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2008 Duke Blue Devils Football Preview

2008 Duke Blue Devils season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Duke Blue Devils football preview as well as the 2008 Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.

Coach: David Cutcliffe (1st year at Duke)
Team Name: Blue Devils
2007 Overall Record: 1-11
Returning Starters: 17

For the Duke Blue Devils (1-11 overall, 0-8 ACC) 2008 seems to hold the same promise as 2007. Not only did Duke finish last in the ACC’s Coastal division, they also finished dead last in the entire conference. Since 1999, Duke has won 17 games and lost 97 for a winning percentage of .150. The question is—what chance does a team like this have in a division such as the ACC Coastal?

Junior QB Thaddeus Lewis (360 ATT, 199 COMP, 2,430 YDS, 21 TDs, 10 INT) will most likely start but QB Zack Asack, also a junior, also has good stuff when it comes to running the offense. WR Eron Riley (40 REC, 830 YDS, 9 TDs) returns as the leading pass catcher. He makes for a tall target and has a nose for the goal line. Overall the offensive line looks good, while RB Re’quan Boyette (104 CAR, 432 YDS, 2 TDs) is back as the team’s leading ground gainer.

The defense returns nine starters from a squad that let opponents score 33.2 PPG. The frontline brings back every one of its starters, including sack leader and junior DT Vince Oghobaase (4.5), a rock-solid lineman. The linebacking squad is seasoned and tough with senior MLB Michael Tauiliili (108 tackles, 53 solo) and junior OLB Vincent Rey (111 tackles, 49 solo) anchoring the group. CB Leon Wright (3 INT) and SS Adrian Aye-Darko will be tough on receivers.

The Blue Devils should win their first contest, an August 30 meeting with James Madison. After that, the team will have a tough time capturing another victory. Two swing contests in a row—against Navy on September 13 and Virginia on September 27—could result in the Blue Devils garnering two more victories.

Coach David Cutcliffe, who starts his first season at Duke, has a six-year coaching record of 44-29. He brings a winning attitude and the ability to make teams into competitors. The Duke Blue Devils play a forgiving schedule that should help them accumulate a few more wins than they did in 2007.

Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
James Madison
Home
Sep 6
Northwestern
Home
Sep 13
Navy
Home
Sep 27
Virginia
Home
Oct 4
Georgia Tech
Away
Oct 18
Miami
Home
Oct 25
Vanderbilt
Away
Nov 1
Wake Forest
Away
Nov 8
NC State
Home
Nov 15
Clemson
Away
Nov 22
Virginia Tech
Away
Nov 29
North Carolina
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Duke Blue Devils football program, view the Blue Devils sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

For more info on the 2008 Duke Blue Devils football program, view the Blue Devils sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

 

2008 ACC Football Team Previews

All teams from the ACC Coastal & Atlantic divisions are listed to the right. Clicking on the team link will give the individual preview. For all other teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

At any time you may return to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preview page for our order of finish. Will Virginia Tech continue to dominate? Is Butch Davis ready to turn around the Tar Heels? Can Clemson ride Davis and Spiller to the title game? All questions are answered.


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