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BOSTON COLLEGE: Through five games, Boston College's opponents have run 428 offensive plays. Nick Clancy, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Steele Divitto and Sean Sylvia represent four of the top five tacklers in the ACC. Clancy leads the nation in tackles per game with 13.6. Pierre-Louis ranks second in the ACC -- and ninth in the nation -- with an average of 11 tackles per game, while Divitto ranks third in the conference and 16th in the nation with an average of 10.4. Sylvia, a defensive back, ranks fifth in the conference and 25th in the nation, with an average of 9.6 tackles per game.
DUKE: Of the 17 previous Duke teams that have started 5-1 or better, none finished with a record under .500. ... Duke has already matched the school record for most games with 34 or more points (5), equaling the mark set in both 1943 and 1989.
FLORIDA STATE: EJ Manuel completed 5 of 6 passes with a touchdown against NC State’s blitz in the first half. He was 0-of-6 against the blitz in the second half. All four of Manuel’s sacks happened when NC State sent five or more pass-rushers.
MARYLAND: The Terps have won two of the past three meetings against rival Virginia in Charlottesville. The road team has won five of the past six meetings.
MIAMI: Miami has trailed in the time of possession battle in seven consecutive games, dating to the 2011 season finale against Boston College. In fact, Miami has won the time of possession battle in only six of 24 quarters this season. The Hurricanes have trailed in seven consecutive quarters.
NORTH CAROLINA: Giovani Bernard’s 9.1-yard rushing average leads the nation, but he is just shy of the qualifying mark for the official NCAA statistics. To qualify, you must play in 75 percent of your team’s games. His 262 rushing yards against Virginia Tech is the second-best individual performance in the country this season.
VIRGINIA: UVa has scored 14 total points in the third quarter this season and has been shut out in the third quarter four games in a row. The last time UVa scored in the third quarter was when it started the second half with an 11-play, 77-yard TD drive against Penn State. UVa also scored a TD against Richmond in the opener in the third quarter, making UVa 2-0 when scoring third-quarter points, and 0-4 when it does not. Since the Penn State third quarter TD, UVa has been outscored in the third quarter, 48-0.
VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech enters Saturday’s game against Duke needing one win for 200 victories at Lane Stadium. The Hokies have compiled a record of 199-69-6 in 274 games at Lane Stadium, which opened in 1964.
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