Boston College (5-4, 2-3 ACC)
Next game: vs. N.C. State, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSO
Huddle up: Freshman RB Myles Willis (Marist) ranks fourth in the ACC in kickoff returns (27.2 yards) and eighth in all-purpose yards (109.9) in seven games. His 98-yard return for a TD in the win over New Mexico State was the second-longest in school history. … Maine has replaced Rhode Island on the Eagles’ 2014 schedule. … Injuries to DL Kaleb Ramsey and Jaryd Rudolph, S Sean Sylvia, TE Brian Miller and WRs Spiffy Evans and Harrison Jackson have damaged the Eagles’ depth.
Tweetable fact: RB Andre Williams leads the FBS with 1,471 rushing yards.
Clemson (8-1, 6-1)
Next game: vs. Citadel, noon, Nov. 23
Huddle up: Clemson is one of seven teams that have been ranked in the AP and coaches polls for 41 consecutive weeks, joining Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Stanford. Clemson has been in the top 20 of the BCS standings for 20 consecutive weeks. … C Ryan Norton has been growing his beard since August. “I made a deal … that I wouldn’t shave during the season, so we’ve got another two months of seeing how long this thing can get,” he told the Greenville (S.C.) News.
Tweetable fact: Clemson has four wins over SEC teams in the Top 25 in the past three seasons.
Duke (7-2, 3-2)
Next game: vs. Miami, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Huddle up: S DeVon Edwards (Alcovy) is the Walter Camp and Nagurski national defensive player of the week after he returned two interceptions for TDs in the win over N.C. State. Edwards also returned a kickoff 100 yards. He is the first FBS player to score three non-offensive TDs in a game since 2009. … RB/LB Juwan Thompson (Woodward Academy) is one of the team’s five permanent captains for 2013. “He’s one of the more unselfish football players that we have had anywhere I’ve been,” coach David Cutcliffe said.
Tweetable fact: Duke hasn’t allowed a fourth-quarter TD in the past six games.
Florida State (9-0, 7-0)
Next game: vs. Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Huddle up: Kermit Whitfield, the ACC specialist of the week, had FSU’s first kick return for a TD since 2008 with a 97-yarder, the fourth-longest in school history. … The Seminoles also had two defensive TDs in one game for the first time since 2008. … Backup QB Jacob Coker likely will miss the rest of the season after meniscus surgery. Sean Maguire is the new backup. … FSU is tied for No. 1 in the FBS with 18 interceptions after picking off six passes Saturday.
Tweetable fact: FSU has scored 40 or more points in nine consecutive games.
Maryland (5-4, 1-4)
Next game: at Virginia Tech, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, WUPA
Huddle up: Maryland’s five wins are against teams that are a combined 7-33 against other FBS teams. West Virginia is 4-6, and the other teams — Florida International, Connecticut, Old Dominion and Virginia — are 3-27 against FBS teams. … WR Amba Etta-Tawo (McEachern) had a career-high 109 yards receiving. … Brad Craddock ranks second in the ACC with 16 FGs. … Maryland hasn’t played a road game since Oct. 19, a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest.
Tweetable fact: Maryland has passed for more than 200 yards in all nine games this season and in 10 consecutive games dating to 2012.
Miami (7-2, 3-2)
Next game: at Duke, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
Huddle up: Fans are on QB Stephen Morris after consecutive losses, but coach Al Golden is deflecting blame. “Again, boo me, be frustrated with me,” he told the Miami Herald. “But Stephen Morris? He’s done everything, including stand and fight, here the last two years.” … WR Stacy Coley had a 81-yard TD catch, and WR Allen Hurns had a 84-yard TD catch, career long catches for both. … Dallas Crawford has 11 TDs, the second Miami RB with double-digit TDs since 2005. Duke Johnson had 11 in 2012.
Tweetable fact: Miami has 21 takeaways, one from matching the 22 it had last season.
