Players to watch: Pitt

Notre Dame has topped Pitt by three points in consecutive closer-than-anticipated contests. Nov. 9 is the schools' last meeting before the Irish's ACC scheduling agreement kicks in. (They will then meet in 2015, again at Heinz Field.)

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Offense: Devin Street, WR. The second-team All-Big East receiver hauled in 73 catches for 975 yards and five touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior had just three catches for 35 yards in last year's loss at Notre Dame and two for 21 in the 2011 contest, but Street is capable of breaking out at any time, as evidenced by his three 100-yard receiving games for the second consecutive year. The question is how quickly a new quarterback and complementary receivers will emerge around the Biletnikoff Award watch-lister.

Defense: Aaron Donald, DT. Donald has been named to five different watch lists already, this after notching 18.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. His 1.54 tackles for loss per game were a Big East-best last season, and he has been named All-Big East in each of the past two seasons (first team in 2012, second team in 2011). The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald had seven tackles and one tackle for loss in last season's loss at Notre Dame.