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By no means is the Duke Head Football Coach on the same level as Coach “K” at the North Carolina institute of higher learning. However, David Cutcliffe has taken the Football program to another level at the basketball-crazed University.
The longtime mentor of Peyton Manning and former Ole Miss head coach had a rough time in 2015.
The Blue Devils dropped four of five down the stretch of the season but beat the Indiana Hoosiers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Duke has a tough out of Conference schedule in the 2016 season, facing both Northwestern and Notre Dame on the road in back to back weeks.
Cutcliffe and his staff have all summer to get the Blue Devils in focus for the upcoming season.
The Duke offense will have a new offensive coordinator.
Zac Roper takes the place of Scottie Montgomery who is now the head coach at East Carolina University.
The Duke offense put up an average of 439.4 yards per contest last season, 36th nationally. There are other question marks on the offensive side of the football.
Starting signal caller Thomas Sirk led the team in passing and rushing yards in 2015, also, he scored a team-high eight touchdowns.
The fifth-year senior injured his left Achilles tendon in offseason workouts. The Blue Devils are deep at the running back position with Jela Duncan and Shaun Wilson being the headliners.
Leading receiver Max McCaffrey is gone, but T.J. Rahming and Anthony Nash can get open and make plays on offense.
Three starters return on the offensive line including All-Conference tackles Casey Blase.
The 2016-17 Duke Blue Devils defense gave up 396.0 yards per contest last season.
The unit ranked 88th in the FBS in passing yards and was a lot better against the run, 49th in the nation.
All-American safety All-America safety Jeremy Cash is now in the NFL. DeVon Edwards and Breon Borders are very god cornerbacks, but the question remains who will replace Cash.
Three starters must be replaced on the defensive line. The lone holdover is tackle A.J. Wolf. Linebacker Tinashe Bere also leads an inexperienced group.
The Blue Devils defense allowed opponents 25.4 points per game last season.
The Duke Blue Devils will have an attacking defense with a lot of success depending on how well the safeties perform.
Bovada.Lv list the Duke Blue Devils at +4,000 to win the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2016 Duke Blue Devils will finish the regular season with a 7-5 record.
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