• Louisville is 5-2 with a six-point loss at Clemson and a two-point loss at Virginia. Most coaches would at least publicly express satisfaction with that record. Not Bobby Petrino.
“We are not happy with being 5-2; you look back on it and say you had the opportunity to be 7-0 and that is where we want to be, that is what we are working and striving for and that is where I would rather be,” Petrino said at his weekly press conference Monday.
The Cardinals, who have won 17 of their past 20 homes games, host N.C. State at 3:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Carolinas).
• Clemson hasn’t lost to an ACC team other than Florida State since 2011, when it lost 37-13 at N.C. State. That’s a span of 18 games. That streak is in jeopardy with dynamic freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson on the shelf with a hand injury.
Boston College leads the ACC in rushing (315.7 yards per game) and the relative soft spot of Clemson’s defense has been stopping the run. Georgia ran for 328 yards against the Tigers in the opener. The Eagles don’t have a back of Todd Gurley’s caliber, but coach Steve Addazio is creative with his offense.
Addazio, who has gone 11-8, took over a program that went 2-10 in 2012. Resourcefulness has been his forte.
“My thing is I’m going to try to find a way to win this game,” Addazio said at his weekly press conference Monday. “I’m not trying to find a way to be cute.”
• Notre Dame became the most recognized brand in college football by winning games like Saturday’s trip to Florida State. The Fighting Irish beat No. 1 Florida State – and Bobby Bowden’s best team – 31-24 in 1993, but that game was in South Bend, Ind.
You would be hard-pressed to identify Notre Dame’s best win in the 21-year interim. The Irish’s best game since was probably a 34-31 home loss to No. 1 USC in 2005. Note that was also at home and note it was a loss. There’s modern Notre Dame mythology in a nutshell for you.
Three to watch
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State, 8 p.m. (ABC)
A major chance for the Seminoles (6-0), who have won 22 straight, to replenish their national stock against the unbeaten Fighting Irish (6-0).
No. 24 Clemson at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Even bad Boston College teams have given the Tigers (4-2) fits in Chestnut Hill. This is a good version of the Eagles (4-2).
Virginia at Duke, 12:30 p.m. (WRAL)
The Cavaliers (4-2) were up 22-0 in last year’s game, ended up losing 35-22 and didn’t come that close to winning the rest of the season. The Blue Devils (5-1) can take control of the Coastal Division with their sixth win in seven games in the series.
Number to know
14-2 Georgia Tech’s record against North Carolina since Mack Brown took the Tar Heels to Atlanta in 1997 and beat the Yellow Jackets 16-13. Both of UNC’s wins since have been in Chapel Hill, in 2004 and ’08.