Duke’s remaining three games are difficult. They play a 12th-ranked Clemson team on Saturday, then a bye week, then go to Georgia Tech to play an unpredictable Yellow Jacket team, then end the season against a Miami squad with an adequate offense and an awful lot to play for.
That being said, Duke got a lot of help last night, when Miami cruised to an easy 30-12 win over Virginia Tech. The loss puts Virginia Tech, the only team in the ACC Coastal division that owns a tiebreaker over Duke, a game behind the Blue Devils, putting the Blue Devils’ fate this season entirely into the hands of David Cutcliffe and his squad.
Duke heads into this weekend’s contest against Clemson coming off a blowout loss to Florida State. QB Sean Renfree has been cleared to play, but Cutcliffe has yet to state whether he or Anthony Boone will start at QB for the Blue Devils. The rest of the injury report consists of DE Kenny Anunike and RB Juwan Thompson (DOUBTFUL), along with CB Jared Boyd, S Brandon Braxton, LB Kelby Brown, TE Braxton Deaver, and S Anthony Young-Wiseman (OUT).
A win would help the Blue Devils keep pace with North Carolina, who is currently tied in the standings with Duke, and Miami, who currently leads Duke by a half game. North Carolina is ineligible for postseason play, but wouldn’t it be so much sweeter if Duke beat them outright in the standings, rather than relying upon a violation to get them into the ACC Championship Game?
These last few weeks could get very exciting for Duke fans.
Give ‘em hell, Devils.