Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Duke Blue Devils season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Duke Blue Devils
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Duke Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Is David Cutcliffe the best head coach in the ACC?
Okay, okay, okay, that Dabo guy is pretty good at Clemson, but considering Cutcliffe is doing this at a small, smart-guy private basketball school, going to five bowl games in the last six years is an amazing run.
Cutcliffe has won a bowl game and coached in a conference championship. Willie Taggart hasn’t done either one.
Duke has been to an ACC Championship. Miami just played in its first.
North Carolina and NC State have each won 43 games over the last six seasons, and Georgia Tech won 42. The Blue Devils have won 44.
And now, Cutcliffe might just have his best team yet in the 11 years at the gig.
That doesn’t mean Duke will get to the ACC Championship, and it might even struggle a bit just to match last year’s seven-win mark thanks to a sneaky-tough slate. But the Blue Devils are loaded with experience, depth, and have real, live talent to more than just that small, smart-guy private basketball school that plays a pesky brand of football.
Cutcliffe might be known for his great offensive mind and his ability to coach up quarterbacks, but it’s his defense that should shine brightest.
Joe Giles-Harris might just be the best linebacker in college football, Mark Gilbert is a tremendous corner, and eight starters in all return to a defense that finished 21st in the nation and fourth in the ACC.
The kicking game will be an issue, but the offense should be more explosive and more consistent to help overcome that – at least that’s the hope.
Seven starters are back on offense, led by veteran QB Daniel Jones, all-star WR T.J. Rahming, and an emerging bunch of tight ends that should start to do a whole lot more. With some nice young talents in the backfield working behind a good enough line, the attack will start to look the part again.
And the head coach won’t be bad, either.