Noles aren't the only ones hurting on the D-Line. Duke's fifth-year DL Eli Nichols is out for the season. Nichols led Duke in sacks the last two seasons.
Five hosses at running back. Duke may rotate a stable of five backs on Saturday. "We're not satisfied," running back Re'quan Boyette said after Duke racked up 201 net yards at Tuscaloosa. "We came out and gave them a hell of a game, but we didn't win. So we need to carry that motivation into Florida State on Saturday."
And if that wasn't enough to give Mickey heartburn. "We have guys healthy and made some yardage after contact," said Duke Coach Ted Roof after the Bama game. "The offensive line is developing and has to continue to get better. We have to have some success running the ball to win games, and this was first time we had sustained success."
Which Duke defense will show up? The one that limited Alabama to 17 rushing yards in the first half? Or its evil twin that gave up 117 yards in the second half, including two long scoring drives that led to touchdowns.
"I don't think the defense let up at all," nose guard Vince Oghobaase said. "It wasn't a matter of them wearing us down or getting tired. It was a matter of busted assignments, and people not being in the right spot when the play was called."
Disaster in Durham? Remember the upset FSU's basketball team pulled off against Duke earlier this year? One Tobacco Road sports writer wonders if it can happen in reverse and on the football field. Read it here while you give you worry beads a good workout.
And if you're going to the game: Careful what messages you display on your car. While an FSU bumper sticker or license plate might get your car keyed on other ACC campuses, a subtle "W" could result in your ride being totally trashed at Duke. Best insurance: "Free Tibet" or "Bush Lied" bumper stickers. Also, no cracks about Duke's Lacrosse team while on campus.