No. 23 Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1 ACC, No. 19 CFP) at Duke (3-5, 0-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU) Line: Virginia Tech by 10½.
No. 23 Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1 ACC, No. 19 CFP) at Duke (3-5, 0-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Virginia Tech by 10½.
Series record: Virginia Tech leads 14-9.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A victory will keep the first-place Hokies on track for a spot in the ACC championship game in Justin Fuente's first season. The Blue Devils are trying to scrape together enough victories to extend their program-record streak of bowl appearances to five.
Virginia Tech passing offense vs. Duke passing defense. Pittsburgh dared the Hokies to throw against them last week — and they did, with QB Jerod Evans throwing for a career-best 406 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils will have to be better than they were last week, when they allowed run-heavy Georgia Tech to roll up 264 yards passing and throw for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Virginia Tech: TE Bucky Hodges is coming off a six-catch, 145-yard performance against Pitt and in last year's meeting with Duke set a then-career-high with 105 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Duke: RB Shaun Wilson takes over as the primary ball carrier with leading rusher Jela Duncan lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Wilson
FACTS & FIGURES
Duke is the last remaining ACC team without a conference victory. ... Virginia Tech is 5-0 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Road teams have won the last three meetings, with the Blue Devils winning in both 2015 and '13 in Blacksburg. ... Duke has lost three of its four captains to season-ending injuries, with only DT A.J. Wolf remaining. ... Tech K Joey Slye has an ACC-best 16 field goals and trails only Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson of Louisville in points per game (10.0).
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