Clemson-Duke Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

No. 10 Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) at Duke (6-3, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Clemson by 13.

Series Record: Clemson leads 35-16-1.


The Tigers haven't lost since falling to Florida State in September and need to keep winning to have any chance of slipping past the No. 9 Seminoles in the Atlantic Division race. The Blue Devils are already bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and are tied atop the Coastal Division standings in the chase for a spot in the ACC championship game.


Clemson WR Sammy Watkins vs. Duke's secondary. Watkins had more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving last year, but he's managed just one TD catch this year. With fellow wideout DeAndre Hopkins closing in on 1,000 yards and has 10 touchdowns, the Blue Devils can't afford to let Watkins get loose in this one. Duke's secondary features three players -- CB Ross Cockrell, and safeties Walt Canty and Jordan Byas -- who have all been the ACC defensive back of the week this season.


Clemson: RB Andre Ellington. Ellington is the ACC's second-leading rusher at about 94 yards per game, providing a strong complement to Tajh Boyd and the Tigers' air attack.

Duke: WR Conner Vernon. Vernon ranks among the league leaders in catches and yards receiving as the top target for senior QB Sean Renfree.


Duke hasn't beaten Clemson since winning on a 53-yard field goal at the horn in November 2004. ... The Blue Devils are 5-0 at Wallace Wade Stadium, matching the single-season record for home wins. ... Clemson hasn't played at Wallace Wade since November 2007. ... It's the first time the teams are playing a night game. ... The Tigers have won every game by at least 14 since falling to Florida State on Sept. 22.