Duke rallies from early deficit to beat Troy and extend it's road winning streak to six
Blue Devils erase early deficit to win handily
Blue Devils recover from slow start
First-year N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack Saturday will go after inaugural wins both as a head coach and at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium during the home opener for the Eagles, who host Elizabeth City State (5 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
San Diego State might bring an innovative defense filled with exotic blitzes, pre-snap movement and different coverages to Kenan Stadium for its matchup with No. 21 North Carolina tonight (8:05 p.m., ESPNews).
Last season, one of the most impressive things the Blue Devils did en route to a 10-4 record and ACC Coastal Division championship was go undefeated in games played on their opponents’ home fields. As Duke (1-0) travels to Troy, Alabama for its first road game of the season Saturday (7, ESPN3.com), Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said his team must find the same mentality that last year’s group had.
Steve Spurrier sounds less certain about No. 21 South Carolina’s potential for big things than he did a few weeks ago.
Then again, a performance like the Gamecocks’ 52-28 embarrassing loss at home against Texas A&M might shake even the staunchest believer’s faith. South Carolina, 0-1 for the first time since 1999, tries to get back on track Saturday (7 p.m., ESPNU) against East Carolina a big winner in its opener against visiting N.C. Central last week.
New Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson isn’t going to scrap everything just because his team lost its opener in embarrassing fashion. The Demon Deacons simply have to get better at those things — starting with Saturday’s game against Gardner-Webb of the FCS.
North Carolina State’s defense is preparing for an entirely different challenge this week. The Wolfpack’s pass defense figures to get a test Saturday night from an Old Dominion team that is capable of throwing the ball all over the field.
Elizabeth City State vs. N.C. Central
Three fellow teams ranked in the top 20 join Duke at Koskinen Stadium for women's soccer doubleheaders Friday and Sunday
N.C. Central is expected to have the upper hand Saturday against Elizabeth City State after being in the underdog role at ECU last week. Plus, NCCU coach Jerry Mack says NCCU wasn't the first program to call him, but it was the best fit.
Duke’s linebacker limbo has another degree of difficulty this week. Already playing without redshirt senior Kelby Brown, out for the season with a knee injury, Duke will not have senior C.J. France when it plays at Troy on Saturday night (7 p.m., ESPN.com).
Returning Duke starter Amile Jefferson has been sidelined since June with a hip injury and he’s been unable to work on the court.
Because the unit lost an all-ACC player in preseason, Duke’s linebacking corps finds itself in a particularly bright spotlight as the season begins.