Keys to the Game, Matchups, and Game Projection: Duke

After a huge win last week at Clemson, Virginia Tech hopes to maintain their
momentum in a road contest against the Duke Blue Devils. Beamerball was on full
display last week, and the Hokies hope to continue their exceptional defensive
and special teams play against Duke. The Blue Devils are improving, even
registering a win against Northwestern, but will Duke have enough manpower to
compete with Virginia Tech?

While statistically Duke still looks like a cellar dweller, the Blue Devils
have been competitive in their last two ACC contests against Wake Forest and
Miami. Duke plays hard, but they lack the athletes to compete against the upper
echelon teams. Tech’s game plan against the Blue Devils should be relatively
simple: put your superior athletes in a position to make plays.

Defensively, Bud Foster will be aggressive and look to force mistakes.
Offensively, the Hokies will look to get their playmakers outside in space. And
on special teams, Beamerball will try to create some big plays and create
momentum on the road.

So, how will the Hokies accomplish these goals?