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Virginia couldn't shake Miami last year, but who knows what will happen in 2014?
Miami has a challenging road schedule, so—save for Florida State—the 'Canes cannot afford dropping conference meetings at home or when they head to Virginia.
Duke won the Coastal in 2013, but David Cutcliffe's offense has taken major hits over the four offseason months to date.
Josh Snead and Anthony Boone return, but the Blue Devils lost Juwan Thompson—their second-leading rusher—to graduation and Jela Duncan—the No. 3 back—to academic ineligibility.
Brandon Connette, who scored a team-high 14 touchdowns last year, is in the process of transferring to be closer to his ailing mother.
When Duke enters Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 27, it is imperative that Miami sends the weakened Blue Devils home remembering a loss.
Last season, North Carolina struggled in early ACC play and fell short of Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and the Hurricanes. However, a revamped UNC offense likely guided by Marquise Williams will challenge The U, looking to steal a win in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Virginia landed 5-stars Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding along with elite 4-star playmaker Jamil Kamara in its 2014 class, but the Wahoos are coming off a 2-10 season. At this time, falling in the Nov. 22 matchup would be an unacceptable result for Miami.
Lastly, Pittsburgh must replace CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and journeyman quarterback Tom Savage. Chad Voytik is likely to win the competition under center and the sophomore will have plenty of experience by the season finale.
Miami must go 4-0 in these games. Otherwise, a Coastal Division title will be nearly impossible to attain.