Duke (1-10, 0-8)
Offensive Starters Returning: 3
Defensive Starters Returning:7
Last 5 Years Win Totals:0-2-4-2-1
An offense that ranked as one of the worst in D1 last year was not helped out in the off season as projected starting QB Zack Asack has been suspended for the year. The Blue Devils will have to rely on a quartet of running backs which all played solid, but not spectacular seasons last year. However, the offensive line will need to be reconstructed with just one returning starter and four converted defensive lineman.
The defensive line will welcome back three key letterman from last year and they will be needed to sure up Duke's porous run defense. The linebacking core essentially returns two starters in Michael Tauiliili (formerly Michael Brown) and Codey Lowe -Lowe started the first four games last years before getting injured. In the secondary, All-ACC member John Talley is the NCAA active leader in interceptions. Even with Talley, the defensive backs will be hard pressed to repeat last years statistics, ranking 36th in pass defense.
This success of this season comes down whether or not Duke can leap out of the ACC cellar with 2 conference wins. I think the Blue Devils will be hard pressed to do this with only 3 starters back from a woeful offense last season.
|Sep 9||@Wake Forest||Loss|
|Sep 16||@Virginia Tech||Loss|
|Nov 11||@Boston College||Loss|
|Nov 18||@Georgia Tech||Loss|
|Nov 25||North Carolina||Loss|
Prediction: 2-10, 0-8