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Seminoles favored in Saturday matchup with North Carolina

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North Carolina (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 12 Florida State (3-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Florida State by 11.

Series Record: Florida State leads 15-2-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both teams look to keep pace in their respective divisions as they face each other for the first time since 2010 (UNC won 37-35). The Tar Heels are tied with Virginia Tech atop the Coastal Division while the Seminoles, who dropped their conference opener to Louisville on Sept. 17, need a couple things to fall their way in the Atlantic Division.

KEY MATCHUP

North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer vs. Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden. Switzer tied a school and conference record last week against Pittsburgh with 16 receptions. The 5-foot-10, 185 pound senior is second in the ACC in catches (36) and third in yards (376). McFadden, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound sophomore, leads the conference with three interceptions but also has had lapses where he has given up big plays.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

North Carolina: QB Mitch Trubisky. The junior tied a school record with five touchdown passes last week and has thrown for 885 yards the past two games. He is also second in the nation in completion percentage (74.5 percent).

Florida State: RB Dalvin Cook. The junior set a career-high with rushing yards last week against South Florida with 267 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He is averaging 159.8 yards in the Seminoles’ past eight home games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Florida State has the nation’s longest current home winning streak at 22 games. … North Carolina has a three-game losing streak against ranked teams. … The Tar Heels also have a nine-game winning streak in conference games. … The Seminoles are tied for 11th in the nation in forcing three-and-outs with 21. … North Carolina’s defense was on the field for 41:09 last week. Florida State has held the ball for 40 minutes or more twice in its four games.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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