by Mike Potter
Three more will be played today, and two of them are at home.
UNC (6-3, 3-2 ACC) will host Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3) and its mind-numbing ground attack at 12:30 at Kenan Stadium, with the Tar Heels having a chance to clinch a winning season with a Homecoming victory. The game will be shown on WRAL.
N.C. Central (6-3, 5-1 MEAC) will continue its now long-shot quests for the MEAC title and an NCAA Division I-FCS playoff berth as the Eagles take on Florida A&M (3-6, 3-3) in a 3 p.m. contest.
And at 3:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium, N.C. State (5-4, 2-3) takes on old rival Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4) with bowl eligibility on the line for both teams. The game will be shown on FOX Sports Carolinas.
Duke (6-4, 3-3) is idle until a trip to Georgia Tech next week.
N.C. State vs. Wake Forest
The most important game may be in Raleigh, as the Wolfpack looks to end a two-game losing streak that included an embarrassing 33-6 home loss to Virginia last week. The Deacons are coming off a 28-14 win over Boston College.
State leads the series with the Deacons 62-37-6, but Wake won 34-27 last season in Winston-Salem. The Wolfpack, which has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with Wake Forest in Raleigh, is a 7½-point favorite.
“Well, certainly the thing is we've got to get back to fundamentals,” State coach Tom O’Brien said. “It's still, once again, the difference in our season has been four games we've lost, we turned the ball over 19 times, and the last two weeks we've dropped 19 balls. Taking care of the football and doing the things that you have to do fundamentally, we do those things, we're successful, we win. That's the formula and that's what we have to get back to.”
Mike Glennon has completed 214 of 376 passes for 2652 yards and 20 TDs with 12 interceptions for the Wolfpack.
Bryan Underwood has 32 catches for 512 yards and 10 TDs, while Tony Creecy has 102 carries for 398 yards and three TDs.
Wake Forest’s Tanner Price has completed 171 of 308 passes for 1852 yards and 12 TDs with five interceptions, while Michael Campanaro has 60 catches for 604 yards and six TDs.
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech leads the series with the Tar Heels 26-18-3, with three straight including a 35-28 win last year in Atlanta.
UNC’s most recent game was its 43-35 win over visiting N.C. State on Oct. 27. Tech rolled up a 33-13 win at Maryland last week. The Tar Heels are eight-point favorites.
“We're excited about getting back out on the field with this team,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said.”The way we walked off the field the last game was very exciting, and I think our players are biting at the bit to get back out there and play together. We're going to have a tremendous challenge this week with Georgia Tech coming in here and what they have to offer. So we're interested in finding out where we are as a football team.”
Bryn Renner has completed 195 of 312 passes for 2386 yards and 18 TDs with six interceptions for the Tar Heels. Gio Bernard has rushed 126 times for 930 yards and 12 TDs, while Eric Ebron has 35 catches for 546 yards and three TDs.
Tevin Washington has completed 55 of 93 passes for 901 yards and four TDs with three interceptions, also rushing 120 times for 511 yards and 16 TDs for the Yellow Jackets.
NCCU at Florida A&M
FAMU leads the series with the Eagles 5-1-1 including a 31-10 romp in Durham last year.
NCCU’s most recent game was a 23-20 overtime homecoming win over Delaware State seven days ago. FAMU lost 16-3 at North Carolina A&T the same day, precipitating the resignation of head coach Joe Taylor on Thursday. The Dunkel Index has the Eagles listed as 5½-point favorites.
“We’re playing at a high level and with a tremendous amount of confidence,” NCCU coach Henry Frazier said. “We’re all on the same page, and it’s fun. That tends to translate to wins.”
Jordan Reid has completed 124 of 202 passes for 1349 yards and 11 TDs with 10 interceptions for NCCU. Andre Clarke has rushed 68 times for 344 yards and nine TDs, while Geo Irvine has 22 catches for 314 yards and three TDs.
Damien Fleming has completed 167 of 244 passes for 1721 yards and 15 TDs with four interceptions for the Rattlers, while Travis Harvey has 50 catches for 663 yards and seven TDs.