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Surging Miami back in ACC Coastal Division race

By The Associated Press
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Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Week 10:

GAME OF THE WEEK

Georgia Tech at Miami. The Hurricanes' 38-34 victory against Pittsburgh put them back in the ACC Coastal Division race at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. Coach Manny Diaz's team has beaten two consecutive teams ranked in the Top 25 behind quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. The 'Canes knocked North Carolina State and then Pittsburgh out of the rankings. The Yellow Jackets (3-5, 2-4) have lost two in a row, but have won two straight against Miami.

BEST MATCHUP

No. 10 Wake Forest (8-0) at North Carolina (4-4). It's a game that doesn't count in conference, but could light up the scoreboard as it features two of the ACC's most productive quarterbacks. The Demon Deacons' Sam Hartman has guided them into the top 10 for the first time in school history, while the Tar Heels' Sam Howell threw for program records of six touchdowns and 550 yards in the last meeting, a 59-53 victory for North Carolina a year ago.

LONG SHOT

Pittsburgh at Duke. The Panthers have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including the past four. They blew a 23-point lad in their last matchup before rallying as Kenny Pickett threw a 26-yard TD pass to V’Lique Carter with 38 seconds remaining. The series has included some wild scoring with the Blue Devils winning 51-48 in double overtime in 2014 and Pitt winning 58-55 in the first meeting between the programs in 2013.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

North Carolina State quarterback Devin Leary has attempted 211 consecutive passes without an interception. That's the ninth-longest streak in ACC history. Virginia’s Matt Blundin is eighth with 213 from 1990-91. Florida State’s Christian Ponder (2009) and Chris Weinke (1999) are tied for seventh at 237. ... Clemson has won 32 consecutive home games, the longest streak in school history. ... Wake Forest is 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the ACC for the first time. The Demon Deacons' eight-game winning streak is the longest in school history.

IMPACT PLAYER

Since taking over at quarterback for Syracuse in the third week of the season, Garrett Shrader has accounted for 20 touchdowns, including 13 rushing scores.

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