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What to Watch: College Football Week Nine

Can Virginia turn their season around on Saturday night?

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

As we approach the halfway point of the college football season (yes, we really are that far along), things are starting to take shape in the ACC standings.

But, if we’ve learned anything from the past five years or so, we know everything not named Clemson is far from a sure bet in this conference. Where will the surprise come from this weekend?

No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Cavaliers

Cavaliers fans hope that their team can be the ones to play spoiler this time around, as the Hoos try to make something of what’s been a disappointing season thus far. Conversely, the Tar Heels will look to build off of last week’s 48-21 stomping of NC State in what was a big bounce back win after Week Seven’s upset in Tallahassee.

Saturday’s contest at Scott Stadium will mark the 124th time these two have met in the South’s Oldest Rivalry. UNC leads the overall head-to-head 63–57–4.

TV - ACCN, Saturday, 8:00 PM

No. 1 Clemson Tigers vs. Boston College Eagles

Clemson looked sloppier than usual in last week’s win against Syracuse, letting the Orange creep within six points halfway through the third quarter before breaking away for a 47-21 victory. Now, Clemson, who will play without their starting quarterback and Heisman front-runner Trevor Lawrence, will host Boston College on Saturday afternoon, hoping to avoid a letdown ahead of next week’s showdown with the Fighting Irish.

TV - ABC, Saturday, 12:00 PM

Virginia Tech Hokies at Louisville Cardinals

After stumbling out of the gates with losses to Miami, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, Louisville has shown signs of life recently, falling by just five at No. 4 Notre Dame before trouncing Florida State, 48-16, in Week Eight. Can they ride the momentum into another conference win and send the Hokies to consecutive losses?

TV - ACCN, Saturday, 4:00 PM