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Saturday is almost here. Meantime, here are some links to keep you occupied.

Last week, I wrote a story about how Lane Stadium is one of the most hostile places to play in college football, thanks especially to that menacing "Enter Sandman" entrance. It is not quiet the same at Duke. Coach David Cutcliffe called out the Duke fans, saying he was "disappointed with our homecoming crowd." He continued to say he wanted the student section to be full because "it makes a huge difference."

Some of Duke's best players have been banged up. But it appears that some of them are on the mend. Running backs Re'quan Boyette and Jay Hollingsworth and standout tackle Vince Oghobaase are possible to play Saturday against the Hokies.

After being consistently inconsistent through their first four games, the Blue Devils are hoping to maintain a steady level of intensity. If they are not intense on Saturday, well, it could be trouble for them. "Soft, passive, football against the Hokies could result in embarrassment," writes Edward G. Robinson III of the Raleigh News and Observer.

And in Durham, N.C., basketball season is never soon enough. Need evidence? Duke students had to take down signs they made to welcome a top basketball recruit, Kyrie Irving, during his visit to campus. Such action is against NCAA rule. And on Wednesday, Duke named its basketball captains: Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas.

Elsewhere in college football:

-- Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, he of haymaker infamy, could be reinstated this season. Blount punched a Boise State after the Broncos beat the Ducks on Sept. 3 in a chaotic and ugly scene that was replayed on a loop afterward. On Thursday, Blount penned a letter to the editor in the Oregon student newspaper, the Daily Emerald, apologizing for the incident.

-- Can't get enough of Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin? Me neither! Actually, this is not another foot-in-the-mouth situation. But he did blast his team -- "five percent of the guys," he said -- who are not performing and preparing up to snuff. The Volunteers play host to Auburn on Saturday.

-- Washington Coach Steve Sarkesian has already won over a lot of Huskies fans after the team's upset of Southern California, his old employer. But at practice this week, his music selection at practice was "a musical crime against humanity," according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Want a hint? As Condotta writes, Lou Holtz would have been in heaven.

By Mark Viera  |  October 2, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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