The winner of this week’s Virginia Tech-Miami game would seem to have the inside track because both teams have manageable paths down the stretch. The Hokies’ final four ACC opponents — which include the last-place teams in both divisions — have a combined conference record of 9-11. The Hurricanes’ is 5-8.
Had the Tar Heels been eligible, they would seem to be in control because their final three league opponents are a combined 4-9. And, as topsy-turvy as this season has been in the Coastal, it’s hard to rule out Duke — which finishes against Georgia Tech and Miami.
‘‘Every time you win in November, the next game’s bigger, because there’s a real prize out there, and that’s a serious prize,’’ Cutcliffe said.
AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, S.C.; and Hank Kurz Jr. in Charlottesville, Va., contributed to this report.