But wouldn't it be Duke Football's luck if they were to get to a bowl that occurrs after 12/21/12 and the Mayans were right?
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Regardless of the schedule, with Sean Renfree as our senior QB, this is probably our best chance in a LONG time to go bowling. If we don't make it this year . . . well patience is a virtue.
I don't think Duke has ever won a football game on the west coast. Would be a good year to change that.
If we're gonna get out of the basement, gonna have to beat some good teams.
Practice hard, bring 'em on.
"What, me worry?" -- Roy Williams
At least Richmond is off the slate.
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It looks to me like we have addressed our problems winning in November by reducing the number of games down to three.
Stanford would be a long shot, but looking at the schedule I could see us with 4 wins going into October, which would be a pretty nice number.
FIU -- we beat them in Miami last year, I think we will do it again at home this year. (win)
Stanford -- We'll need luck even though they don't have Luck. (loss)
NCCU -- Just hope we don't overlook them and get sloppy. We should beat them soundly. (win)
Memphis -- I don't know much about them other than according to their record they sucked last year. (win)
Wake -- Lord it's about time we beat them. We do it this year, and carry a 3 game win streak into October. (win)
UVA -- They are a tough team, well coached, and getting better with more talent from solid recruiting. (toss-up leaning to win)
VT -- The last time we played them in Blacksburg we got shellacked. But we've played them well before. (loss)
unc -- Depending on how we did against UVA, this game could be for our 6th win. And like Wake, it's time. (win)
FSU -- In Tallahassee? Eeek. (loss)
Clemson -- Hopefully we get exciting with our offense because they are going to put points up. (loss)
GT -- In Bobby Dodd stadium, eek. (loss)
Miami -- at home, last game of season, we finally pick up our first win in November in a long, long time. (win)
Final record -- 7-5 (well 8-5 because we are going to win our bowl game)
I think it is clear that once again, our fate will be determined early. Our five most winnable games are among our first six games.
When it comes to NCCU, Memphis and FIU, WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO STUMBLE (as we did with Richmond last year or Army the year before). Those three games have to be the core of our bid to get to six (or more) wins.
At the end of September, we should be 3-1 going to Wake Forest. That matchup has been a nightmare for us -- not because they dominate us, but because they tantatize us. The last three trips to Winston are not just games Duke could have won, they are games Duke SHOULD have won. Finally breaking the Wake jinx is the necessary ingredient to getting over the hump.
That would make Duke 4-1 with Virginia coming in to open October. In contrast to Wake, Virginia is a team that Duke has had good success against -- 3-1 under Cut and the one loss last year was with a crippled team that still nearly pulled it off. I agree that the Cavs are getting better, but this is a game Duke can and must win.
After that, it gets a lot tougher. Unfortunately, Duke doesn't get Boston College or Maryland -- the two weakest teams in the conference. We'll have to see how much the NCAA hammer hurts UNC and Miami. I agree that Stanford, Va Tech and FSU are all very tough propositions.
But I'm confident that if we can get to 5-1, that we'll come up with at least one more win to go to a bowl. If Duke is 4-2 after six, it's going to be tough, although not impossible. I think if Duke is 3-3, it's impossible.
There is not a huge margin or error. But the chance is there, if this team gets off to a good start.
Hey look, no Richmond on the schedule! Who else is breathing a sigh of relief?
(And yes, this is a hard schedule. Who cares. Gotta make it this year)
<devildeac> anyone playing drinking games by now?
7:49:36<Wander> drink every qb run?
7:49:38<loran16> umm, drink every time asack rushes?
7:49:38<wolfybeard> @devildeac: drink when Asack runs a keeper
7:49:39 PM<CB&B> any time zack runs, drink
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SI released a "post-spring" top 25, and the number of teams that we are playing on their list is scary.
Here's the teams that are on that pre-season top 25.
Virginia Tech (19)
Georgia Tech (25)
Eek. That's crazy.
Sport's Illustrated post-spring top 25 http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...tml?xid=cnnbin
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We've beaten 4 ranked teams in the last 25 years:
1989: #7 Clemson, #22 NCSU
1993: #22 NCSU
1994: #13 UVa
In 1992 we played 5 ranked teams.
In 2009 we played 4 ranked teams (6, 7, 21, 22).
You can page through the yearly schedules to see who was ranked what when we played them:
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