Saturday's games

DUKE (5-2, 1-2 ACC) AT No. 14 (BCS) VIRGINIA TECH (6-1, 3-0 ACC)

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg.

THE SKINNY: Thursday's injury report made this game more interesting with the addition of cornerback Kyle Fuller (questionable with groin injury) to a list that already included cornerback Brandon Facyson (doubtful with concussion). If those guys can't play, pressure will instantly fall on cornerback Antone Exum, who will be playing for the first time this season. Tech's coaching staff worked during the off week to improve the running game and help provide some support for quarterback Logan Thomas and the developing passing attack. Keeping Duke's potent offense (29 completions of 20-plus yards) off the field will be critical for Tech.

PREDICTION: Tech 28-17.

GEORGIA TECH (4-3, 3-2 ACC) AT VIRGINIA (2-5, 0-3 ACC)

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville.

THE SKINNY: With Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech still on U.Va.'s schedule, this weekend's game along with a Nov. 9 game at North Carolina would appear to be the Cavaliers' best chances for wins, but stopping the Yellow Jackets' option will be tough for U.Va.'s banged-up defense. U.Va. quarterback David Watford will be facing a passing defense giving up just 203.7 yards per game. If it's going to snap a five-game losing streak, U.Va. must put aside any lingering hangover from last week's blown 22-point lead against Duke.

PREDICTION: Georgia Tech 38-24.

Norm Wood


WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Dick Price Stadium, Norfolk.

THE SKINNY: Monarchs QB Taylor Heinicke (72 pct. completions, 2,400 yds, 16 TD, 6 int) is 139 yards away from 10,000 for his career. He might get that in the first quarter. ODU's task is to keep premier defenders Lynden Trail and Deon King (combined 11 sacks, 19 TFL) off of Heinicke. Norfolk State's offense averages just 14 ppg and has been inconsistent, owing to turnovers and a revolving door at quarterback. Barring the unusual, this is likely ODU's last game at an FCS opponent.



WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Zable Stadium, Williamsburg.