May 28, 2024

GAME OF THE WEEK

The clash between Miami and No. 4 Florida State promises to be a headline event, especially considering Florida State’s flawless 9-0 record in the ACC. With last week’s win securing their spot in the ACC title game and eyes on the College Football Playoff, the Seminoles are in top form. On the flip side, the Miami Hurricanes (6-3, 2-3) are seeking redemption after a recent loss to North Carolina State where they failed to score a touchdown. The Hurricanes, despite some setbacks, had thrilling overtime wins against Clemson and Virginia but need to regain momentum.

BEST MATCHUP

In the matchup between No. 24 North Carolina and Duke, the Tar Heels’ versatile offense, led by NFL prospect QB Drake Maye and standout running back Omarion Hampton, faces off against Duke’s robust defense, ranked in the top 10 for allowing only 15.7 points per game. With both teams boasting a 3-2 conference record, this showdown promises an exciting clash of strengths.

LONG SHOT

Georgia Tech enters the lion’s den as a 14 1/2-point underdog against Clemson, but history suggests they might defy the odds. Under coach Brent Key, the Yellow Jackets have pulled off surprise wins against ranked Pitt and UNC teams last year, followed by an impressive victory over then-ranked Miami in October. The Yellow Jackets’ ability to rise to the occasion makes them a potential dark horse in the matchup against Clemson.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

North Carolina State faces a historical challenge when playing at Wake Forest, having won just once in Winston-Salem since 2001. Despite a streak that included notable NFL-bound quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, and Mike Glennon, N.C. State has struggled on Wake Forest’s turf. With a renewed series about 100 miles west along Interstate 40, N.C. State aims to break the curse against Wake Forest.

IMPACT PLAYER

Clemson’s running back Phil Mafah emerges as a key player to watch after a stellar performance against Notre Dame, rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns. With a strong presence in the past two games, Mafah poses a significant threat to Georgia Tech as Clemson aims to maintain their momentum in the upcoming matchup.

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