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Here are some things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Week 10:GAME OF THE WEEK: No. Teemu Selanne Jersey . 23 Virginia Tech at Duke. This Coastal Division matchup might be the best of a weekend that includes seven league games but none of the ACCs five Top 25 teams facing each other. The Hokies (6-2, 5-1) can take another step closer to an ACC title game berth with a victory while the desperate Blue Devils (3-5, 0-4) are trying to save their season. Plus, history would suggest a close game because the last three meetings in Durham have been decided by a total of 13 points. I dont think we are done seeing interesting outcomes, Tech coach Justin Fuente said.BEST MATCHUP: Louisvilles offense vs. Boston Colleges defense. The fifth-ranked Cardinals have the nations second-most productive offense, with their 603.3-yard average only a fraction of a yard behind Texas Tech. Next up is what, statistically, is the ACCs best defense, with BC giving up less than half of Louisvilles per-game average. Plus, the Eagles may have gained a measure of confidence after beating N.C. State for their first ACC win since 2014. The challenge, BC coach Steve Addazio said, is formidable.INSIDE THE NUMBERS: ACC games couldnt have been much closer than they were last week. Those seven games were decided by an average of 4.9 points. In four of them, the margin of victory was merely a field goal.UPSET WATCH: Maybe N.C. State can find a way to keep it close against No. 19 Florida State. The Wolfpack, 5-point underdogs, might be due for a bounce back after they came under heavy scrutiny for their 21-14 loss to previously winless-in-the-ACC Boston College last week, and need to pull an upset somewhere to earn a bowl berth. Its fair to wonder how much the Seminoles have in their emotional tank after a tight loss to No. 3 Clemson.IMPACT PLAYER: Keep an eye on Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas. The triggerman of the triple-option offense is facing a North Carolina defense that statistically is the ACCs worst against the run. Thomas is coming off a career-best day against Duke in which he had 459 total yards and accounted for four TDs.---Compiled by AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, North Carolina.---OnlineMore AP college football: Colin Wilson Jersey . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. Tyson Jost Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . SUNRISE, Fla. -- Heres an example of how far Florida has come: At a game late last season, the Panthers were penalized twice because their home fans were overly exuberant.That wasnt possible a couple years ago.The Panthers were one of the NHLs surprises last year, winning the Atlantic Division -- only two years after finishing a staggering 51 points back in the division race -- and putting together the best regular season in franchise history. Now they have the look of a full-fledged contender, with expectations higher than theyve been in two decades.We achieved a lot of goals, Panthers forward Reilly Smith said. Making the playoffs was a big goal for us. Finishing first in our division was another big goal. Theres still that big one at the end of the tunnel that we didnt come close enough to, but wed like to get back there and we definitely have enough skill in our dressing room to get us back to that point.The Panthers expect to have a lot of that skill in Florida colors for years to come.Florida has no fewer than 10 players under contract for at least the next four seasons, including its young core -- Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trocheck and Smith. The Panthers also added defenseman Keith Yandle in the offseason, part of some big changes on the blue line, and got goaltender Roberto Luongo a very strong backup in James Reimer.And of course, the Panthers still have Jaromir Jagr.He led the team in scoring last season, at the age of 44. He enters this season 20 points away from passing Mark Messier for No. 2 on the NHLs all-time list -- behind only Wayne Gretzky, who is still about 1,000 points ahead of anyone else.Jagr thinks it was a very positive sign for the Panthers to keep their core intact, and thinks the chemistry in Floridas dressing room is a big reason why success should be expected this season.Its not about three forwards and two defense, Jagr said. Its about five guys just working together. Forwards have to playy defense, defense has to play forward. Joe Sakic Jersey. . Thats just the style of hockey now. Everyone has to know how to play everything. Defense has to help the forwards and the other way around.Heres some things to know about the Panthers going into this season:STREAKY CATSThe Panthers were streaky last season, both good and bad. Florida had a 12-game winning streak, two five-game win streaks and one other stretch of four wins in a row. There also were losing streaks of four and five games. The roller-coaster ride worked out, though the Panthers believe theres too much talent for a reprise of any long droughts this season.CATS ARE COMINGThere were two games in November last year when Florida failed to draw even 11,000 people into its building, a common problem over the last couple decades. But as the playoffs neared, the Panthers were a big ticket -- their last eight regular-season games all drew more than 15,000, with four of those getting crowds of over 18,000. And the game against New Jersey on March 31 was the one where Florida fans got their team penalized twice by throwing toy rats onto the ice in the third period.PLAYOFF STINGTrocheck got tripped with 68 seconds left in Game 6 of Floridas first-round series with the New York Islanders, on a play where he had an empty net and a golden chance of wrapping up a trip to a Game 7 at home. Instead, the Islanders tied the game seconds later, then prevailed in double overtime to end Floridas season. Still hurts, Smith said.SPECIAL TEAMSAn area where Florida can improve this season is special teams. Floridas power play ranked 23rd in the 30-team NHL last season, and its penalty kill unit was 24th.ODDS WATCHThree years ago, sportsbooks in Las Vegas listed the Panthers as a 150-1 shot to win the Stanley Cup -- by far the longest in the league at that time. Entering this season, theyre listed at 20-1. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '