Conner Vernon needs just one catch to set a new ACC record for career receptions. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
Duke vs. Virginia
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham
Line: Duke by 1.5
TV/Radio: ACC Network/WRAL, WDNC-620 AM, WKIX-102.9 FM
What they’re saying nationally about Duke:
Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel: My preseason Duke-makes-a-bowl prediction is looking better by the week. The Blue Devils are off to their best start since they began 5-0 in 1994 -- also the last time they made a bowl -- following Saturday's 34-27 win over Wake Forest, their first over the Demon Deacons since 1999. Meanwhile, the rest of Duke's division is entirely unimposing. Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina are a combined 10-10. Surely there are two more wins to be had in that bunch.
ESPN’s Andrea Adelson: The Blue Devils are not throwing a bowl party just yet, but they are off to their best start since 1994 and have had recent success against their opponent this week, Virginia. Duke has won three of the past four meetings between the two teams. The Blue Devils need two more wins to become bowl eligible, and the way the rest of the schedule sets up, Duke has got to win this game. If they don't, it will be difficult to find two wins in their final six games (at Virginia Tech, North Carolina, at Florida State, Clemson, at Georgia Tech, Miami).
What they’re saying nationally about Virginia: