Duke vs. Virginia Tech Game Notes

The Blue Devils stay on the road this week and head to Blacksburg, Va., to face defending ACC Coastal Division champion and 14th-ranked Virginia Tech ...

Kickoff is set for 12 noon and the game will be televised live by Lincoln Financial Sports ... Steve Martin will handle the call with assistance from Rick Walker (analyst) and Scott Pryzwansky (sideline) ... The Blue Devils stand at 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league play following a 14-13 loss to Wake Forest while the Hokies are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference after posting a 35-10 win over North Carolina.

The Duke-Virginia Tech Series
Duke and Virginia Tech have met 13 times on the gridiron, with the Blue Devils holding a 7-6 series advantage ... The series dates back to a 25-0 Blue Devil win in 1937 ... Duke won six in a row to start the series and seven of the first eight meetings between the two schools ... The first six games, the Blue Devils held an impressive 207-19 scoring advantage that was highlighted with shutouts in 1937, 1938 and 1948 ... The Hokies enter the 2006 contest having won five in a row over the Blue Devils, and have allowed Duke just 11.1 points per game over the last seven contests in the series.

Ahead For The Blue Devils
Duke is set for one of the most challenging five-game runs in school history as the Blue Devils face Virginia Tech, Virginia, Alabama, Florida State and Miami over the next six Saturdays ... An open date on Sept. 23 will follow the trip to Blacksburg ... Last year, those five schools combined for a 45-17 (.726) record with five bowl game berths (three wins) ... This week's AP top 25 poll features Florida State at No. 9, Virginia Tech at No. 14, Miami at No. 17 with Alabama standing third among others receiving votes ... In this week's USA Today national poll, Florida State checks in at No. 10 followed by Virginia Tech (14th), Miami (15th) and Alabama (23rd) ... The last time Duke played four ranked foes in a fivegame stretch came in 1946 with consecutive tilts versus top-ranked Army, Georgia Tech (16th), Wake Forest (13th), South Carolina (unranked) and North Carolina (14th) with the Blue Devils posting a 2-3 ledger in that span by earning wins over Wake Forest and South Carolina ... In 1944, Duke played four straight games against ranked opponents — No. 6 Navy, No. 2 Army, No. 5 Georgia Tech and No. 12 Wake Forest — picking up victories in the final two contests of that run.

Duke Plays Its 94th Year Of Football
The 2006 season marks Duke's 94th campaign of intercollegiate football, with the Blue Devils holding an all-time record of 443-429-31 ... Football was introduced at Duke by Dr. John Crowell, who coached then Trinity College to victories in its first two games ever — wins of 16-0 and 25-17 over North Carolina in 1888 ... After the 1894 season, football was banned at Duke by the Board of Trustees, but returned in high form in 1920 when Floyd Egan guided the team to a 4-0-1 ledger.

Duke vs. Virginia Schools
Duke is 65-46 against Virginia-based colleges including its 7-6 ledger versus Virginia Tech.


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