Duke Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
After a strong year from the defense, this season’s version will be even better.
The offense won’t have to open it up and go off in shootouts, but it’ll break out of its shell just enough to start pushing the ball down the field a little more. The ground game will be effective – especially with QB Daniel Jones running for a big year – allowing for a great formula of long drives, control of the clock, and plenty of time to rest the D.
And then that defense will take care of the rest on the way to another bowl season and at least one big upset along the way. However, the Blue Devils will lose one game they shouldn’t because the kicking game won’t get the job done.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 7
Here’s the problem for the Blue Devils. They’re going to be better on both sides of the ball, and if everything breaks right, they could be in for an amazing season. However, the ACC schedule will be harder.
Last season, the Blue Devils got to face a weak North Carolina – the Tar Heels are about to be far better.
They beat a Georgia Tech team with a few issues, but it’ll be better this time around – and the game is on the road – and Wake Forest will be every bit as dangerous, if not more so.
There was also a win over a Baylor team looking to find its way, and this year it should be night-and-day stronger. And that’s on the road, too.
Worst of all, Duke has to go to Northwestern, and Pitt, and Miami, and … Clemson. Throw in home games against Army and Virginia Tech, and there will be few weeks off.
The Blue Devils will be good enough to win just about any game on the schedule, but even getting back to a six-win regular season would be great with this slate.