Virginia Tech (2-7, 1-5 ACC) at Duke (6-3, 3-2), Saturday, midday EST (RSN)
Duke by 9 1/2.
Collection file: Virginia Tech leads 19-10.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Blue Devils secured bowl eligibility final week in opposition to Boston Faculty below first-year coach Mike Elko, a powerful begin to his tenure after two years of wrestle. One other win would mark this system’s first season of not less than seven wins since 2017 after profitable simply 5 video games in 2020 and 2021. The Hokies have misplaced six straight video games below first-year coach Brent Pry.
Virginia Tech’s offense in opposition to Duke’s protection. The Hokies rank final within the league in complete offense (316.7) and eleventh in scoring (20.2). They’ve scored scored 14 or fewer factors in three of their 5 league losses and have but to achieve 30 factors in a sport. Duke’s protection has surrendered yards (twelfth in ACC at 394.1 per sport) however ranks in the course of the league in scoring protection (23.1).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Virginia Tech: QB Grant Wells. He has thrown eight landing passes with eight interceptions and has failed to achieve 200 yards passing in six video games.
Duke: DT DeWayne Carter. Carter is tied for second nationally with three pressured fumbles and tied for fifth with three fumble recoveries.
FACTS & FIGURES
Earlier than this yr, the Hokies hadn’t misplaced six video games in a row since 1987. … Duke is ranked third nationally in turnover margin (plus-1.56) after going minus-26 over the earlier two seasons. … The Blue Devils had misplaced 13 straight league video games earlier than this yr. … Duke hasn’t crushed Virginia Tech at dwelling since 1981. The Hokies have received 5 of six conferences, with the Blue Devils profitable 45-10 in Blacksburg in 2019. … The Blue Devils’ street wins in 2013, 2015 and 2019 are their solely ones within the sequence because the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004.
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