There are so many recognitions dished out on a weekly basis in college football that your team has to basically lie down in the fetal position for sixty minutes to not win something.
Still, there is always some sort of feeling of excitement whenever a member of your favorite team brings in any kind of honor, no matter how insignificant that honor may be. Heck, I would probably enthusiastically yammer on if Wallace Wade Stadium ever receives an award for friendliest hot dog vendors.
Unfortunately, Duke didn’t bring home an award for friendliest hot dog vendors, but they did capture something a tiny bit more significant, I guess: the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. The award is described as follows (from sportswriters.net):
The Football Writers Association of America’s National Team of the Week was created as part of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll in 2002. Since then, it has been awarded each Monday during the regular season by various committees that have included members of the FWAA All-America Committee, the association’s board of directors and its past presidents. In the 2012 season, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl returns as the presenting sponsor and each team of the week is being chosen by the FWAA All-American committee. For the first time, the weekly announcement will be exclusively on “College Sports Today” on SiriusXM Channel 91 each Monday at 4 p.m. ET.
I’ve always found it to be a bit of a strange name for an award, but it is probably just the third time ‘Duke’ and ‘Fiesta Bowl’ have been mentioned within a fifty-mile radius of each other (they also won the award in 2012 and 2002), so I’ll take it.
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2) certainly earned the award, as their 13-10 victory at #16 Virginia Tech this weekend was one of the biggest wins in the program’s history. It was also a sign that this year’s squad is a complete team that is capable of winning games with either their offense, defense, or both. In this case, it was the defense, who picked off Hokies’ QB Logan Thomas four times and managed to hold a shutout until the 00:11 mark in the third quarter.