- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

No. 23 Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-1 ACC, No. 19 CFP) at Duke (3-5, 0-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Virginia Tech by 10½.

Series record: Virginia Tech leads 14-9.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

A victory will keep the first-place Hokies on track for a spot in the ACC championship game in Justin Fuente’s first season. The Blue Devils are trying to scrape together enough victories to extend their program-record streak of bowl appearances to five.

KEY MATCHUP

Virginia Tech passing offense vs. Duke passing defense. Pittsburgh dared the Hokies to throw against them last week - and they did, with QB Jerod Evans throwing for a career-best 406 yards and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils will have to be better than they were last week, when they allowed run-heavy Georgia Tech to roll up 264 yards passing and throw for the go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Virginia Tech: TE Bucky Hodges is coming off a six-catch, 145-yard performance against Pitt and in last year’s meeting with Duke set a then-career-high with 105 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

Duke: RB Shaun Wilson takes over as the primary ball carrier with leading rusher Jela Duncan lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Wilson

FACTS & FIGURES

Duke is the last remaining ACC team without a conference victory. … Virginia Tech is 5-0 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Road teams have won the last three meetings, with the Blue Devils winning in both 2015 and ‘13 in Blacksburg. … Duke has lost three of its four captains to season-ending injuries, with only DT A.J. Wolf remaining. … Tech K Joey Slye has an ACC-best 16 field goals and trails only Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson of Louisville in points per game (10.0).

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