Duke will attempt the biggest upset of the 2013 college football season when it takes on No. 1-ranked Florida State in the ACC Championship Game in Week 15.
Heading into Saturday's game, it's widely assumed that the Seminoles will be one of the two teams playing for a national title in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has led his team to a perfect 12-0 record, and no team has come close to taking down Florida State this year.
Featuring the nation's No. 2-ranked scoring offense and its top-ranked scoring defense, the Seminoles have won every game by at least two touchdowns—including blowout victories over Maryland, Clemson and Miami.
The Blue Devils didn't appear to be a threat to anyone after opening the season 2-2.
But since that time, Duke hasn't lost a game, and one more win would propel this team into the Orange Bowl as the ACC representative—not to mention crush FSU's title hopes.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the ACC Championship Game, along with injury reports for both teams, a closer examination of the biggest key to victory and a final prediction:
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
Live Stream: Watch ABC
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 62 points
- Spread: Florida State (-29)
Duke Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Eric Adams||RB||Ques Sat - Upper Body - 12/1/13|
|Jamal Wallace||DE||Out for season - Ankle - 10/15/13|
|Britton Grier||DE||Out indefinitely - Upper Body - 8/30/13|
|Jared Boyd||CB||Out indefinitely - Leg - 8/30/13|
|Thomas Sirk||QB||Out indefinitely - Achilles - 8/30/13|
|Tanner Stone||T||Out for season - Ankle - 8/17/13|
Florida State Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Tyler Hunter||DB||Ques Sat - Neck - 12/1/13|
|Ira Denson||OL||Out for season - Shoulder - 10/4/13|
|Mario Pender||RB||Out for season - Eligibility - 8/30/13|
|Jeremy Kerr||TE||Out indefinitely - Knee - 8/23/13|
|Kevin Haplea||TE||Out for season - Knee - 8/23/13|
|Willie Haulstead||WR||Out for season - Academics - 8/17/13|
|Greg Dent||WR||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 8/15/13|
|Jarred Haggins||WR||Out for season - Knee - 8/15/13|
Can Anthony Boone Keep Pace with Jameis Winston?
Unless you've been living under a rock this year, then you know Jameis Winston is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year.
Not only has he led his team to an undefeated record, but he's accounted for 38 total touchdowns and has shown up huge in big games. As a result, Florida State features the nation's second-ranked scoring offense, averaging 53.7 points per game.
Most casual college football fans likely haven't heard much about his counterpart in Saturday's big game, however, as Duke has flown under the national radar all year long.
Anthony Boone's 2013 campaign hasn't been perfect either, and his stats don't come close to measuring up to those of Winston. Playing in nine games, he's passed for 1,695 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, adding another four scores on the ground.
Despite his less-than-stellar season, Boone has shown sparks of life, passing for 530 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last two starts. If he can continue his strong play on Saturday, then the Blue Devils will have a chance of winning.
Is there any chance for Duke in this game?
Sure, but it's miniscule.
Florida State's roster is full of elite players who possess elite size, strength and speed. This team has taken down the three ranked teams it faced (Maryland, Clemson and Miami) by a combined score of 155-28.
Which team will win?
Meanwhile, Duke barely squeaked past North Carolina in Week 14. Furthermore, it has only scored as many points as FSU averages once this year—in a losing cause against Pittsburgh.
Florida State's No. 2-ranked scoring defense is led by a strong front four that will break down Duke's offensive line, wreaking havoc on any potential game plan the Blue Devils have to try and control the clock with a running game.
It's not going to be close.
Florida State wins 49-17.
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