- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Duke (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (7-1, 4-0), noon, ESPN2.

Line: UNC by 7½.

Series Record: UNC leads, but the schools differ on the final record. UNC counts a 60-37-4 edge, Duke says UNC’s record is 59-38-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

North Carolina has won seven straight to climb into the Top 25 and sit alone atop the ACC’s Coastal Division. Duke is coming off an officiating-botched loss to Miami, but still controls its destiny in the division race.

KEY MATCHUP

UNC RB Elijah Hood vs. Duke S Jeremy Cash. When UNC’s offense is rolling, Hood is moving the chains with a tackler-punishing style. He’s run for 744 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry on the year. And Duke’s defense will need a big day from Cash, who leads the ACC with 15½ tackles for loss, to keep Hood in check.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke: QB Thomas Sirk. Sirk is leading Duke in both rushing and passing yards, seeking to become the first Blue Devils player to do so since 1976.

UNC: WR Ryan Switzer. Switzer has a team-high 428 yards receiving with three touchdowns, and he can also make game-changing plays in the punt-return game.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the latest UNC has been ranked in a season since 2009. … UNC’s seven-game run is the program’s longest since winning 10 straight in 1996-97. … UNC is 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since ‘97, which was Mack Brown’s final year before leaving to coach Texas. … Duke is 23-5 in its last 28 regular-season games and 14-4 in its last ACC regular-season matchups. … The Blue Devils have won six straight and 12 of 13 road games since the start of the 2013 season. … UNC surrendered program records of 6,472 yards (497.8 per game) and 507 points (39 per game) last year, but first-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has turned things around for a unit that ranks third nationally in pass defense and 16th nationally in scoring defense (17 per game). … The winner gets the “Victory Bell” and typically spray-paints it the winning shade of blue immediately after the game if it changes hands.


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