INSIDE THE NUMBERS
No. 12 North Carolina's defense had a big opening week against Syracuse. That included an FBS-best seven sacks that stood as the program's best output since 2013. The Tar Heels also allowed six points and 202 yards, both standing as the lowest totals allowed to an ACC opponent since 2009. And it marked the fewest points allowed by UNC in any game since shutting out Idaho in September 2012. The Tar Heels host Charlotte in nonconference play Saturday.
Georgia Tech was picked to finish last in the 15-team ACC race only to rally past Florida State on the road in the opener. Now the Yellow Jackets have a home game against No. 14 Central Florida with a chance for another big win in coach Geoff Collins' second year. The Knights are 7 1/2-point favorites and have gone 35-4 over the past three seasons. The teams were scheduled to play in 2017 but the game was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
Sophomore running back Kyren Williams had a big starting debut for No. 7 Notre Dame in last week's opener against Duke, running for 112 yards and two touchdowns to go with two catches for 93 yards. He was the ACC's running back of the week and will look for a strong follow-up performance when the Fighting Irish play their lone nonconference game Saturday against South Florida.
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