- Giovani Bernard. Not only is North Carolina’s redshirt (and draft eligible) sophomore the ACC rushing leader, he leads the nation in scoring, all-purpose yards and punt return average. With two punt return touchdowns, including the 74-yard game-winner with 13 seconds left against N.C. State last week.
- Sugary Clemson. Phil Steele and other analysts have the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl, providing they win out. A projected Superdome foe is Georgia, due at Death Valley for the 2013 season opener.
- Dustin Hopkins. The Florida State kicker and Clemson-killer (2010) seized the ACC career field goal record at 81 with a career-long 56-yard boot vs. Duke.
- Alex Amidon. Boston College wide receiver is fourth in the nation in receiving yards.
- Notre Dame. Oklahoma win is good publicity for the ACC office, whether the Fighting Irish are coming in as a full football member or not.
- Coastal race. With North Carolina ineligible for postseason play, there might be a four-way logjam of 4-4 teams atop the division: Duke (3-2), Miami (3-2 going into tonight’s game against Virginia Tech), Virginia Tech (2-2) and Georgia Tech (2-3).
- Beamer Ball. The venerable Hokies head coach has 255 wins, most among active FBS coaches. But 4-6 over the last 10 games.
Triple-optionless. Georgia Tech in its 41-17 loss to BYU failed to score a touchdown on offense for the first time since a 2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl loss to LSU.
Minor bowls. The ACC might not be able to fill its Independence Bowl, Music City Bowl and Military Bowl spots, particularly if Clemson is the conference’s second BCS team.
Virginia. Six losses in a row since the 17-16 Penn State victory, which is still the ACC’s best non-conference win.
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