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Inside the ACC 09.27.14

Observations



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.

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