Duke is a contender in the Coastal Division.
In fact, the Blue Devils just might be favored to beat Virginia Tech next weekend -- in Blacksburg.
Welcome to Bizarro world in the ACC, but before you start in on just how out of whack the Coastal Division is, pause for a second to give Duke some credit.
The Blue Devils have been banged up on defense. They were without their injured starting quarterback, Sean Renfree. And yet Duke left no doubt in Saturday's 42-17 win over Virginia that it was the better team and is a team to be taken seriously in this year's Coastal Division race.
On a day in which the rest of the ACC forgot how to play defense, Duke shut out Virginia for the entire second half. Duke is not only playing defense this year, it's playing hard-hitting, attitude defense. Virginia had two turnovers. Duke had none. This is a well-coached, disciplined team that is off to a 5-1 start. It's 2-0 in the ACC. It's undefeated at home. And it's ONE WIN away from going bowling for the first time since 1994.
Virginia, on the other hand, has now lost four straight.
The balance of power has shifted in the Coastal Division, and for the first time in a long time, Duke has it. More importantly, it deserves it.