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Saturday’s area college football games: Here are 11 matchups to watch

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (left) and the Blue Devils will visit Virginia Tech on Saturday. Jones is a former standout at Charlotte Latin.
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (left) and the Blue Devils will visit Virginia Tech on Saturday. Jones is a former standout at Charlotte Latin. bthomas@heraldsun.com

SATURDAY’S MATCHUPS

No. 8 MIAMI (6-0, 4-0 ACC) at NORTH CAROLINA (1-7, 0-5)

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, noon, ESPN2

The Hurricanes rank second in the ACC in total offense but eighth in touchdowns. They’ve relied a lot on kicker Michael Bagdley, who has made 11 of 12 field goal tries this season.

LOUISVILLE (5-3, 2-3 ACC) at WAKE FOREST (4-3, 1-3)

BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, noon, WBTV

The Deacons are 87th nationally in defending the run and are facing arguably the nation’s most mobile quarterback in Lamar Jackson. But Wake QB John Wolford could thrive against a shaky Louisville pass defense.

No. 14 N.C. STATE (6-1) at No. 9 NOTRE DAME (6-1)

Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind., 3:30 p.m., WCNC

Notre Dame has 28 rushing touchdowns this season, but the Wolfpack is sixth nationally in rushing defense. The winner remains in the race for the FBS playoffs.

DUKE (4-4, 1-4 ACC) at No. 13 VIRGINIA TECH (6-1, 2-1)

Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va., 7 p.m., WMYT

The Blue Devils are struggling, and now QB Daniel Jones and the offense must solve a Hokies defense that thoroughly shut down North Carolina’s passing game last week. Virginia Tech’s Cam Phillips is averaging nearly 100 receiving yards a game.

GEORGIA TECH (4-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 7 CLEMSON (6-1, 4-1)

Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C., 8 p.m. WSOC

The Yellow Jackets and Tigers rank 1-2 in ACC offense and are near the top in defense. Clemson’s defense must stop the Jackets’ Taquon Marshall and Kirvonte Benson, the ACC’s top two rushers.

VANDERBILT (3-4, 0-4 SEC) at SOUTH CAROLINA (5-2, 3-2)

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Gamecocks WR Bryan Edwards had 110 yards in receptions last year against the Commodores. Vanderbilt has lost four straight after a strong start and has been hurt by a porous defense, especially the secondary.

APPALACHIAN STATE (5-2) at MASSACHUSETTS (1-6)

Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, Mass., 3:30 p.m.

Butler High product Clifton Duck’s four interceptions for the Apps are tops in the Sun Belt Conference. Andrew Ford and Ross Comis have alternated at quarterback this season for the Minutemen, who won for the first time last week and are playing their final home game of the season.

TEXAS STATE (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) at COASTAL CAROLINA (1-6, 0-4)

Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C., 6 p.m.

Coastal Carolina QB Tyler Keane has been sharp in his past three games. The visitors, coached by West Charlotte High product Everett Withers, have not beaten an FBS opponent this season.

DAVIDSON (2-5, 0-4 Pioneer Football) at DRAKE (4-3, 3-1)

Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa, 2 p.m.

Davidson RB Wesley Dugger leads the league in rushing (103 yards a game), and Drake QB Grant Kraemer is the Pioneer’s top passer (251 yards a contest).

LIBERTY (3-4, 0-2 Big South) at GARDNER-WEBB (1-6, 0-1)

Spangler Stadium, Boiling Springs, noon

It’s the Big South’s best passing QB, Liberty’s Stephen Calvert (322 yards a game), against the top running QB, the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ Tyrell Maxwell (87 yards a game).

JOHNSON C. SMITH (1-7, 1-4 CIAA) at ST. AUGUSTINE’S (3-5, 3-2)

George Williams Athletic Complex, Raleigh, 1 p.m.

The Golden Bulls, coming off their first victory of the season, have a three-game winning streak against St. Augustine’s. But the host Falcons are in a three-way tie for first place in the CIAA South and are vying for a championship game berth.

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