No. 25 Duke savors role as ACC Coastal leader


by AP

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — They're used to winning streaks, national rankings and ACC championship buzz at Duke.

Just not in football.

But now that the 25th-ranked Blue Devils have the upper hand in the Coastal Division race, they're out to prove there's more to sports at Duke than basketball.

Tight end Braxton Deaver said Tuesday that "you see all those numbers next to teams' names and you say, 'I want that.'"

The Blue Devils (8-2, 4-2) were once again the preseason pick to finish last in the Coastal Division.

Instead, they've won six straight — their longest winning streak since 1994 — and now have their first national ranking since that season.

If they beat Wake Forest and North Carolina, they'll play No. 2 Florida State in the ACC championship game.

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