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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Poll: Who will win the Coastal Division?

By Heather Dinich

Earlier this morning, Andrea Adelson and I debated which team will win the Coastal Division this year. I went out on a limb and gave the Canes a vote of confidence. AA is sticking with the Hokies. Somebody has to give Duke some love, though. That's where you come in. Duke is the only bowl-eligible team in the division right now, and it's leading the division standings.

Here's a look at what's left on the schedule for the Coastal Division front-runners. Take a look and then cast your vote for which team will represent the division in Charlotte this year:

DUKE (6-2, 3-1 ACC)

Remaining schedule: at Florida State, Clemson, at Georgia Tech, Miami

The skinny: Duke's only league loss so far was to the Hokies in Blacksburg. It was a bizarre game in which Duke jumped out to a 20-0 lead but was outscored 41-0 in the final three quarters for what was Virginia Tech's biggest comeback under coach Frank Beamer. Duke rebounded at just the right time, though, become bowl eligible last week with a 33-30 win over rival North Carolina. The biggest difference in that game was Duke's ability to run the ball.

MIAMI (4-4, 3-2)

Remaining schedule: Virginia Tech (Nov. 1), at Virginia, South Florida, at Duke

The skinny: The Hurricanes' defense has been one of the worst in the ACC, and injuries have been a problem for starting quarterback Stephen Morris and standout freshman Duke Johnson, who was injured against Florida State. The best thing the Canes have going for them right now is a favorable November schedule -- and a bye week.

VIRGINIA TECH (4-4, 2-2)

Remaining schedule: at Miami (Nov. 1), Florida State (Nov. 8), at Boston College, Virginia

The skinny: The Hokies' defense has shown improvement in each of the past two games, but the offense continues to sputter. Virginia Tech has now lost three of its past four, but has the bye week to prepare for a trip to Miami. The loss of center Andrew Miller to a season-ending injury was a huge blow to the offensive line. The Hokies have four losses before the end of October for the first time since 1992.