1. DUKE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The Blue Devils need to be more consistent, but that’s probably not going to happen. They don’t have the depth or the overall talent of the better ACC teams, but there’s enough in place to at least go bowling and be a problem for just about everyone on the slate …
After the opener against Alabama.
The Blue Devil quarterback situation is in good hands with Quentin Harris taking over for Daniel Jones, and the rest of the backfield is good, too. Now the running game has to start to work.
The receiving corps is undergoing an overhaul, and it might take a bit before the passing game turns into the efficient force it needs to be.
The defense should be the star, with a quietly good defensive front that will do just enough to get behind the line, and with the linebackers growing into the respective roles. With a secondary that should be among the best yet under David Cutcliffe, there’s a lot to like, but …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
Can the Blue Devils recover from the Alabama game to kick things off? There might be just two teams on the schedule that didn’t go bowling, but there are just enough winnable games to push for six wins. However, there can’t be many – if any – slip-ups at home.
There’s no Clemson or Florida State to deal with from the Atlantic, and the dates against Pitt, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Miami are all in Durham. The down side is that every game but the early date with North Carolina A&T is losable.
It’s going to take the team jelling right away – at least, after the Bama game – and it’s going to take a few upsets, but it should be a third straight bowl season.