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So the New York Yankees are headed back to the World Series . . . oops. You'll have to forgive this displaced New Jerseyan. Although November is almost here, baseball is still the main topic of conversation among those from my hometown.

That's unlike the conversation happening currently in the state of North Carolina. Who said anything about football? It may still be baseball season to the folks up north, but, yes, it's already basketball season on Tobacco Road.

What about Tar Heels football? What about it? North Carolina is ninth in's conference power rankings. Duke is ranked above North Carolina.

But in the rankings that really matter to those schools -- those involving their basketball programs -- the Tar Heels and Blue Devils are tied. That's according to a preseason poll of reporters who gathered Sunday for the conference's media day.

Duke could still have a big impact on Virginia Tech's football season. The coaches, players and fans affiliated with Virginia Tech will be pulling hard for the Blue Devils to upset Georgia Tech, which would put the Hokies, if they keep winning, back atop the ACC's Coastal Division. Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a quick look at the Yellow Jackets' remaining road.

Before the Hokies played at Duke on Oct. 3, you might recall that I posted a video of their 2007 upset of Duke on the hardwood. Well, it's only fitting that I provide a similar clip this week, as the Hokies prepare to host North Carolina because they also upset the Tar Heels, then ranked No. 1, in during that same season. In fact, Virginia Tech did it later in that same week. Here's a clip from the aftermath of that victory.

By Mark Viera  |  October 26, 2009; 9:43 AM ET
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