Semi­noles aim to ex­tend long streak

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TAL­LA­HAS­SEE — FSU has an­other impressive win­ning streak it wishes to con­tinue when vis­it­ing Duke on Satur­day.

The Semi­noles are a per­fect 19-0 against the Duke Blue Devils, a streak that be­gan in FSU’s first sea­son in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence in 1992 and was last re­vis­ited in FSU’s 45-7 win in the 2013 con­fer­ence-ti­tle game.

De­spite FSU’s 1-3 start to the 2017 sea­son, Duke coach David Cut­cliffe and his play­ers are not tak­ing the Semi­noles lightly by any means. The Blue Devils (4-2, 1-2 ACC) see the matchup as a lit­mus test they hope to pass dur­ing the noon matchup in Wal­lace Wade Sta­dium

“I think when you're play­ing a pro­gram like Flor­ida State, there's a lot of peo­ple prob­a­bly in the same boat that Duke is in that haven't beaten them. That's just a fact. Or even for­tu­nate to beat them once or twice,” Cut­cliffe said dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s ACC con­fer­ence call.

FSU and Duke played an­nu­ally from 1992-2007 and have played only three times un­der Jimbo Fisher, a 41-16 win at Duke in 2011 and a 48-7 win in Tal­la­has­see in 2012.

With a win over Duke, FSU would have at least 20 wins against eight teams, join­ing Clem­son, Mary­land, Vir­ginia Tech, Flor­ida, NC State, Wake For­est and Mi­ami.

“It's a great foot­ball tra­di­tional pro­gram,” Cut­cliffe said of FSU. “Our play­ers are very aware of who we're play­ing and the qual­ity of that pro­gram. You know that this is a test that you're go­ing to go and you're go­ing to have to play well and com­pete at the high­est level to have an op­por­tu­nity.”

Next: FSU at Duke, Satur­day, noon, ESPN2

Safid Deen

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