Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league, and ESPN's Stats & Information department for this week's notes.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Junior kicker Nate Freese is one of four kickers in the country who has not missed an extra point or field goal in 2012. Freese is 9-for-9 in field goal attempts and 17-for-17 in extra-point attempts and joins Northwestern's Jeff Budzien (11-for-11 FGs, 26-for-26 PATs), Alabama's Jeremy Shelley (7-for-7 FGs, 30-for-30 PATs) and Navy's Nick Sloan (6-for-6 FGs, 13-for-13 PATs).
CLEMSON: Tigers walk-on wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez will lead the team down the hill carrying the American flag as part of Military Appreciation Day festivities. Rodriguez is an army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor for his service.
DUKE: After three seasons at running back, Desmond Scott moved to receiver for this season and has been outstanding. Scott ranks sixth in the ACC in receptions per game (5.7), and has 40 catches for 399 yards and one touchdown. With 53 more yards receiving, Scott will become the first player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for rushing, receiving and kickoff return yardage.
FLORIDA STATE: EJ Manuel is completing 56.3 percent of his passes thrown 20 yards or longer this season. It’s the third straight season that his completion percentage has increased on these throws.
GEORGIA TECH: The last time the Yellow Jackets and Eagles met came in 2008, a 19-16 Tech victory in Chestnut Hill. That game was Paul Johnson’s first ever ACC game as Tech’s head coach.
MARYLAND: Maryland will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the school and in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with a ceremony against NC State Saturday. Hill, who transferred to Maryland in 1962, broke the color barrier in 1963 after sitting out a year. Hill emerged as Maryland’s top receiver in 1963, with 43 receptions, and his seven touchdown receptions that year are tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history.
MIAMI: Miami has dropped 8.1 percent of its passes this season, with three drops resulting in interceptions. The Hurricanes’ 23 drops are the second most by any school from an automatic qualifying conference this season.
NORTH CAROLINA: This weekend marks the first meeting between North Carolina and Duke in October since 1938 (Oct. 29), and it is the earliest meeting of the two schools since 1926 (Oct. 16). ... This is just the second time since 1994 that Carolina (5-2) and Duke (5-2) have entered the game with a winning record (2009 was the other).
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Byrd Stadium has not been a friendly destination for the NC State Wolfpack in recent years. NC State has not won a game on Maryland’s home field since Oct. 16, 2004, and has dropped five of the last six contests there. In Raleigh, the Pack have won three of the last four.
VIRGINIA: Virginia has outgained its opponents in three consecutive games, but lost all three games. UVa had 386 yards against Maryland last week while allowing 235. UVa outgained Duke 461 to 394 and posted 625 yards against Louisiana Tech while allowing just 385 yards.
VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech has 27 three-and-outs this season, the most in the ACC and tied for eighth-most in FBS. The Hokies have at least three such drives in every game this season.
WAKE FOREST: The Deacs go into their game against Virginia off a bye. In 12 seasons under Jim Grobe, Wake Forest has gone 6-5 in games immediately following a bye. The Deacons have won five of the past six post-bye games dating back to 2006. In 2011, Wake Forest won at Boston College 27-19 the week after an open date.