Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Extra

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

GAME OF THE WEEK

Virginia at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. Saturday: The Hokies can thank their rivals for getting them into the ACC, with the help of a gubernatorial power play. The niceties end there. Two of the nation's top 10 scoring defenses square off in the biggest game the state has ever seen.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Mark [Richt] is a class act and I'm sure he'll handle it in an appropriate manner . . .."

Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, on his concerns about playing Georgia in light of recent brawls among rival teams.

ON THE SPOT: The Virginia Cavaliers have managed to stay in the Top 25 all season without defeating a quality opponent. Their last chance comes at Blacksburg, where they can claim a share of the ACC title by denying the Hokies an outright crown.

POWER POLL

RANKINGS

1. VIRGINIA TECH

Record: 8-2, 5-1 ACC.

Last week (1): def. Maryland 55-6.

Saturday: vs. Virginia.

Update: Uncommon big game in Commonwealth.

2. MIAMI

Record: 8-2, 5-2 ACC.

Last week (2): def. Wake Forest 52-7.

Saturday: idle.

Update: 'Canes await visit from Hokies.

3. VIRGINIA

Record: 8-2, 5-2 ACC.

Last week (4): def. Georgia Tech 30-10.

Saturday: at Virginia Tech.

Update: Share of title at stake in Blacksburg.

4. FLORIDA STATE

Record: 8-3, 6-2 ACC.

Last week (3): lost 20-13 to Florida.

Saturday: Regular season completed.

Comment: Changes coming for impotent FSU offense.

5. BOSTON COLLEGE*

Record: 8-2, 4-1 Big East.

Last week (5): def. Temple 34-17.

Saturday: at Syracuse.

Update: Victory sends Eagles out with Big East title.

6. NORTH CAROLINA

Record: 6-5, 5-3 ACC.

Last week (7): def. Duke 40-17.

Saturday: Regular season completed.

Update: Bunting gets extension, bowl berth, not pink slip. …

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