The Duke football season is already teetering on the brink of a collapse.
There has only been one game played and the Duke football season could already be over after Week 4.
After the Blue Devils allowed a last-minute comeback to the Charlotte 49ers, for the program’s first victory over a Power-5 school, Duke will return home to face North Carolina A&T on Friday night inside Wallace Wade Stadium.
It is no secret that since the departure of quarterback Daniel Jones the Blue Devils’ program has been on a steady decline with no end in sight.
However, for all the great work David Cutcliffe has done in his tenure with Duke, he could be coaching for his job over these next three weeks.
After hosting North Carolina A&T, Duke will host Northwestern next week followed by the lowly Kansas Jayhawks the following week.
Should the Blue Devils drop both of these games and begin the season at 1-3 or 0-4, it seems hard to justify keeping Cutcliffe through the end of the season, despite the hard work he put in to resurrect the program from the college football gutter.
North Carolina A&T is coming off of a road loss to Furman to get its season underway, a game in which the Aggies surrendered 13 points in the 3rd quarter to lose, 29-18.
Duke football must find its identity and commit to it
Even through the disappointment of losing to Charlotte last week, the Blue Devils might have a budding star on their hands in running back Mataeo Durant.
Durant piled up 255 rushing yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns.
That needs to be Duke’s formula going forward.
Get the ball to Durant early and often to take pressure off Gunnar Holmberg, who was adequate in the loss to the 49ers.
Duke should be able to take command of this game in the first half and allow players to rest as well as getting others some experience in the second half in cruising to its first victory of the season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00pm EST and can be seen on the ACC Network.
PREDICTION: Duke 45, North Carolina A&T 10