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NC STATE (5 - 1) at PITTSBURGH (2 - 4)
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NC STATE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-1+2.22-43-335.522.0471.0(6.2)0.523.713.5387.0(5.7)1.5
Road Games1-1-0.11-11-127.519.0434.5(5.1)
Last 3 Games3-0+5.62-10-333.020.0449.0(6.1)0.323.79.0432.0(5.9)1.0
Grass Games5-1+2.22-43-335.522.0471.0(6.2)0.523.713.5387.0(5.7)1.5
Conference Games3-0+5.62-10-333.020.0449.0(6.1)0.323.79.0432.0(5.9)1.0
NC STATE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)35.522.025.032:5338-166(4.3)27-3870.7%305(8)76-471(6.2)(13.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2713.519.829:2936-145(4.1)20-3362.5%233(7.1)69-378(5.5)(14)
Offense Road Games27.519.025.035:0136-99(2.8)34-4870.1%335(6.9)84-434(5.1)(15.8)
Defense (All Games)23.713.517.727:0730-91(3.1)22-3858.4%296(7.9)67-387(5.7)(16.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.813.620.531:3137-138(3.8)21-3460.9%261(7.7)70-398(5.7)(15.4)
Defense Road Games28.015.513.524:5823-67(2.9)19-3457.4%246(7.2)57-314(5.5)(11.2)

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-4-31-42-424.315.5358.8(5.2)1.330.815.7444.5(6.6)1.8
Home Games2-101-22-130.321.0406.0(5.7)1.330.016.3457.0(7.4)2.0
Last 3 Games1-2-21-11-227.718.3357.3(5.9)0.724.010.3420.3(5.7)2.3
Grass Games2-3-21-42-324.416.6359.0(5.1)1.631.616.8433.4(7)2.2
Conference Games0-2-20-10-220.513.5296.5(5.2)0.531.015.5492.0(6)2.0
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.315.519.331:2935-117(3.3)22-3465.8%242(7.2)69-359(5.2)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.814.219.330:1438-144(3.8)19-3161.0%193(6.3)69-337(4.9)(14.2)
Offense Home Games30.321.021.733:2640-127(3.2)22-3169.9%279(9)71-406(5.7)(13.4)
Defense (All Games)30.815.720.828:3136-164(4.5)18-3160.0%280(9.1)67-444(6.6)(14.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.31.213.422.430:4640-192(4.8)19-3060.8%258(8.5)71-450(6.4)(14.4)
Defense Home Games30.016.320.026:3428-89(3.2)20-3458.4%368(10.9)62-457(7.4)(15.2)
Average power rating of opponents played: NC STATE 32.2,  PITTSBURGH 34
NC STATE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/2/2017*S CAROLINA28-35L-8L49.5O35-8945-64-415221-3117-29-2151
9/23/2017@ FLORIDA ST27-21W11W51U37-11023-33-255026-10422-39-2781
10/14/2017@ PITTSBURGH            
10/28/2017@ NOTRE DAME            
11/11/2017@ BOSTON COLLEGE            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/2/2017YOUNGSTOWN ST28-21W-13L66U53-20817-24-140126-10718-32-3111
9/9/2017@ PENN ST14-33L18.5L64.5U45-15524-41-187324-14815-28-1641
9/16/2017OKLAHOMA ST21-59L10.5L66.5O34-10320-35-288235-10426-37-5722
9/23/2017@ GEORGIA TECH17-35L7.5L55U20-3722-35-198167-4364-7-484
10/7/2017@ SYRACUSE24-27L3T63U26-12922-33-229042-13533-49-3650
10/14/2017NC STATE            
10/21/2017@ DUKE            
11/9/2017N CAROLINA            
NC STATE: NC State should be ready for a big improvement this season. QB Ryan Finley has another year of experience in the system and should lead a very solid offense. The Wolfpack also happen to have an elite D-Line.
PITTSBURGH: USC transfer Max Browne replaces Nathan Peterman, and he should able to reinvent himself. The Panthers will, however, need to be better in the secondary. They gave up a ton of big plays last season.
No. 20 N.C. State aims for 4-0 ACC start at Pitt

Things haven't been this good for No. 20 North Carolina State in many years.

N.C. State (5-1, 3-0 ACC) holds its highest national ranking since early in the 2003 season and will be trying to move to 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002 when it plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Panthers, meanwhile, certainly aren't content with how things have gone, and the season becomes more challenging this week because their starting quarterback is out. This matchup at Heinz Field will be the first ACC game between the schools since Pitt (2-4, 0-2) joined in 2013.

Despite the contrasting fortunes so far, this is no time for the Wolfpack to let up.

"We can't ever think that we've made it because we haven't," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. "We're at the halfway point right now. We've put ourselves in a great place. It doesn't mean that we're satisfied at all."

Pittsburgh will play this homecoming game without quarterback Max Browne, who leads the ACC in completion percentage (71.1 percent). He suffered a right arm injury last week in a loss at Syracuse and is out for a least a couple of weeks, according to coach Pat Narduzzi. Sophomore Ben DiNucci has been dubbed the starter for the second time this season.

"Ben has got a ton of ability," Narduzzi said. "We've talked about that. He needs to relax in the pocket and identify who he's supposed to read."

N.C. State has a steady hand at quarterback with Ryan Finley, who has thrown 10 touchdown passes this season. His 288 consecutive throws, dating to last season, without being picked off is the longest active streak in the country.

The Pittsburgh offense has been so awkward that safety Jordan Whitehead was summoned to the backfield and he gained 73 yards on seven carries against Syracuse.

Narduzzi said it's important to keep him fresh so he doesn't slack off on the defensive side.

"I don't want to wear the kid out," Narduzzi said. "We'll do what we need to do, but he's a super kid who's all in."

N.C. State can counter with a versatile player as well in running back Nyheim Hines, who totaled 225 all-purpose yards in a win against Louisville. Hines has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in each of the past two games and is a threat as a kickoff returner.

The Wolfpack ought to be well-rested with a couple of extra days to prepare after knocking off the then-No. 17 Cardinals 39-25 last Thursday.

"We just put the pieces of the puzzle together and believed that we could really make something happen," receiver Kelvin Harmon said. "As the season goes on, it keeps growing."

Doeren said Pittsburgh's offense reflects some of the influence of former N.C. State offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who spent the 2016 season with the Panthers before leaving for LSU.

Not only will the Panthers have a different starting quarterback this week, but they'll likely be without running back Chawntez Moss (suspended indefinitely) and will continue rotating some of the offensive lineman, Narduzzi said. That could be daunting against a rugged N.C. State defensive front that features end Bradley Chubb, who has moved up to No. 8 among the top prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com.

"They've got one of the best D-lines you'll see in the country," Narduzzi said.

Moss has started one game this season, splitting time with Qadree Ollison, who has a team-high 249 yards on 63 carries for the nation's 107th-best rushing attack.

Without a strong surge in the second half of the season, Pittsburgh will be without a bowl appearance for the first time in a decade. Narduzzi said such matters aren't worth thinking about now.

"The great thing about our kids is they care," Narduzzi said. "They've got a great care factor. They want to get better."

Pittsburgh has mostly fared well against the ACC's Atlantic Division, going 7-2 (with one of the setbacks last week to Syracuse and the other in its first ACC game to 2013 eventual national champion Florida State).

N.C. State junior defensive end Darian Roseboro expects to play while grieving the death of his father on Saturday. Wolfpack players will wear a helmet decal to honor the late Johnny Roseboro.

Last Updated: 9/20/2018 8:38:44 AM EST

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