DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Clemson entered the season hoping to win a second straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Time is running out for the 10th-ranked Tigers to make up lost ground in their division race.
Heading into Saturday night's trip to Duke, the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 ACC) haven't lost since falling 49-37 at Florida State on Sept. 22.
But with the ninth-ranked Seminoles sitting just ahead of Clemson and holding the head-to-head tiebreaker, Clemson can't afford to stumble against the Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2).
The game is just as critical for the Blue Devils, who have already secured bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. Duke is still tied atop the ACC's Coastal Division standings despite last weekend's ugly 48-7 loss at FSU.