Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for College Football news and notes.
The (0-0) Duke Blue Devils of the ACC Coastal Division will travel to the “BIG EASY” for their season opener. Duke will play the (0-0) Tulane Green Wave of the American Athletic Conference West Division in 2015 NCAA football action. Duke is no longer considered a Basketball only institute thanks to head coach David Cutcliffe. The Blue Devils are seeking their fourth consecutive postseason birth. The Tulane Athletic department is all in with the football program. Tulane begins its second season playing in the $73 million Yulman Stadium on campus. The Green Wave only produced three victories last season, but third-year head coach Curtis Johnson is optimistic for 2015. The opening betting line has Duke as a seven and a half points Road Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 48-points for Thursday’s game. Read more on our Charlotte at Georgia State week-one write-up.
The 2015 Duke Blue Devils lost two very good linemen from last season. Cutcliffe believes everything starts up front. This season’s offensive line could be better than 2014. Offensive Coordinator Scottie Montgomery will have a solid rushing attack and quarterback Thomas Sirk is ready to excel. The Junior signal caller takes over for Anthony Boone, and all indications are the team will not miss a beat. Duke University is known for academics, and the football team won’t make too many mistakes. Fan don’t have to worry about Sirk and his ability to throw the football; he’s got it all say’s Cutcliffe. The Blue Devils also has a very talented secondary on defense, but are suspect in the front-seven. Make no mistake they are not Florida State or Clemson up front, but they are beginning to attract four and five-star talents. It will be difficult for Tulane to throw the football on Thursday. The Blue Devils play their next four games at home. A win at Tulane and home vs. North Carolina Central are near certain. Northwestern, Georgia Tech, and Boston College visit Durham in consecutive weeks. Look for Cutcliffe to use the game at Tulane to allow Sirk to find his rhythm and gain confidence going forward. Sirk is a hard worker, and his progress could be the difference between a good season and a great one.
The 2015 Tulane Green Wave are ready to kick off the season. Johnson has his team enthusiastic about the home opener, and nothing short of a win will be acceptable. Something every College Football coach preaches this time of the season. Talking about it is one thing, but going out on the field and producing is another. The past week everything has been about the 10-year anniversary of “HURRICANE KATRINA” which devastated the City of New Orleans. The Green Wave must use the exposure to their advantage. Come out and win one for the people of the Gulf Coast. Sophomore Quarterback Tanner Lee has impressed the coaching staff and looks to have ab big game on Thursday. It will be hot at kickoff, and the Green Wave offense has to wear the Duke defense down by running the football. Pound the football first is what the Tulane offense is going to do. Sophomore running back Sherman Badie is capable or producing yards between the tackles as well as on the edges. Tulane should have an advantage playing at home and if they can keep the Duke defense on their toes they have a chance for the victory as a home underdog.
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