Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Coach David Cutcliffe has the Duke University Football program headed in the right direction. The Football team is not quite where the “HOOPS” team is, but they are thriving under Peyton Manning’s throwing coach. Cutcliffe enters his eighth season with a 40-48 record. Duke went 9-4 overall in 2014, 5-3 in ACC action. Duke is in the Coastal Division of the Conference. The Blue Devils have been in the postseason the past three years. Duke lost to a good Arizona State team 38-31 in the 2014 Sun Bowl. With eleven starters back for last year’s team, the Blue Devils will be competitive again in 2015. The Duke Blue Devils plays home games at the 34,000 seat Wallace Wade Stadium on campus in Durham, North Carolina.
Gone from the Duke offense are quarterback Anthony Boone, wideout Jamison Crowder, and first round draft picks Laken Thomlinson from the offensive line. There are however five starters returning from last season’s team on the offensive side of the football. Redshirt junior quarterback Thomas Sirk is ready to step in and run the offense. Offensive Coordinator Scottie Montgomery and Cutcliffe will work on his mechanics in the passing game. Wide Receiver Johnell Barnes and Chris Taylor will get plenty of work before the season starts. Tight end Braxton Deaver is one of the best in the ACC and will be the main target in the passing game. Senior running back Shaquille Powell (618) rushing yards last season will be featured in the backfield. There are other talented runners for Duke to turn too on offense. Three starters return on the offensive line, and they will get plenty of work pass blocking in fall camp. The Duke Blue Devils will again be a fun team to watch in 2015. The Duke Blue Devils went 9-4 ATS on Sports Handicappers Football Predicitions last season, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total eight times.
*The Duke Blue Devils offense ranked 69th in the FBS last season, averaging 398.3 yards per contest.
*Duke went 5-2-1 Against The Spread at home in 2014.
*The Blue Devils were 3-2 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds total was 3-4 in Durham.
*Duke went over the betting odds total once on the road.
*The Blue Devils stayed under the betting odds total four times away fro Durham.
*The Duke passing attack was 79th in the land, putting up 216.5 yards per game throwing the football.
*The Blue Devils scored 32.4 ppg, 43rd in NCAA Football.
*The Duke ground game was 49th nationally, with 181.8 rushing yards per contest.
Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles has six returning starters from last year’s defense in the mix again in 2015. Safety Jeremy Cash leads a secondary that is among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Linebacker Kelby Brown is no longer available after suffering a career-ending knee injury. Brown is a former first-team All-Conference performer who suffered an ACL tear in 2014. Freshman Defensive Marquies Price will see immediate action this season. There are problems on the defensive line, three of four starters must be replaced. Knowles will find big bodies to plug in the trenches. The Blue Devils defense has showed improvement over the past few seasons, and it will take another step in 2015.
*The Blue Devils defense ranked 69th in the land, allowing opponents 399.7 yards per game.
*The Duke pass defense was 34th nationally, giving up 206.8 yards per contest through the air.
*Duke gave up an average of 21.8 ppg, 24th in the FBS.
*The Duke runs defense ranked 92nd in College Football, allowing 192.9 yards per game on the ground.
*Duke opens the 2015 College Football season at Tulane in non-conference action on September 3rd.
*The Blue Devils get ACC foes Miami, Pitt and Georgia Tech at home in 2015.
Bovada lists the Duke Blue Devils at over/under seven wins in 2015.
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