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Gearing up for the rivalry games.

  • Injured Duke backup quarterback Sean Renfree might not participate in any of the Blue Devils' spring drills, but coach David Cutcliffe hopes to have his future starter ready to go by the start of the 2010 season. Of course, they'd like to make sure starter Thaddeus Lewis is healthy for Saturday's season finale against Wake Forest. And despite a deep thigh bruise that's been bothering him, Lewis isn't one to quit. And he's got the Duke record books to prove it.

  • History says that Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has a tough road ahead. Check out this factoid from today's Washington Times:

From 1990 to 2008, coaches in BCS conferences (and their forerunners) who were in their jobs for at least four years have combined for 40 seasons of at least nine losses. Of those, only 17 returned for another season.

  • Bud Foster is getting his defense prepared for Virginia's trick plays this week.

  • Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the Clemson-South Carolina game.

  • FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has made significant improvements to the Seminoles' offense, it just hasn't shown up yet against Florida.

  • The Noles' defense will have to show up, too, on Saturday. The best way to stop Tim Tebow? Keep him off the field.

  • Miami could be without injured key veteran starter Jason Fox on the offensive line on Saturday against South Florida.

  • Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm has impressed just about everyone who has seen him play this year.

  • When it comes to teams in the state of Florida playing each other, you can always count on a recruiting subplot, and Miami-South Florida has a good one.

  • Tufts offensive coordinator Jay Civetti didn't hesitate when called upon to fill in for his ailing mentor, NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible.

  • UNC coach Butch Davis says that Russell Wilson, with the exception of C.J. Spiller, "is the most dynamic player in our league."

  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is trying to keep everyone level-headed about the rivalry against Georgia.