Surging Duke set for matchup with Virginia Tech

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While Duke is hearing all the talk about being on the brink of bowl eligibility, the Blue Devils are also keenly aware of one disturbing fact: They are a combined 1-39 against the last six opponents on their schedule since the ACC expanded in 2004.

The Blue Devils (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) hope to prove that they have moved beyond their history, starting with their game Saturday at Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (3-3, 1-1) have struggled in all three phases of the game at various times this season, and are coming off a 48-34 loss at North Carolina that raised more questions about their defense.

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell says the Hokies are still "top dogs" and it might not be the ideal time to be heading to Blacksburg.

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