*North Carolina's chances of going to a bowl game decreased after last Thursday night's loss to FSU, but the Tar Heels are trying to think about the Hokies, not the postseason.
*N.C. State will find out very quickly if the bye week helped its defense, as Christian Ponder is gearing up to pick apart the Pack.
*Virginia's defense will go from facing Georgia Tech's run-based offense to Duke's high-flying passing attack.
Miami linebacker Sean Spence will miss the Wake Forest game with what appears to be a knee injury.
*There's a cause for alarm at NC State and North Carolina, where coaches with strong resumes are still struggling in their third seasons.
*Virginia Tech coach Bud Foster is looking for improvement -- consistently -- from his defense.
*FSU's defense could use a little of that, too, but Mickey Andrews knows what it will take to try to stop Russell Wilson & Co.
*Clemson's unheralded fullback has helped the Tigers move forward.
*The Hokies and the Yellow Jackets have been trading barbs all week over uncalled crackback blocks and holding penalties. It’s Lane Kiffinesque just yet, but it’s getting more heated…