Duke (5-2, 1-2 ACC) at No. 16 Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Virginia Tech by 13½.
Series record: Virginia Tech leads 13-7.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Blue Devils need one more victory to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season, which would be a program first. The Hokies need to keep winning to remain on track for a possible showdown for the Coastal Division championship at No. 7 Miami on Nov. 9.
Duke's offense against Virginia Tech's defense: QB Anthony Boone leads a balanced attack for the Blue Devils, and helps out in the running game, too. His ability to get something going against the Hokies (No. 2 in total defense, 6th against the run, 3rd against the pass) is critical to Duke's chances.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Duke: Backup QB Brandon Connette. He's called upon to take over behind center on third- and fourth-down plays and has had great success not only running for the necessary yards, but using play-action to throw the ball if the defense ever decides to sellout trying to stop him from running the ball.
Virginia Tech: CB Antone Exum. He was the Hokies' best cornerback at the end of last season, then shredded his knee in a pickup basketball game in January. His return to an already deep secondary could free the Hokies up to use freshman Brandon Facyson two ways: at cornerback and wide receiver.
FACTS & FIGURES
This is the second consecutive year the Blue Devils are visiting Lane Stadium. They jumped out to a 20-0 lead last season before the Hokies recovered for a 41-20 victory. ... Duke fell behind 22-0 at Virginia last week, and then scored 35 unanswered. ... The Blue Devils' last victory against a ranked opponent came on Nov. 5, 1994 against No. 13 Virginia. ... Virginia Tech is coming off a bye week. ... The Hokies have won six in a row since a season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama. ... Opponents have scored only four second-half touchdowns against Virginia Tech through seven games.