Duke (4-2, 0-2 ACC) vs. Virginia (2-4, 0-2 ACC)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., Scott Stadium
TV/Radio: RSN, ESPN3 (Online Only), WKIX-102.9, WDNC-620
PPG: Duke 35.8, Virginia 22.3
Allowed: Duke 24.7, Virginia 27.3
3 and out
• Keep an eye on: Junior running back Kevin Parks. The 5-8, 205-pound tailback has carried the load for the Cavaliers this season to the tune of 510 yards on 116 carries through six games. Parks has already eclipsed his touchdown total from last season with six touchdowns, including two separate two touchdown games against Ball State and VMI.
The junior is also a threat in the passing game with 19 receptions for 182 yards this season with two games of 50 or more yards receiving. Parks has been the only bright spot for the Virginia offense over the last two weeks, rushing for over 100 yards in both games and a total of three touchdowns.
• Magic number: 48. The Cavaliers have not exactly been an offensive juggernaut this season, ranking 102nd in the nation in scoring with just 22.3 points per game, but the rushing attack ranks 48th in the nation with 188.8 yards per game. Thanks to the aforementioned Parks and fellow junior Khalek Shepherd, UVA can move the ball on the ground.
• Why Duke is favored: The Blue Devils proved last week that they can stop the running game, which will once again need to be a big key. After holding Navy to just seven points last week at home, Duke will have to prove they can do the same on the road.
The mismatch comes when the Duke offense touches the field. The Cavaliers have given up more than 300 yards passing in their last two games, including a blowout loss to Ball State, 48-27, at home. Thanks to the return of quarterback Anthony Boone, the Devils have no issues blowing the top off UVA’s defense.
Maryland (5-1, 1-1 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2 ACC)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., BB&T Field
TV/Radio: ESPNU, WDRU-105.7, WDRU-1030
PPG: Maryland 31, Wake Forest 20
Allowed: Maryland 21.7, Wake Forest 22
3 and out
• Keep an eye on: Senior quarterback C.J. Brown. Brown has been one of many weapons for Maryland’s offense this season. After suffering a concussion against Florida State two weeks ago, he will once again be the signal caller for the Terrapins.
The 6-3, 210-pound quarterback has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this season except for the FSU game and has rushed for over 100 yards in two games. Brown has accounted for 13 touchdowns through the air or rushing the season and will be tough to contain for the Demon Deacons.
• Magic number: 3-3. Over the last six meetings, Maryland and Wake are even in the series. The kicker here is that during that stretch, the home team has won every meeting, dating back to a 31-24 overtime win for Wake in 2007.
• Why Wake Forest is the underdog: While Wake has shown it can stop the rush, giving up just 159 yards per game on the ground, they struggle against better opponents. Against Clemson, the numbers looked good on paper – just 166 yards rushing – but most of that came in the first half before Tajh Boyd was pulled out of the blowout.
Maryland’s attack is very similar to what Clemson does, albeit not at the same level. The Terps use a rushing quarterback in Brown, similar to Boyd, and a huge play threat in Stefon Diggs, similar to Sammy Watkins, to move their offense down the field. If Wake can’t contain these two weapons in particular, the Deacons will likely fall to 1-3 in the ACC.
Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1 C-USA) vs. East Carolina (4-2, 2-1 C-USA)
Kickoff: Noon, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
TV/Radio: WITN, WPTK-850, WNCT-107.9
PPG: Southern Miss 12.2; East Carolina 34.2
Allowed: Southern Miss 37.2; East Carolina 25
3 and out
• Keep an eye on: Junior wide receiver Markese Triplett. Not many players on the 0-5 Southern Miss team are flashy or standout players, but Triplett has been consistent of late for the Golden Eagles.
Triplett started off the season slowly, but had his best performance of the season in a loss against Florida International, catching seven passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
• Magic number: 11. Southern Miss quarterback Allan Bridgford has thrown 11 interceptions this season, nearly twice as many as touchdowns (six) he’s thrown. With his team desperate for a win and his starting job in question, ECU’s defense will look to capitalize on the senior’s mistakes.
• Why East Carolina is favored: ECU simply outmatches Southern Miss in every facet of the game. The Golden Eagles are giving up over 400 yards of offense per game and will be going against the No. 2 scoring offense and No. 3 passing offense in the C-USA in ECU.
ECU also touts the No. 1 rushing defense and No. 3 total defense. While the Pirates might struggle to find holes in Southern Miss’ passing defense, which ranks No. 2 in C-USA, ECU will still lean heavily on Shane Carden and look for Vintavious Cooper to have a big day.
Other area games
Morgan State (1-5, 1-1 MEAC) at N.C. Central (3-3, 1-1 MEAC), 2 p.m., Durham: After a demoralizing loss to South Carolina State in a Thursday night game, 44-3, they take on a team that is desperate for a win and coming off their first victory of the season against Florida A&M and a bye week.
Winston-Salem State (5-1, 3-0 CIAA) at St. Augustine's (3-3, 2-1 CIAA), 2 p.m., Raleigh: The Eagles play their final game of a three-game homestand against conference-leading Winston-Salem State. With a win, the Falcons would move into a first-place tie with WSSU in the CIAA Southern Division.
Livingstone (2-4, 1-3 CIAA) at Shaw (3-3, 1-2 CIAA), 2 p.m., Durham: The Bears scored their highest point total in their last game against Fayetteville State and will look to continue their offensive fireworks against Livingstone, who is coming off of a 21-14 loss to St. Aug’s.
Jacksonville (2-4, 1-2 PFL) at Campbell (1-5, 0-3 PFL), 2 p.m., Buies Creek: The Camels have been underwhelming all season, but will have a chance to get their first Pioneer League victory when they host the Jacksonville Dolphins, who have lost two straight games and have yet to win a road game this season.
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