If N.C. State has any chance of duplicating its 2012 home upset of FSU, it has to find the same soft spots in FSU’s front. Getting the more mobile Winston back, after a one-game suspension, will help the Seminoles’ offense (32.2 points per game), which has not been nearly explosive this season as it was a year ago (51.6 points per game).
Clemson doesn’t have the same explosive talent at the skill positions that it has enjoyed in recent seasons. After a disaster against Georgia, the emergence of the defense against FSU was the best possible news for coach Dabo Swinney.
Duke ran for 358 yards in last year’s 48-30 win over the Canes in Durham. Senior Josh Snead had 138 yards on just nine carries.
Three to watch
No. 1 FSU at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
The Seminoles (3-0) survived against Clemson without quarterback Jameis Winston. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner returns to the lineup against the Wolfpack (4-0), who have won the past two home meetings with FSU.
UNC at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Just the fourth game between original ACC members since 2003, the Tigers (1-2) have won the last meetings in Death Valley by an average of 33 points.
Duke at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Blue Devils (4-0) kick off their pursuit of another Coastal Division title at Miami (2-2), which has struggled on defense, especially against the run.
Number to know
7 ACC wins by N.C. State over Florida State, the most by any conference team since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992.