The Duke Blue Devils football program has fallen on hard times for much of the last two decades. Since making the Hall of Fame Bowl following the 1995 season, the Blue Devils have gone 42-165. However, things are starting to change in Durham as last season Duke made their first bowl game since that Hall of Fame Bowl. Now-graduated quarterback Sean Renfree led his team to the Belk Bowl this January. He is succeeded by Anthony Boone, and coach David Cutliffe has always been able to work on quarterbacks and develop them well. Jela Duncan, Josh Snead, and Juwan Thompson all return in the running game. All were fairly effective last season, but Duke problem has been and still is the defense. They ranked 101st in the nation in both rush and pass defense. And with no four-star recruits, Cutliffe must hope that a year of experience will do wonders for his defensive backs, most of whom return. If Boone develops quickly, the running game remains effective, and the offense can keep up with the defense, Duke could make its second consecutive bowl for the first time in school history. Get your tickets with Gold Coast Tickets and watch the competition live!
The Duke Blue Devils are based in Durham, North Carolina at Duke University. The Devils are members of the ACC and since 1895 have claimed 17 conference titles (7 in the ACC and 10 in the SonCon). With a total of 53 All-Americans, 10 ACC Players of the Year, and 3 NFL Hall of Famers in the school’s history, Duke has had its share of great athletes. The last bowl appearance the Devils made was in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. Since then, their football program has fallen into decline, perennially overshadowed by the basketball team. The Devils play their home games at Wallace Wade Stadium, a small stadium with a capacity just under 34,000. Some of Duke’s rivals include North Carolina, Maryland, and Wake Forest.