Duke-Florida State Preview Capsule

Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012
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Duke (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at No. 11 Florida St (7-1, 4-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Florida State by 28.

Series record: Florida State leads 17-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Florida State can't slip again and keep its hopes of winning the ACC's Atlantic Division since North Carolina State, which plays at North Carolina on Saturday, controls its destiny in the division. Duke sits atop the Coastal Division of the ACC and must keep winning to stay ahead of a jumbled field in that battle for a spot in the league's title game in December. The Blue Devils, who have never defeated Florida State, still have Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami remaining.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida State's league-leading defense led by pass rushers Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine against Duke's pass-first offense that averages 289.4 yards a game in the air, led by QB Mike Renfree. The Seminole defense, which leads the ACC in all major defensive categories, has allowed 157.4 yards passing a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke: WR Conner Vernon, who needs 94 receiving yards to break former Seminole Peter Warrick's ACC record of 3,517 yards. Vernon is already the ACC's career leader with 249 catches. Vernon has caught at least one pass in 43 straight games. Vernon and sophomore Jamison Crowder each have 51 catches and five touchdowns this season for Duke.



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