Plenty of questions loom ahead of Saturday’s college football slate: is Virginia in rebuild mode or do they have a real shot at making an upper echelon ACC bowl game? Can Miami compete for a national championship? Does North Carolina deserve a top ten ranking? How good is Virginia Tech, actually?
In a weekend that boasts some of the best conference matchups in 2020 thus far, we should expect at least some answers to those questions. Here’s what to pay attention to:
Following a loss to No. 1 Clemson on the road last week, Virginia will host NC State for the first time since 2012 on Saturday afternoon. Trying to avoid a two-game slid, the Cavaliers hope quarterback Brennan Armstrong, who rebounded from a tough start to finish with 359 total yards in Week Five, can continue to progress under center and jump start his game earlier. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, will enter Scott Stadium on a high note, coming back to inch previously-unbeaten Pittsburgh, 30-29, behind the arm of first-time starter and redshirt sophomore Devin Leary.
TV - ACC Network, Saturday, 12:00 PM
No. 7 Miami Hurricanes at No. 1 Clemson Tigers
Miami (3-0) forced their way into the national picture following Week Four’s stomping of rival Florida State, 52-10. Death Valley is a different beast, though, so we should see exactly what the Hurricanes are made of during tomorrow night’s contest.
Clemson, by the way, is gunning for its 32nd straight regular season win.
TV - ABC, Saturday, 7:30 PM
No. 19 Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels
Another pair of top-twenty teams will meet in Chapel Hill this weekend, when North Carolina and Virginia Tech go head-to-head. Both the Hokies, who have battled COVID-19 outbreaks since the season’s start, and the Tar Heels have struggled to find rhythm despite their 2-0 starts. They’ll look to straighten things out on Saturday.
TV - ABC, Saturday, 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh and Boston College were oh-so-close to maintaining their unblemished records last week before a pair of back-breaking plays dashed those hopes. Tomorrow afternoon’s game will be an important one, then, as these two teams, who began 2020 so strongly, look to re-gain some confidence with a win.
TV - ACC Network, Saturday, 4:00 PM