Clemson-Duke Preview Capsule

Associated Press Published: November 1, 2012
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No. 10 Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) at Duke (6-3, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Clemson by 13.

Series Record: Clemson leads 35-16-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Tigers haven't lost since falling to Florida State in September and need to keep winning to have any chance of slipping past the No. 9 Seminoles in the Atlantic Division race. The Blue Devils are already bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and are tied atop the Coastal Division standings in the chase for a spot in the ACC championship game.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins vs. Duke's secondary. Watkins had more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving last year, but he's managed just one TD catch this year. With fellow wideout DeAndre Hopkins closing in on 1,000 yards and has 10 touchdowns, the Blue Devils can't afford to let Watkins get loose in this one. Duke's secondary features three players — CB Ross Cockrell, and safeties Walt Canty and Jordan Byas — who have all been the ACC defensive back of the week this season.



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