Duke's 4 Keys to Upsetting Florida State in the ACC Championship Game

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Duke's 4 Keys to Upsetting Florida State in the ACC Championship Game
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Walter Camp Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe celebrates after beating North Carolina last week.

On paper, the 2013 ACC Championship featuring the Duke Blue Devils and the Florida State Seminoles is about as lopsided as a championship game could be. The 'Noles come into the game favored by a whopping 29 points, according to Bovada, and they boast the widest average margin of victory in the country at 42.7. 

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, whom we learned on Thursday will not be charged with sexual assault, per CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin, has run away with the Heisman Trophy and has a passing efficiency rating of 192.6. To put his efficiency in perspective, the NCAA record is 191.8 set by Russell Wilson in 2011. 

The Seminoles defense hasn't been too bad either. They're first in the nation in points allowed per game at just 11 per contest. 

So why are we even having this conversation? 

While the Blue Devils are major underdogs, they've won 10 games, have four running backs who average more than five yards per carry and are well-coached. They have one of the top playmakers in the country, and they're playing just two hours from home. 

Let's take a look at four things that Duke will need to do in order to upset the undefeated Seminoles. 

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