Duke surprisingly leads ACC Coastal Division

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WHO’S HOT

Duke's Conner Vernon picks up a first down during the victory over Virginia on Oct. 6. The Blue Devils lead the ACC Coastal Division and are bowl eligible with a 6-2 record.  FILE/THE HERALD-SUN
FILE/THE HERALD-SUN
Duke's Conner Vernon picks up a first down during the victory over Virginia on Oct. 6. The Blue Devils lead the ACC Coastal Division and are bowl eligible with a 6-2 record.

Duke. Don’t look now, but the Blue Devils are leading the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division by a half-game over Miami. Duke (6-2, 3-1) will prove whether it’s for real in its next two games against Florida State and Clemson.

WHO’S NOT

Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson. The West Virginia co-defensive coordinators, each in their first year, have seen their squad struggle the past month. The Mountaineers have yielded 45 points or more the past four games.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In a Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story earlier this week, Georgia senior safety Shawn Williams unleashed on his teammates.

“It gets frustrating, because I’m sitting here and I’m giving all I got, and I feel like I’ve got some guys that’s not,” he said. “I feel like that I’ve got some guys that’s in a whole different place.”

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Clemson (6-1, 3-1 ACC). The Tigers should see clear sailing the next four games.

2. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). Brandon Coutu, Rex Robinson and Billy Bennett missed four combined extra points in their careers. Marshall Morgan has missed four in seven games.

3. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC). Quite a fall from No. 3 in the nation to a possible Outback Bowl bid in the span of two weeks.

4. Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-3 ACC). Last week’s win puts the Yellow Jackets back on the road to bowl eligibility.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

• Clemson at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, (ESPN)

• Tennessee at South Carolina, noon, Saturday, (ESPN)

• Howard at South Carolina State, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Brigham Young at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

• Georgia vs. Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla., 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)

• Georgia Southern at Chattanooga, 6 p.m. (No TV)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Tigers should devour Demon Deacons’ pass defense.

Georgia: Bulldogs seeking consecutive wins over Gators for first time since 1988-89.

Georgia Tech: Jackets are favored, but BYU has been tough against three top-25 foes this season.

South Carolina: Should be a bounce-back game with the Gamecocks facing the league’s worst defense.


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