Heading into the final two weeks of the season, the Duke Blue Devils and Miami Hurricanes are both in control of their own destiny in the Coastal Division of the ACC. The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets are also very much alive in the race, but, unlike Duke and UM, they don’t control their destiny and will need help from Cutcliffe and his squad if they want to make it to the ACC Championship game.
Let’s take a quick look at what each team needs to do/happen in order to make it to the Championship:
MIAMI – 4-3 ACC, 5-5 Overall
What needs to happen: Defeat Duke.
Miami has the easiest and least complicated scenario of the three teams. Having only one ACC game left, all they need to do is defeat the Blue Devils to make it to the ACC Championship Game.
DUKE – 3-3 ACC, 6-4 Overall
What needs to happen: Defeat Georgia Tech. Defeat Miami.
Duke was breezing through ACC play until Clemson and Florida State got in the way. Now, they’re faced with a difficult one-game elimination playoff through the rest of their season. If they somehow win out over their next three games, they’ll land in a BCS game, if they lose once, they’re looking at a birth in the Music City Bowl, most likely. How exciting is this, though? A program that has been a complete laughingstock for the last few years finds themselves in a position to get to a BCS game? You have to love college football.
Georgia Tech – 4-3 ACC, 5-5 Overall
What needs to happen: Defeat Duke. Duke defeats Miami
Georgia Tech wraps up their ACC slate against Duke this weekend, but, if the Yellowjackets manage to pick up the victory, they’ll find the rest of their ACC hopes out of their hands, as they’ll need Duke to knock off Miami in order to pass the Hurricanes in the standings. This all goes back to 4th quarter meltdown that Georgia Tech suffered in a 42-36 overtime loss to Miami back in late September.
Duke vs. Georgia Tech this weekend in an elimination game. The playoffs start now. Who’s excited?
Give ‘em hell, Blue Devils.