- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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'Tis the season to compile lists, fa-la-la ...
You get the point. In the absence of practice reports and games, we need something to do in the summer until football actually begins. So we make lists. Lots of lists. This one is a pretty fun, light read: Top revenge games for 2014. Because who doesn't love exacting revenge?
One ACC game makes the list. And it's a bit surprising.
I suppose the Hokies do want to exact a measure of revenge on the Blue Devils, whose shocking win in Blacksburg last season helped propel them to the Coastal Division title. It was Virginia Tech's first loss to Duke since 1981. They meet again Nov. 16 in Durham, North Carolina, and just about everybody believes there will be ACC championship game implications at stake when they play.
Still, the Duke-Virginia Tech matchup does not exactly scream revenge the way most of the others on the list do. After all, this game has actually meant something just once. The shock factor clearly put this game on a different level.
Now, here are some choices for top revenge games in the ACC:
Boston College-Syracuse: BC coach Steve Addazio said last season's last-second loss to Syracuse was one of the toughest of his career. Syracuse scored with 6 seconds left to win 34-31. The Eagles surely want payback.
North Carolina-East Carolina: The Tar Heels came completely unraveled in a shocking 55-31 loss to the Pirates last season. It was East Carolina's first win in Chapel Hill since 1975.
Miami-Louisville: The Hurricanes are still smarting from their embarrassing performance in a 36-9 loss to the Cardinals in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Revenge could be served up in Week 1.
Let's take a look at other headlines across the ACC:
Laura Keeley counts down the most important players to Duke football.
Can Jameis Winston be even better in 2014?
Louisville receiver DeVante Parker had some choice words for former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.
David Teel does a great, in-depth interview with incoming Virginia Tech president Tim Sands on autonomy, Hokies' football and the future of intercollegiate athletics.
Is eight wins a reasonable goal for Syracuse?
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