A Duke win today will wrap up the ACC Coastal Division and send the Blue Devils to their first ACC Championship Game in program history. It is not going to be easy picking it up on the road at North Carolina if the first half was any indication. Duke leads the Tar Heels 17-15 after a back-and-forth first half.
Duke opened the second quarter with a 17-play drive but was held to just a field goal for the first time all season in a first and goal situation. That field goal gave Duke their first lead of the day, after North Carolina and Duke had traded touchdown drives in the first quarter. The Tar Heels responded by capping a nine-play drive with a Marquise Williams push up the middle on the goal line to regain the lead. North Carolina then completed a two-point conversion for a 15-10 lead. Duke’s special teams hero DeVon Edwards returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give Duke the lead right back, 17-10.
Not only is Duke playing for the right to play in the ACC Championship Game, but the Blue Devils are also looking to record the first 10-win season in program history. North Carolina is also playing for a winning season. The Tar Heels would be on the outside of any of the ACC Coastal Division tie breakers but could claim a share of the division championship with a win. A North Carolina win would set up a four-team tie for the division, and a five-way tie if both UNC and Virginia Tech win today.