Thursday, August 17, 2006

Duke Football - Is Coach K Available?

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.

StatTotalNCAA Rank
Rushing offense127.181
Passing offense121.0113
Total offense248.1116
Scoring offense16.1110
Net punting35.434
Punt returns6.497
Kickoff returns21.840
Rushing defense207.3108
Passing defense204.036
Total defense411.389
Scoring defense37.1111
Turnover margin-.73100

Sep 2RichmondWin
Sep 9@Wake ForestLoss
Sep 16@Virginia TechLoss
Sep 30VirginiaLoss
Oct 7AlabamaLoss
Oct 14FSULoss
Oct 21MiamiLoss
Oct 28VanderbiltWin
Nov 4NavyLoss
Nov 11@Boston CollegeLoss
Nov 18@Georgia TechLoss
Nov 25North CarolinaLoss

Prediction: 2-10, 0-8

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