TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Although Florida State and Duke are already bowl qualified, both are in need of wins to keep alive their Atlantic Coast Conference championship hopes.
The 11th-ranked Seminoles (7-1, 4-1 ACC) can ill afford another slip-up Saturday while keeping pace in the ACC's Atlantic Division while Duke (6-2, 3-1) sits on top of the Coastal Division.
Florida State doesn't control its destiny, while Duke does if it wins out. The Blue Devils still have Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami remaining.
Florida State must win the rest of its games and hope North Carolina State stumbles. The Wolfpack control their destiny in the division on the strength of a 17-16 win over the Seminoles. Florida State's last two ACC games are on the road against Virginia Tech and Maryland.
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