5 THINGS TO KNOW

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

1. Dale’s Day in Alabama: Not sur­pris­ingly, Gov. Kay Ivey has de­clared this Sun­day in Alabama as “Dale Earn­hardt Jr. Day” as Ju­nior — who turned 43 on Tues­day — makes his last Tal­ladega start in the Cup se­ries. (We’ll add the nec­es­sary qual­i­fier that he can al­ways change his mind.) Earn­hardt (right) has yet to win a race this sea­son, but in case he does, ex­pect the in­ter­net to go crazy.

■ Alabama 500, 2 p.m. Sun­day, NBC 3. ACC show­down tonight: Syra­cuse quar­ter­back Eric Dungey was help­less last Oc­to­ber as he watched Clem­son dis­man­tle the Or­ange in con­vinc­ing fash­ion, a 54-0 beat­down just an­other step on the way to a na­tional cham­pi­onship. Dungey was knocked out of that game in the first quar­ter af­ter a hit to the hel­met and missed the rest of the sea­son. Healthy again, he’s ea­ger to show what he and the Or­ange of­fense can do when the sec­ond-ranked Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) visit the Car­rier Dome tonight. Syra­cuse (3-3, 1-1) is com­ing off a home vic­tory against Pitts­burgh .

■ No. 2 Clem­son at Syra­cuse, 7 p.m., ESPN 4. From the “Go fig­ure” de­part­ment: Mid­ma­jor Troy, which shocked LSU ear­lier this sea­son in the Tigers’ home­com­ing game, was up­set 19-8 late Wed­nes­day by South Alabama, which came into the game 1-4.

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