Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Coast Conference

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Atlantic Coast Conference

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NO. 15 CLEMSON (4-1, 2-1) AT WAKE FOREST (5-0, 1-0), NOON, ESPN: The Demon Deacons take aim at their best start in 62 seasons against the surging Tigers, who lead the ACC in total offense and total defense. Shutting down Clemson's powerful running attack, led by James Davis, will be Wake's defensive focus. Tigers quarterback Will Proctor might have to be a difference-maker.

MARYLAND (3-1, 0-0) AT NO. 18 GEORGIA TECH (4-1, 2-0), 3:30 P.M.: The Terrapins, the last team to play a league game, will have their hands full against the surging Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech's offensive triumvirate of Reggie Ball, Calvin Johnson and Tashard Choice should be able to exploit Maryland's inexperienced defense.

VIRGINIA (2-3) AT EAST CAROLINA (1-3), 6 P.M.: Don't be fooled by the Cavaliers' 37-0 shutout of Duke. Virginia's rock-solid defense could give mobile Pirates quarterback James Pinkney problems, but its ongoing offensive woes won't provide a chance to break open the game.

Bob Thomas/The Times-Union

BIG TEN

GAME OF THE WEEK

MICHIGAN STATE (3-2, 0-1) AT NO. 6 MICHIGAN (5-0, 2-0), 4:30 P.M., ESPN: The last five quarters haven't been good to the Spartans. Entering the fourth quarter against Notre Dame, Michigan State was unbeaten and held a 16-point lead. Then they collapsed against the Fighting Irish, and that extended to last Saturday's inexplicable home loss to Illinois, giving Ron Zook his first Big Ten victory. Now the Spartans go to Michigan Stadium to face an in-state rival that's playing like a national-title contender. Will Jekyll or Hyde show up? If the Wolverines blow out the Spartans, John L. Smith will need to fine-tune his resume. Next week's opponent? Ohio State.

UPSET WATCH

PURDUE (4-1, 1-0) AT NO. 19 IOWA (4-1, 1-1), NOON: Both teams are coming off their first losses, but it's really a gut-check week for the Hawkeyes, who didn't look good defensively against Ohio State, especially against the pass. The Boilermakers' passing game is as good as usual: Quarterback Curtis Painter leads the conference in yards per game (307.6). If Iowa comes out the way Michigan State did after its big-game loss, Purdue will make the Hawkeyes pay.

OTHER GAMES: Northwestern (2-3, 0-1) at Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1), noon; Penn State (3-2, 1-1) at Minnesota (2-3, 0-2), noon; Indiana (2-3, 0-1) at Illinois (2-3, 0-1), noon; Bowling Green (3-2) at No. 1 Ohio State (5-0), 3:30 p.m., CSS.

TV NOTE: At press time, CSS hadn't indicated which game will be televised at noon. It will either be Penn State-Minnesota or Indiana-Illinois.

Scott Kendrick/The Times-Union

BIG 12

GAME OF THE WEEK

NO. 7 TEXAS (4-1, 1-0) VS. NO. 14 OKLAHOMA (3-1, 0-0) IN DALLAS, 3:30 P.M., ABC: The Red River Rivalry is as big as they come, featuring old-fashioned hate between orange- and crimson-clad players and fans. This season, however, the game also will feature inexperienced quarterbacks. Longhorns freshman Colt McCoy (846 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, two interceptions) has played well for a signal-caller of any age, but his competition - save Ohio State - hasn't been close to this level. Sooners senior Paul Thompson boasts nearly identical numbers (930 passing yards, eight touchdowns, three interceptions), but he also has Adrian Peterson to hand the ball and bail him out of jams. If Texas can bottle up Peterson, Oklahoma fans will be disappointed.

UPSET WATCH

NO. 23 MISSOURI (5-0, 1-0) AT TEXAS TECH (4-1, 1-0), 7 P.M., TBS: The Tigers have the ranking, but now comes the test. Missouri rolled through Murray State, Ole Miss, New Mexico, Ohio and Colorado - none of which displays the pass-happy offense that the Red Raiders will unleash tonight against the Tigers' second-ranked defense. Sophomore quarterback Graham Harrell is the captain of Texas Tech's "Air Raid," throwing 222 passes in five games -- good for 149 completions, 1,559 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. …

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