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Saturday’s Area Football Game Previews

N.C. STATE (5-3, 1-3 ACC) AT BOSTON COLLEGE (3-6, 0-6)

Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 12:30 p.m. (WBTV)

The Eagles rank No. 1 in the country in total defense (223.8 yards per game), rushing defense (64.2 yards per game) and tackles for loss (9.8 per game). Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett has averaged 240.5 passing yards per game the last two weeks, after throwing for an average of 148 in the first two ACC games.

Joe Giglio

JOHNSON C. SMITH (4-5, 3-3 CIAA) AT LIVINGSTONE (4-3, 3-3)

Alumni Memorial Stadium, Salisbury, 1 p.m.

The Golden Bulls-Blue Bears rivalry dates back to 1898, but the teams have played each other annually since 1963. … Since then, J.C. Smith leads the series 30-21-1, including wins in the past six Commemorative Classic games.

DAVIDSON (1-7, 0-5 PIONEER) AT JACKSONVILLE (6-2, 3-2)

D.B. Milne Field, Jacksonville, Fla., 1 p.m.

The Wildcats are 6-11 all-time against the Dolphins, who have won the past six games. … Davidson’s last win over Jacksonville came in 2008 at Richardson Stadium. … The Wildcats have lost 22 consecutive league games, dating to the 2012 season.

WINGATE (6-3, 3-2 SAC) AT MARS HILL (4-5, 3-2)

Meares Stadium, Mars Hill, 1 p.m.

The winner of Saturday’s game between the Bulldogs and Lions could move into second place in the South Atlantic Conference. … Mars Hill enters riding a two-game winning streak, while Wingate has lost its past two games by a combined nine points.

FLORIDA STATE (7-1, 5-1 ACC) AT CLEMSON (8-0, 5-0)

Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C., 3:30 p.m., ABC

The third-ranked Tigers host the 17th-ranked Seminoles with first place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division and a berth in the ACC Championship game on the line. … The winner of this game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division the past six years, and has won the ACC Championship the past four years.

GARDNER-WEBB (3-5, 2-2 BIG SOUTH) AT COASTAL CAROLINA (7-1, 2-1)

Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C., 3:30 p.m.

The eighth-ranked Chanticleers, playing their final season in the Big South, are 10-2 against the Bulldogs since 2003, including the past three games. … Gardner-Webb is 1-1 against Top 25 opponents this season, beating then-No. 15 Liberty and losing to then-No. 20 Charleston Southern.

SOUTH CAROLINA (3-5, 1-5 SEC) AT TENNESSEE (4-4, 2-3)

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn., 4 p.m., SEC Network

The Volunteers are 24-7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks, including wins in the past two games. … However, both of those wins came by three points or less, including last year’s 45-42 overtime victory. … South Carolina has only won twice in 17 tries at Neyland, the last coming in 2011.

SOUTH FLORIDA (4-4, 2-2 AAC) AT EAST CAROLINA (4-5, 2-3)

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, N.C., 7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

The Pirates are 1-4 all-time against the Bulls, but that lone win came last year in Tampa, Fla., the two teams’ first American Athletic Conference game. … East Carolina is 3-1 at home this season, and needs to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight year.

Bill Kiser

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