Published November 05, 2015
A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Week 10:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Florida State at Clemson. First place in the Atlantic Division is on the line once again when the 17th-ranked Seminoles (7-1, 5-1, No. 16 CFP) visit the third-ranked Tigers (8-0, 5-0, No. 1 CFP). Clemson will clinch the division title with a win, while Florida State would need to also beat North Carolina State the following week. The Tigers have been tough to stop lately, rolling up at least 500 total yards in four straight games and gaining 623 in a 56-41 win over the Wolfpack. ''Some games,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, ''always have a little extra juice to them.''
BEST MATCHUP: North Carolina's offense vs. Duke's defense. The Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0) haven't been held to fewer than 413 yards all season and have rolled up seven straight wins. The Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1) have the ACC's No. 2 scoring defense (16.1 ppg) and No. 3 total defense (295 ypg). ''This is the best North Carolina team that I've seen,'' Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Retiring Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has 277 career victories - the most among active coaches and sixth-best on the NCAA's career list. That number is even more impressive when you consider this: Jimbo Fisher has averaged 11.6 wins during five seasons coaching Florida State. Even if he stays at that pace, he won't catch Beamer for another 19 years.
LONG SHOT: Boston College at least has history on its side when N.C. State visits. The Eagles, losers of five straight, are 4-point underdogs to a Wolfpack team that hasn't won in Boston since 1937. BC (3-6, 0-6) has the league's best total defense (224.3 ypg) and scoring defense (13.3 ppg), but clearly needs more from an offense that has managed a total of just six touchdowns in six ACC games.
PLAYER TO WATCH: What will Miami DB Corn Ellis do for an encore? After taking the last of eight laterals 91 yards for the game-ending touchdown in Miami's hotly debated 30-27 win over Duke - his second special-teams score of the season - Ellis faces one of the most turnover-prone teams in the league. Virginia has thrown 14 interceptions this season while Miami has picked off 11 passes.
Compiled by AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, North Carolina.