ACC Week 6 Preview: Part 2
by Bubba Rosenbaum (@BubbaRosenbaum on Twitter)
October 9, 2015
Earlier today, we took a look at four of this week’s match-ups involving ACC teams.
Below, we take a look at the other three games on this week’s schedule.
Above: Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech will be looking to avoid the program’s first 4-game losing streak since 1996.
Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2) at Clemson (4-0, 1-0)–Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)–ABC–3:30 PM
Following an emotional 24-22 victory against Notre Dame, Dabo Swinney and Clemson will look to keep it rolling when struggling Georgia Tech visits “Death Valley” on Saturday.
The Tigers, who lost 28-6 to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta last year, need to start quickly and not allow Paul Johnson’s club–which has dropped 3 straight–to get its triple option attack. Georgia Tech, which suffered a 38-31 loss to UNC after leading 21-0 last week, needs a victory if it is going to contend in the Coastal Division.
If the Tigers take care of the football, their solid rushing game that yields 190 yards should be able to allow for Deshaun Watson and company to exploit the Jackets with a well-balanced attack. The Jackets give up 170 yards per game on the ground.
With Georgia Tech’s backs to the wall, expect a competitive game. However, the Tigers will take care of business and improve to 5-0.
Above: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey will be back in action this afternoon when Syracuse takes on USF in Tampa.
Syracuse (3-1, 1-0) at USF (1-3)–Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)–CBS Sports Network–3:30 PM
The Orange did suffer a 34-24 loss to Leonard Fournette and LSU the last time out two weeks ago.
However, SU has still already matched its win total from 2014 and appears to be very capable of at least making it to a bowl this season.
Dual-threat quarterback Eric Dungey, who has been out since suffering a head injury against Central Michigan in his team’s 30-27 victory over the Chippewas on September 19th, is back and could be a shot in the arm to a unit that was limited to 281 yards by LSU.
USF routed Florida A&M, 51-3, in its opener, but the Bulls will bring a three-game losing streak into the game. Willie Taggart’s club hasn’t topped 17 points in any of the 3 losses (34-14 @ FSU; 35-17 @ Maryland; 24-17 vs. Memphis).
Statistically, both teams have been pretty good at running the football and stopping the run.
Whichever team can establish the run and win the turnover battle will likely win a competitive, low-scoring game with both teams combining for less than 50 points.
Above: Fifth-year head coach Al Golden and the Canes seek to beat the Seminoles for the first time in his tenure.
Miami (FL) (3-1) at Florida State (4-0, 2-0)–Doak Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, FL)–ABC–8 PM
When Miami travels to Tallahassee on Saturday night, the Canes will be looking to snap a four-game skid against their in-state rivals and earn head coach Al Golden a victory that he desperately needs.
Meanwhile, FSU will be looking to continue the recent domination of its cross-state foe and start 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
Although the Seminoles are undefeated, they’ve had their share of slow starts and struggles. Last week, they were taken to the wire by Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, but held on for a 24-16 win.
Everett Golson hasn’t turned any heads, but the senior signal-caller has given his team a chance to succeed while getting acclimated to a new playbook and personnel.
With the stellar running of Dalvin Cook (570 yards, 8.6 ypc, 6 TD), Golson hasn’t had to be great against the schedule FSU has faced to date. He has thrown it around 20 times per game–with about 1/3 of those coming at or behind the line of scrimmage–and not made mistakes. He has connected on 64 percent of his attempts while throwing for 786 yards, seven touchdowns and not a single interception.
Miami is 3-1, but suffered a 34-23 loss at Cincinnati on October 1.
If the Canes are going to pull the road upset, they will need to stop the run and force Golson to throw it more and further than anyone else has to date.
Quarterback Brad Kaaya and running back Joseph Yearby lead a Hurricanes’ offense that will easily be the best that FSU has seen.
How will the Noles’ defense that is allowing just 11.5 points and 280 yards per game hold up?