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Weather could be a major factor during Louisville's game at North Carolina State Saturday. Weather could be a major factor during Louisville's game at North Carolina State Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Notes Written With An Eye on the Weather in North Carolina This Weekend

North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been the most difficult quarterback in the Atlantic Coast Conference to intercept this season.

Brissett has thrown 95 passes. Not one has been picked. He’s making Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson, two former N.C. State quarterbacks, proud.

The University of Louisville is one of four teams that to intercept nine passes in 2015, tops in the nation.

- Jacoby Brissett vs. The Louisville Defense

That’s the first story line to watch Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, where the teams will play at 12:30 p.m.

Is Brissett truly that sharp or are his stats another creation of the Wolfpack’s cruise-control schedule?

Brissett threw 32 passes against Louisville last season. The Cards managed one interception, but Brissett had a pair of TD passes.

He protected the ball well last season, throwing only five picks on 370 attempts.

But Brissett’s completion percentage has taken a major jump in 2015. He’s completing nearly 78 percent of his throws (first in the nation) after finishing as a 59.7 percent passer last season.

Truly improved or scheduled for success?

We’ll find out Saturday.

- One more item for Bobby Petrino to tuck into his game plan: Weather could be a significant factor for the game

WDRB meteorologist Marc Weinberg said there is an outside chance that tropical storm Joaquin could react in an “oddball manner” and soak the Carolinas this weekend.

The storm is currently moving slowly off the Western Atlantic Ocean. Sports director Tom Lane and I are bound for Raleigh on Friday. I’ve already advised him to take extra rain gear ... just to ensure the sun shines all day.

- There is somebody in Ohio who believes that Indiana has a chance to topple Ohio State Saturday

Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com filed a story over the summer that gave the Hoosiers a chance to topple the defending national champions.

A four percent chance.

Indiana must be significantly improved this season. ESPN’s computer projections actually give the Hoosier a 7.9 percent chance to win Saturday. The Buckeyes remain a 21-point favorite.

- For the record, IU has not limited Ohio State to less than 30 points since 2001

The last five Indiana coaches have failed to defeat the Buckeyes. If you’re scoring at home, that would be Kevin Wilson, Bill Lynch, Terry Hoeppner, Gerry DiNardo and Cam Cameron.

Finally, the average score of the last 10 Ohio State-Indiana games: Buckeyes 39, Hoosiers 16.

- Funky Kentucky statistic that would not suggest a 3-1 record: The Wildcats are minus-21 in first downs, giving up 90 while making only 69. The big problem? Kentucky opponents have made 13 first downs by penalty.

According to the website cfbstats.com, the Wildcats have been excellent in not surrendering big plays, just three have gone for 40 yards or more. That’s better than Alabama, better than Louisiana State, better than Mississippi and better than Tennessee.

- How much better can Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty play?

Doughty has completed a higher percentage of his pass attempts every game this season, starting with 63.3 percent against Vanderbilt, improving to 73.7 against Louisiana Tech, 76.1 against Indiana and an astounding 80.1 percent last Saturday against Miami (Ohio).

Doughty ranks third nationally in pass completions (115), fifth in completion percentage (74.2) and second in passing yards per game (397.8).

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