ACC Coastal Division race: Duke just one win from ACC title game

Duke can clinch a spot in the ACC title game with a win at UNC next week. (USATSI)
Duke can clinch a spot in the ACC title game with a win at UNC next week. (USATSI)

Duke clinched a share of the ACC Coastal Divison title with its 28-21 win at Wake Forest on Saturday, securing the school's first 9-win season since 1941. The victory also eliminated a fair chunk of the 32 possible Coastal Division title scenarios. With one week left to play in the regular season, there are five teams that can earn a share of the division title and four that can earn a spot in the ACC Championship Game against Florida State.

Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC)

Week 14: at UNC

Title Needs: The easiest path to Charlotte; win and the Blue Devils are in the ACC title game.

Virginia Tech (7-4, 4-3 ACC)

Week 14: at Virginia 

Title Needs: Mostly, the Hokies need UNC to beat Duke. That, plus a Miami win against Pittsburgh forces a five-way tie with Georgia Tech, Duke, UNC and Miami at 5-3. If Pittsburgh beats Miami, there is a four-way tie for the Coastal Division title. Virginia Tech wins both of those tiebreaker scenarios thanks to its head-to-head record against the tied teams.

Miami (8-3, 4-3 ACC)

Week 14: at Pittsburgh

Title Needs: Miami needs a win at Pitt, a Duke loss at UNC and a Virginia Tech loss to Virginia in order to force a four-way tie Duke, Georgia Tech, and UNC at 5-3. The Hurricanes have a 2-1 record against those tied opponents, giving them a program-first appearance in the ACC Championship Game and rematch against Florida State.

Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3 ACC)

Week 14: vs. Georgia

Title Needs: Georgia Tech's ACC schedule is done, but there is still a way for the Yellow Jackets to return to the ACC title game for the second-straight season. Paul Johnson's team needs arguably the most help of the bunch; requiring Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke losses to force a three-way tie at 5-3 with the Blue Devils and UNC.  

North Carolina (6-5, 4-3 ACC)

Week 14: vs. Duke 

Title Needs: North Carolina can force a three-team, four-team, or five-team tie for the ACC Coastal Division title with a victory against Duke. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, losses to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Miami earlier this season would prevent a trip to the ACC Championship Game.  

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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