At 5-1, the Duke football team kicks off against Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. in Blacksburg, looking for the team's first bowl berth since the 1994 season. While the Blue Devils are off to their best start since that bowl campaign, the Hokies sit at 3-3 and are off to their worst start since 1992—the last season they didn't make a bowl game under head coach Frank Beamer.
In this week's edition of Four Downs, our weekly football preview program, we discuss Conner Vernon breaking the ACC receptions record, Duke's run defense and the Blue Devils matching up against this struggling Hokie squad. We also offer predictions for the game, which you can see at the bottom of the page:
With the Hokies a heavy 10-point favorite at Lane Stadium and the over/under set now at 56 points, here are our predictions for the game:
Danny Nolan: 34-27 Virginia Tech
Chris Cusack: 34-31 Duke
Andrew Beaton: 34-31 Duke
Make sure to follow @chroniclesports for live updates during the game and come back here for recaps after every quarter.