North Carolina (4-5, 3-3)
Next game: at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Huddle up: WR Ryan Switzer has thrown for a TD, scored on a reception and returned a punt for a score this season. … The Tar Heels have won three consecutive games since starting 1-5. … LB Shakeel Rashad could have redshirted, but recovered from what was thought to be a season-long injury to play Saturday. He made two tackles. … The Tar Heels have 32 TDs this season, 24 of which have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.
Tweetable fact: North Carolina has at least 400 yards of offense in 17 of 21 games under coach Larry Fedora.
N.C. State (3-6, 0-6)
Next game: at Boston College, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, FSSO
Huddle up: WR Rashard Smith (Dublin) leads the ACC with 17.3 yards per return, eighth in the FBS. … RB Shadrach Thornton (Liberty County) has rushed for 100 or more yards in two of the past three games, but six players have led the Wolfpack in rushing this season. Thornton has averaged 79.4 yards per game. … Defensive-line depth has been hurt by injuries to DTs A.J. Ferguson, Thomas Teal and Carlos Gray and DE Forrest West.
Tweetable fact: QBs Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas have combined for 15 interceptions and five TD passes this season.
Pittsburgh (5-4, 2-3)
Next game: vs. North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Huddle up: Ray Vinopal, the ACC DB of the week, picked off two passes and forced a fumble in the upset of Notre Dame. … DT Aaron Donald is on lists for the Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Outland and Lott IMPACT awards and trophies. He leads the FBS with 2.2 tackles for loss per game and has averaged one sack per game. … RB James Conner returned from a shoulder injury to rush for 35 yards Saturday. He has scored six TDs.
Tweetable fact: Pitt can become bowl-eligible for the sixth consecutive season with one more win.
Syracuse (5-4, 3-2)
Next game: at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Huddle up: S Durell Eskridge (upper body) and RB Prince-Tyson Gulley (ankle) are expected to play Saturday. … With Tyson-Gulley hurt, backup RB George Morris (Central Gwinnett), a redshirt freshman, rushed for 50 yards on seven carries. He has 164 yards on 33 carries this season. … OT Sean Hickey is one of 19 Orangemen who have caught a pass this season. … Syracuse has had at least one sack in 12 consecutive games.
Tweetable fact: Syracuse is one of four FBS teams not to allow a 100-yard rusher, a group that includes Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Virginia (2-8, 0-6)
Next game: at Miami, noon Nov. 23, TBD
Huddle up: S Anthony Harris has at least one interception in four consecutive games and ranks second in the FBS with seven. It’s the most interceptions by a Virginia player since Ronde Barber had eight in 1994. … WR Darius Jennings is the 17th player in program history with at least 100 career catches. … Backup QB Greyson Lambert (Wayne County) saw action in his fifth game, going 8-of-13 for 75 yards and a TD in the loss to North Carolina. He’s 16-of-40 for 153 yards.
Tweetable fact: Virginia has three Canadians on its roster, tied for second most in the NCAA.
Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2)
Next game: vs. Maryland, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, WUPA
Huddle up: Logan Thomas holds the school record with 50 career TD passes. He has thrown for 757 yards in the past two games. … Virginia Tech allowed two 80-plus-yard TD passes in the win over Miami, but ranks third in the FBS in total defense (263.1 yards), fourth against the pass (167.9) and against the rush (95.2), and ninth in scoring defense (17.6 points). … The Hokies have an excellent chance of winning the Coastal Division title and playing for the ACC title.
Tweetable fact: AD Jim Weaver, 68, who has Parkinson’s disease, will resign next month.
Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5)
Next game: vs. Duke, noon Nov. 23, TBD
Huddle up: The players were upset that there were a lot of empty seats in Saturday’s loss. “It doesn’t help when you don’t get the support of our students,” LB Mike Olson told the Winston-Salem Journal. “Like that was probably the most disappointing thing.” … Coach Jim Grobe said Tanner Price will remain the starting QB despite throwing three interceptions in four attempts. Backup Tyler Cameron also threw three picks. … Brandon Chubb (Hillgrove) has 70 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and an interception.
Tweetable fact: NG Nikita Whitlock has at least one tackle for loss in eight of the past nine games.