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Georgia Tech, picked to finish second, has won just once since Sept. 15, giving up 40 points in four of its past five games to fall into fifth place and jeopardize its streak of 15 bowl berths.

North Carolina might be the division’s best all-around team, but the Tar Heels can’t win it because of their one-year bowl ban and a new ACC policy doesn’t allow ineligible teams to claim regular season or division titles.

“That was our No. 1 goal going into the season, was to win the Coastal Division,” first-year coach Larry Fedora said. “Whether or not we’re recognized, it’s still about our football team and what our goals are and what we can accomplish. We can’t worry about what happened outside. It has nothing to do with this football team right now.”

Duke had first place to itself last week and — in what could be seen as an illustration of the gap between the divisions — the Seminoles handed the Blue Devils a 48-7 beating.

And last year’s surprise story — Virginia — is the only team in either division winless in league play.