Duke says tight end Braxton Deaver will miss the season after tearing a knee ligament.
Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.
North Carolina has optimism from a strong finish and motivation from watching a rival's surprise trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
And that has the Tar Heels talking about making their own run in the wide-open Coastal Division.
"Once you've put in so much work, you really can feel what you're working toward is actually a reality," linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said. "All the work we've put in, we feel like we deserve something out of it."
Duke can certainly get used to the view from the top.
The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.
Duke linebacker Kelby Brown will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during a preseason scrimmage.
Ron Wellman can breathe a bit easier.
Bryan Underwood spent the summer getting stronger, improving his conditioning and even flirting with his goal of squatting 500 pounds in the weight room. He is hoping it will help him make some game-turning plays for North Carolina State, too.
Ed O'Bannon knows it's not over, far from it. He's ready for the appeals, and welcomes a challenge to the ruling that could change big-time college sports forever.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland have settled their legal dispute over the Terrapins' exit from the league.