College Football Preview: Duke vs. Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. ó With some help from its friends at Georgia Tech and more needed next week, Virginia Tech still has a chance to reach its first goal: repeating as ACC division champs.
The Hokies (6-4, 3-3 ACC) stayed alive Thursday night when the Yellow Jackets beat division-leading Miami, but will have to dash Duke’s postseason dreams on today to keep their improbable push going.
And that’s just what they have to do for this week.
The Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5) still have a chance to reach a bowl game for the first time since 1994, but in their first season under head coach David Cutcliffe, they need to win their last two games.
Something, clearly, has to give at Lane Stadium on Saturday.
The Hokies have had an up-and-down season, losing three of four after a five-game winning streak. Their latest loss was 16-14 at Miami.
“I think it made us stronger, losing that tough one last week,” rover Dorian Porch said. “That’s not something you like to experience, but it definitely brought us closer together as a team.”
They’ll need to show it against the Blue Devils, a largely veteran team that has improved under Cutcliffe. Duke boasts victories against Virginia, Vanderbilt and Navy, but will arrive having lost three in a row.
Even so, “They’ve got a lot of juniors and seniors that have been there, playing through those times,” Porch said.
Virginia Tech rolled over Duke 43-14 last year, but coach Frank Beamer said they have dangerous players on both sides of the ball.