NC State, Miami playing for 1st time since 2008

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — There were 66 points scored and 830 yards gained the last time Miami and North Carolina State played one another. When the Hurricanes and Wolfpack renew acquaintances this weekend, none of the people responsible for those stats will be on the field.

After all, four years have passed.

It's a quirk of Atlantic Coast Conference play in this two-division format. Conference "rivals" sometimes aren't really rivals at all.

Each team plays five games against its divisional opponents and only three teams from the other side of the league, which is why the Wolfpack and Hurricanes haven't gotten around to playing since November 2008.

Only two players who were in that game — Davon Johnson for Miami and Sterling Lucas for N.C. State — are expected to play this weekend.

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