Duke v. Virginia Tech Capsule

A rundown of the Blue Devils and Hokies match up this Saturday in Wallace Wade

No. 19 Duke (8-1, 4-1 ACC, CFP 21) vs Virginia Tech (4-5, 1-4)

Noon EST (ESPNU)

Line: Duke by 5 1/2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Duke has its highest ranking in 20 years and controls the Coastal Division. The Blue Devils are the division’s only team with one ACC loss and can take another step toward wrapping up their second straight league title game berth with a second straight win over the Hokies, who must win two of their last three to become eligible for their 22nd straight bowl.

KEY MATCHUP

Duke rushing offense vs. Virginia Tech defense. The Blue Devils have rushed for at least 155 yards as a team in all but two games, but are coming off their second-worst output of the season, a 98-yard performance in a win at Syracuse. They’ll have to move the ball better than that against a Tech defense that has allowed its last three opponents to rush for a combined 832 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Virginia Tech: DB Kendall Fuller ranks second in the league with 14 passes defended. He has just one interception this season but picked off three passes in last year’s 13-10 loss to Duke.

Duke: Jamison Crowder is a big-play threat at both receiver and punt returner. He took a punt back 52 yards for a touchdown against Syracuse - the third of his career - to reach the 150-point mark.

FACTS & FIGURES

This marks Duke’s first home game as a Top 20 team since 1960. … Duke is 16-1 in its last 17 regular-season games. … The Hokies haven’t forced a takeaway in their last two games, and their turnover margin in that span is minus-4. … Duke has lost just six turnovers all year. … Four of the last six meetings have been decided by 11 or fewer points. … Tech has won 11 of its last 13 games in the state of North Carolina.

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