Game Capsule: Duke v. N Carolina

Game Capsule: Duke v. N Carolina

A look at the Blue Devils and Tar Heels who will kick of on Saturday afternoon.

No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) at North Carolina (6-5, 4-3)
Noon (ESPN2)

Line: North Carolina by 5 1/2.

Series: North Carolina leads 58-36-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Duke can complete its surprising run to the ACC's Coastal Division championship and earn a berth in the league championship game against No. 2 Florida State with a second straight win against the rival Tar Heels. UNC has won five straight after a 1-5 start to reach bowl eligibility and can claim a share of the division title, not to mention avenge a last-second loss to the Blue Devils last year.

KEY MATCHUP

Duke's offensive line vs. North Carolina's defensive front. The line helped the Blue Devils run for 358 yards in the win against Miami but only 121 last week against Wake Forest. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, have improved significantly on defense during their winning streak and have 17 of their 26 sacks in the past five games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Duke: QB Brandon Connette. The run-pass threat has scored the go-ahead touchdown in the second half of two wins this month. He also ran for four short scores and threw for a fifth to beat Miami on Nov. 16.

North Carolina: TB T.J. Logan. The Tar Heels haven't had one guy take hold of the lead-back duties, but the freshman has seen a bigger role as the season wears on. Logan ran for a season-high 137 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a score last week against Old Dominion.

FACTS & FIGURES

There is some disagreement on the record in the long rivalry. Both schools claim a 1-0 victory by forfeit against the other in 1889. ... Duke has already clinched its first winning season since 1994 and matched a school record with nine wins, something it hadn't done since 1941. ... The Tar Heels scored a program-record 80 points in last week's win against Old Dominion. ... UNC is looking to win six straight games for the first time since Mack Brown's final season in 1997. ... UNC has gone young this year, with 39 of the team's 47 touchdowns this season being scored by freshmen or sophomores.

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