Duke vs Virginia Tech football odds, TV info and key players

Quarterback Duke Leonard Riley runs with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football team's game against Boston College on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Boston.  (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

Quarterback Duke Leonard Riley runs with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football team’s game against Boston College on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Boston. (AP Photo/Mark Stockwell)

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Virginia Tech and Duke find themselves in the opposite of their history when they play an ACC football game on Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

The Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2 ACC) are already eligible for the championship after posting three consecutive losing seasons and post-season losses from 2019-2021.

Virginia Tech (2-7, 1-5), owner of the nation’s longest running season streak with a pot appearance, is already set to finish once the regular season is complete. The Hokies played in pots for 27 consecutive seasons before moving 5-6 during the pandemic-tainted 2020 season.

Virginia Tech returned to the ball game last season, but defeated Maryland 54-10 in the Pinstripe Bowl to complete the season 6-7. Now, after a six-game losing streak under first-year coach Brent Bray, hockey is sure to lose its third straight season.

Duke has won her last two games, including a 38-31 win at Boston College on Friday that made the Blue Devils pot qualified for the first time since 2018.

Duke is second in the ACC Coastal Division standings, trailing only North Carolina (8-1, 5-0). The Blue Devils and Tar Heels are the only two teams in the coastal division to have won league records.

A win over Virginia Tech would give Duke four ACC wins in the same season for the first time since 2015. The Blue Devils entered this season after losing 13 consecutive league games while they’ve been 4-22 in ACC play over the past three seasons.

Three players roosters to watch

Riley Leonard, QB: The sophomore continued his breakout season, unleashing a 60-yard run at Boston College last Friday. Leonard Duke leads in rush yards (577) and fast descent (nine). He averages 6.34 yards per carry, and tops the ACC line-up. Malik Cunningham is in Louisville (5.2 yards) next. Leonard has also completed 64.4% of his passes this season, shooting 11 touchdowns to four interceptions.

Darius Joyner, S: He is Duke’s leading player with 71 stops this season, which includes 51 single stops, with seven tackles to lose. It is No. 8 overall in the ACC in Interventions. This is one year after Joyner has led all of the NCAA Division I players with 142 tackles in western Illinois. Increasingly active in Duke’s blitz packages, Joiner has quickened moderators and forced stumbles as well.

Jordan Waters, RB: Duke has started running during his last four matches with Jaylene Coleman sidelined due to a lower body injury. Although Coleman was in uniform at Boston College, he stayed on the sidelines as Waters gained 51 yards in 11 coach touchdowns, the eighth of the season. Waters’ production, along with Leonard, Duke averaged 208.1 rushing yards per game, second in the ACC.

Three Virginia Tech players to watch

Grant Wells, Qatar: The youngster is going through a difficult season with as many interceptions (eight) as touchdowns (eight). His 58.5 completion percentage is better than only one ACC player (Virginia Brennan Armstrong is 54.9%). He has failed to throw at least 200 yards in four ACC games this season, including last Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Georgia Tech when he threw for 164 yards. Wells has six touchdown runs.

Caleb Smith, WR: The most explosive player in Virginia Tech’s offense averaging just 20.2 points per game this season. Smith, a senior, leads the Hokies in receptions (35) and receiving yards (647) with three touchdowns. He averages 18.5 yards per reception, and third in the ACC.

Dax Holyfield, left-back: The great player continues to be a decent player even though his team didn’t make it. Holyfield leads hockey in the tackles (67), with 28 solo stops. He has five tackles to lose this season but only two in the last seven games for Virginia Tech.

Vegas betting odds

Duke opened as a file 10 favorite points on Virginia Tech on Sunday with a total of under 50.

Virginia Tech on Duke and TV info

From: Virginia Tech (2-7, 1-5) at Duke (6-3, 3-2)

where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham

When: Saturday afternoon

Television: RSN (Fox Sports South, North Carolina)

Stream: Bali Sports Plus

This story was originally published November 7, 2022 7:10 am.

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Steve Wiseman has covered Duke Athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald Sun and Rally News & Observer. He placed second in both news writing and breaking news in the 2019 National Associated Press Sports Editors Competition. Steve has previously worked for The State (Columbia, SC), Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering tunes including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina Athletics and Supreme Committee General Assembly. He has won several statewide press union awards. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.

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