Duke Football to End Season in Independence Bowl

Duke Football takes one last trip for the 2018 season after a few weeks of preparation in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana against Temple University (8-4). Temple started at 2-3 but gave a strong 6-1 finish in the later part of the season, its only loss to #7 UCF, while Duke performed essentially the opposite. They starting a strong 5-1 but fell out at the end of the season for a meager 2-4 to finish at 7-0.

The final game of the year was a devastating loss in a game that should’ve been at least competitive against Wake Forest at 59-7. However, that was at least somewhat affected by the losses that occurred in a loss at Clemson. Hopefully, an injury-riddled season (see Mark Gilbert, Edgar Cerenord, Deondre Singleton) will end with at least half a roster playing.

Even if we were perfectly healthy, we would be extremely challenged by this team.

Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe

Fate will probably decide Duke’s chances to win. Ben Humphreys and Joe Giles-Harris, probably the most important components on the defensive side of the field, are both questionable to take the field Thursday, so it really depends on whether or not they’ve healed from their respective injuries. If both players were to play, it would greatly improve our chances to stop Temple’s offense.

Daniel Jones just might play his last game suited up for the Blue Devils today. As the #2 prospect on ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s QB Draft Board after Oregon’s Justin Herbert chose to stay in college, he is pretty likely to depart Duke this year for the NFL Draft. He has pinpoint accuracy and can run when necessary. He’s a really good quarterback and has gone from hardly being looked at and without a guaranteed scholarship to an NFL prospect in just a few years. He deserves a heck of a lot of respect. Sources say that he is undecided in whether to turn pro or remain at Duke another year, but it should be noted that Jones graduated this month (one semester early), probably influencing his decision.

Here are the game notes:

Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar Independence Bowl

Date: Thursday, December 27

Time: 1:30pm

Venue: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

TV: ESPN

Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (NC)

Bleed blue.

Duke-Clemson Game Notes

Sorry I’m so late with this. Duke heads to Death Valley in what David Cutcliffe has called one of the greatest challenges of his career. They’ve got talent on all fronts and it’ll take a lot of favor towards the Blue Devils and faith to keep up in the game, not to mention win. Here we go. Have faith and bleed blue. The odds aren’t great but if things go right, we could have a shot. 

  • Duke vs. (2) Clemson
  • Time: 7:00pm (literally now)
  • Venue: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC

And Now, An Extreme Weather Update (Yes, This Is Still A Sports Blog)

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Hurricane Florence. Source: CBS News.

Well, this is interesting. On the east coast, we’re preparing like never before for Hurricane Florence, which is currently barreling towards the coast of North Carolina and is almost certainly going to affect us in some way, shape, or form. I’m no meteorologist so I won’t be able to give you the up-to-date forecast on this storm, but I can tell you the ACC Sports that will be affected.

Nothing for Duke

Duke’s football program will go pretty much aside from the cancellation of classes starting tomorrow at 5pm. We travel to Baylor, Texas this weekend, far from the storm’s reach, so it’s a pretty darn lucky break for us, as no other Triangle team was this lucky. Duke is going to have to make some adjustments this weekend anyway: with QB Daniel Jones and CB Mark Gilbert injured, this weekend is the first time we’ll see Quentin Harris at full throttle in the QB position.

UNC vs. UCF Canceled

UNC’s home opener is canceled, but it’s not all bad news for the Tar Heels. For one thing, their players will only have to miss 3 games now: while most people think it’s per-game, it’s actually based on the percentage of the season that they miss (approximately). With twelve games, four games add up to about 30%, but by playing only eleven, they shift down to three games. Regardless, the 0-2 Heels could probably use the break, too. The past two weeks have been pretty bad, frankly, with losses to ECU and Cal, respectively. But hey, at least ECU didn’t force any turnovers! (Cal forced four)

NC State vs. West Virginia Cancelled

What stinks about this is that I was looking forward to seeing how NC State’s defense handles Heisman candidate Will Grier, mainly because my Vols didn’t do anything about him.

East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Postponed

It wasn’t expected to be much of a game, but, hey, anything could happen! Otherwise? ECU in Blacksburg is a sorry compound for the Pirates.

Boston College vs. Wake Forest Moved Up

The original starting time was 7:30, but 5:30 is not that bad. The game will be played, which is an upgrade.

Georgia Southern vs. Clemson Postponed

A new time will be decided. I haven’t seen Georgia Southern play, but I’m pretty sure Clemson will win. Just a hunch. Sorry, Georgia Southern, no disrespect to Y’all.

That’s basically a wrap. I also want to mention that I am not sure of what will happen to my area, and while it looks like we won’t be affected too badly, but anything could happen with this storm. Fran brought lengthy power outages so I will attempt to let you all know if I’m unable to blog for you all in some way.