With the ACC schedule heating up, the games become more important for the Miami Hurricanes. While the Hurricanes control their own destiny in the costal division, losses and wins to teams on their schedule would help the Hurricanes’ strength of schedule.
Week 6, in specific, features all conference games except for Virginia Tech, who will play against Notre Dame. Of the conference games, only two feature games that the Canes will play this season.
Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2) at Louisville (2-3, 0-2), Friday, 7 PM, ESPN
The Friday game features the two teams at the bottom of the ACC. Louisville is coming off a loss to Florida State, where the Seminoles scored 21 points in the second half to take home the win. Georgia Tech has struggled to gather anything consistently on offense and are just two weeks removed from a blow-out loss to Clemson.
Who to root for: Georgia Tech. Miami will meet the Yellow Jackets later in the season and a win could get Georgia Tech back on track.
Syracuse (4-1, 1-1) at Pittsburgh (2-3, 1-1), Saturday, 12:20 PM, Regional
Syracuse are one of the most surprising teams in the nation this season. After dismantling Florida State, Syracuse had the lead against Clemson for most of the game. Despite the eventual loss, there’s a possibility that Syracuse can sneak into the ACC Championship if Clemson drops a game. On the other hand, Pittsburgh have begun to struggle, dropping their last two games to North Carolina and UCF.
Who to root for: Root for Pittsburgh because Miami meets up with them to end their season.
Boston College (4-1, 1-0) at North Carolina State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 12:30 PM, Regional
AJ Dillon and Boston College aren’t exactly too much of a surprise and neither should their performance against Temple. In a 10 point victory, AJ Dillon scored twice and added 161 yards on the ground and helped the Eagles control the game. On the other hand, NC State being a dominance in the ACC is no surprise. Quarterback Ryan Finley has already reached 1000 yards through the air as the Wolfpack handled Virginia last week.
Who to root for: Definitely root for Boston College. The Canes will travel to Massachusetts to meet Boston College in a few weeks while they will not meet NC State.
Clemson (5-0, 2-0) at Wake Forest (3-2, 0-1), Saturday, 3:30 PM, ESPN
Despite the scare in week 5 to Syracuse, the Tigers retained a top 5 spot in the nation. Returning freshman sensation Trevor Lawrence after an early exit last week should give Clemson a significant boost as they battle fellow true freshman Sam Hartman, who has shown flashes of greatness at the college level.
Who to root for: The Canes will not play Wake Forest or Clemson until a possible ACC championship game where Clemson is the more likely choice to play in said game. Root for Clemson.
Florida State (3-2, 1-2) at Miami (4-1, 1-0), Saturday, 3:30 PM, ABC
Coming off a comeback victory against Louisville, Florida State hopes to carry the momentum into the annual rivalry against Miami. However, the Hurricanes are riding a four game winning streak and look to have new light in their offense with the inclusion of N’Kosi Perry as the starting quarterback.
Who to root for: This is the State of the U, we only root for the Hurricanes.
Notre Dame (5-0) at Virginia Tech (3-1, 2-0), Saturday, 8 PM, ABC
Arguably the most likely challenger to the Hurricanes spot in the ACC Championship game, Virginia Tech were able to recover from an embarrassing performance against Old Dominion with a 31-14 win over Duke. However, the games get harder as they battle undefeated Notre Dame, who are coming off a win against Stanford.
Who to root for: The Hurricanes will travel to Lane Stadium to play Virginia Tech. As a result, the game could have more national attention with a win here for Virginia Tech.