At the start of the season, Duke’s pass rush was already expected to be one of the strongest units on the team. But I’m not sure that it was expected to be this good.

Much of N.C. State’s offensive success this season has been due to its ability to avoid pressure. In the last two weeks, it only conceded two sacks and it has scored an average of 34 points along with an average of 260 yards passing and six touchdowns. When they are not pressured heavily, it is clear N.C. State can be a dangerous offense.

This is where Duke’s newfound star, Derrick Tangelo, along with powerful rushers Chris Rumph II and Victor Dimukeje, can be a huge help. Their ability to push past blocks and get to the ball will need to be in top form Saturday in order to slow down N.C. State. If they are able to be consistent, quarterback Devin Leary, who threw five interceptions in just five starts last season, could be forced into similar mistakes.

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