Virginia Tech squad in Week Four.

TV - ACC Network, 12:00 PM