Best matchup

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Louisville pass­ing of­fense vs. Bos­ton Col­lege pass de­fense. Heis­man win­ner La­mar Jack­son and the Car­di­nals lead the ACC in both to­tal of­fense (557 ypg) and pass­ing of­fense (363 ypg).

The Ea­gles’ de­fense has taken a step back this sea­son but is still strong against the pass, rank­ing third in the league with an av­er­age of 182 yards al­lowed.

In­side the num­bers

ACC teams are scor­ing less fre­quently than the other teams across the na­tion.

The ACC is the only power con­fer­ence with­out a team in the top 20 in scor­ing of­fense. The high­estscor­ing team in the ACC — Louisville, at 37.5 points per game — ranks 25th na­tion­ally.

Long shot

Pitts­burgh (2-4, 0-2) has a home-field ad­van­tage against No. 20 North Carolina State, so maybe that can boost a Pan­thers team against a surg­ing Wolf­pack squad.

N.C. State (5-1) is 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2002 and is a 12-point fa­vorite, but has stum­bled in th­ese types of games be­fore — though this year’s group is po­si­tion­ing it­self as the prime chal­lenger to reign­ing na­tional cham­pion Clem­son in the At­lantic Di­vi­sion race.

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