Boston College (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
Next game: vs. Florida State, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Huddle up: PETA is upset that Boston College has been using a live bald eagle as a mascot this season for the first time in 47 years. PETA said the school is exploiting, disrespecting and terrifying a live animal, but the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said BC has the correct permits and the bird is being properly handled. … RB Andre Williams leads the ACC in rushing with 118.7 yards per game, but the Eagles rank last in total offense (303.7) and scoring (18.3 points).
Tweetable fact: K Nate Freese has made 82.5 percent of his career field-goal attempts.
Clemson (3-0, 1-0)
Next game: vs. Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Huddle up: OL Isaiah Battle will miss Saturday’s game after he was ejected for punching N.C. State’s Jarvis Byrd last week. … Backup DT Carlos Watkins might miss the game after suffering minor injuries in a car accident Saturday night. He has five tackles. … DE Vic Beasley (Adairsville) is the ACC DL of the week with three sacks in the win over N.C. State. He also forced a fumble that led to a Clemson TD. … K Chandler Catanzaro became Clemson’s career leading scorer with 330 points.
Tweetable fact: Clemson is 3-0 for the third consecutive season.
Duke (2-2, 0-2)
Next game: vs. Troy, 3 p.m. Saturday
Huddle up: WR Jamison Crowder has scored TDs rushing, receiving and on a kick return, the first Blue Devil to do so since Scottie Montgomery in 1999. Crowder had 279 all-purpose yards, fifth-most in school history. … QB Brandon Connette is the first player in school history with 300-plus yards passing and 100-plus yards rushing in one game. He had 323 yards passing and 101 rushing and accounted for six TDs in the 58-55 loss to Pitt.
Tweetable fact: Duke’s 55 points against Pitt was the most scored in a loss in ACC history.
Florida State (3-0, 1-0 in ACC)
Next game: at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Huddle up: The Seminoles rank fifth in the FBS in scoring (52.3 points) and third in points allowed (8.7). … DB Telvin Smith (Lowndes) returned an interception 68 yards for a TD, the first defensive score for the Seminoles this season. … LB Terrance Smith (Southwest DeKalb) had a career-high 12 tackles, a sack and a QB hurry in his first start. … WR Rashad Greene has at least one catch in 18 consecutive games.
Tweetable fact: Eleven players have scored TDs in 2013; 15 players scored TDs for FSU last season.
Next game: at Florida State, TBD Oct. 5
Huddle up: Senior TE Dave Stinebaugh, who missed seven games in 2010 and all of 2011 with knee injuries, scored his first career TD by catching a tipped pass for the first score of a 37-0 win over West Virginia. “Nothing ever seems to be easy with the kind of career I’ve had,” he told the Washington Post. … The Terrapins forced six turnovers and recorded their first shutout since 2008. They have allowed 10.2 points per game, third in the ACC.
Tweetable fact: Maryland has scored more than 30 points in four consecutive games for the first time since 2002.
Next game: at South Florida, noon Saturday, ESPNU
Huddle up: Coach Al Golden on the Hurricanes’ 3-0 start: “The biggest thing has been our approach. It hasn’t been about the opposition, it’s been about what our standard is, what we need to execute and the things we need to improve on. I think the guys have bought in to try and improve every day.” … QB Stephen Morris (bruised right ankle) should be able to play at South Florida. … Miami has allowed two sacks through three games.
Tweetable fact: Miami’s 70-point victory matched the ACC record set by Georgia Tech earlier this year.
North Carolina (1-2, 0-1)
Next game: vs. East Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, WUPA
Huddle up: Coach Larry Fedora isn’t pleased with the running game. “It’s not up to our standards, I’ll put it like that,” he said. The Tar Heels rank last in the ACC with 111.3 yards per game and have averaged 3.3 yards per carry. … QB Bryn Renner tied T.J. Yates (Pope) with 58 career TDs, second on the school’s career list. Darian Durant had 68. … K Thomas Moore hasn’t missed a PAT in his career, covering 57 attempts.
Tweetable fact: OT James Hurst will make his 40th career start Saturday.
N.C. State (2-1, 0-1)
Next game: vs. Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Huddle up: Eleven freshmen have played for the Wolfpack, 11th-most in the country. WRs Bra’Lon Cherry and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have started. … Doug Rhoads, the ACC’s coordinator of officials, said he couldn’t tell if Bryan Underwood stepped out of bounds on an 83-yard run that would have tied the score in last week’s loss to Clemson. One official signaled a TD, but another referee ruled that Underwood stepped out of bounds. … LB D.J. Green (Westside-Macon) had 10 tackles against Clemson.
Tweetable fact: N.C. State has recovered six of its opponents’ fumbles, third in the FBS.
Pittsburgh (2-1, 1-1)
Next game: vs. Virginia, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSO
Huddle up: QB Tom Savage is the ACC’s back of the week after he tied the conference record with six TD passes in the win over Duke. He was 23-of-33 for 424 yards and no interceptions. He ranks ninth in the FBS in passing efficiency. … WR Tyler Boyd is the freshman of the week after he had eight catches for 145 yards. … WR Devin Street has averaged 129 yards per game receiving, fourth in the FBS.
Tweetable fact: Boyd is the first Pitt freshman to have two consecutive 100-yard receiving games since Antonio Bryant in 1999.
Next game: vs. Clemson, Oct. 5, TBD
Huddle up: Syracuse has scored at least 50 points in two consecutive games for the first time since 1997. … LB Cameron Lynch (Brookwood) had 2 1/2 tackles for loss against Tulane. … K Ross Krautman will miss the rest of the season with to a hip injury that requires surgery. Ryan Norton will take his place. … The Orangemen have a six-game winning streak at the Carrier Dome, outscoring opponents 233-83 in that span. … WR Jarrod West has caught at least one pass in 18 consecutive games.
Tweetable fact: Syracuse earned the 700th win in program history and is 700-498-49.
Next game: at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSO
Huddle up: Freshman Eric Smith (Columbia) is the second-string RT behind Jay Whitmire. D.J. Hill (Newton) is the No. 2 middle linebacker and has five tackles in three games. … Virginia rushed for 357 yards, the first time it has surpassed 300 in a game since rushing for 348 against Duke in 2004. … Virginia held VMI to five first downs. … QB David Watford and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas have thrown six interceptions each, tied for most in the ACC.
Tweetable fact: A victory would give Virginia a 3-1 start for the first time since 2007.
Virginia Tech (3-1)
Next game: vs. North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5, WUPA
Huddle up: Freshman CB Brandon Facyson (Northgate) had three interceptions in his first four collegiate games, entering Thursday’s game against Georgia Tech. He and fellow Georgian Detrick Bonner (Luella) make up half of the Hokies’ starting defensive backfield. … The Hokies had nine picks, which ranked second in the nation entering Thursday’s game. They also had recovered a fumble. … Beamer Ball showed up in the win over Marshall. They blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and a field-goal attempt that forced the third OT.
Tweetable fact: Virginia Tech earned the 700th win in program history, moving to 700-441-46.
Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1)
Next game: at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Huddle up: Wake Forest’s only victory over a top-five opponent was a 19-6 win over No. 4 Tennessee on Oct. 26, 1949. Clemson is ranked third. The Deacons are 1-33 against top-five teams. … NG Nikita Whitlock is the ACC defensive lineman of the week with 15 tackles, including three for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. … Wake Forest and Clemson are meeting for the 79th time. The Tigers have won four consecutive games and six of the past seven.
Tweetable fact: Wake Forest hasn’t won at Clemson since 1998.