Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk (1) looks to pass against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome
November 12, 2015

A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Week 11:

GAME OF THE WEEK: Miami at North Carolina. The 17th-ranked Tar Heels (8-1, 5-0) can clinch the Coastal Division title and their first berth in the ACC championship game with a win over the Hurricanes (6-3, 3-2) and a Duke victory over Pittsburgh. North Carolina is clicking, reeling off eight straight wins behind an offense that rolled up 704 total yards in a rout of the Blue Devils. The Hurricanes are 2-0 under interim coach Larry Scott and make a return to the North Carolina Triangle - where they claimed a wild win over Duke two weeks ago. Said UNC coach Larry Fedora: ''I'm sure they plan on coming in here and knocking us off.''

BEST MATCHUP: Duke's offense vs. Pitt's defense. Blue Devils QB Thomas Sirk has slipped into the ACC's top 10 in rushing, averaging nearly 62 yards, for a Duke team that has scored at least 27 points in four straight games. He'll try to snap a two-game losing streak against a once stout Pitt run defense that had been strong before giving up 174 and 175 yards rushing in losing its last two.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Blowouts have generally been the exception in the ACC this season. According to league stats, 49 percent of its games have been decided by seven or fewer points - the highest percentage of any FBS conference - though just one was that close last weekend. The average margin of victory in league games is 12.2 points, the tightest of any conference.

LONG SHOT: North Carolina State might be able to pull the upset at No. 19 Florida State. The Wolfpack, 9 1/2-point underdogs, are seeking their first win in Tallahassee since 2005 but they've already snapped long road losing streaks at Wake Forest and Boston College. QB Jacoby Brissett - a transfer from Florida - led the Wolfpack to an early 17-point lead last year before it slipped away in a 56-41 loss. The Seminoles have lost two of three and are coming off an emotional defeat at No. 1 Clemson. ''I think they see a team that lost to Georgia Tech, a team that is capable of slipping up but also played toe-to-toe with Clemson,'' North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said. ''We know how good they can be.''

PLAYER TO WATCH: Clemson RB Wayne Gallman has reached the 100-yard mark in six of his last seven games, with a 172-yard effort against North Carolina State followed by a 103-yard performance against the Seminoles. With 977 yards rushing, he needs 368 to match Raymond Priester's 19-year-old school single-season record.

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Compiled by AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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