DURHAM—Hello from Wallace Wade Stadium, where Duke is set to host the most important football game in school history since…the the 1942 Rose Bowl? (quite possibly). Before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff, here’s a few links to read and three more keys to the game for Duke:
—I gave my prediction in the same post as our ask the opponent beat writer series, which this week was completed by the Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter. I also broke down Duke in a similar post for him.
— Jack Daly had a profile on DeVon Edwards, the hero for Duke in the N.C. State win.
— In the first Duke NOW mailbag, I take a look at Coastal Division scenarios.
—And from earlier in the week, a look at how David Cutcliffe had already prepared the Blue Devils back in August for the current win streak they’ve found themselves on.
And three keys for a Duke victory:
***Don’t let Stephen Morris get hot early. Last week against Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes completed two touchdown passes of at least 80 yards, both season-highs against the Hokies' relatively stout defense. Expect the Hurricanes to look deep early against Duke—it will be up to CBs Bryon Fields, Ross Cockrell and Breon Borders to not get beat deep, especially early when Miami could seize momentum.
In a break for the Blue Devils, Miami WR Phillip Dorsett did not travel and will not play. And, of course, RB Duke Johnson remains out as well.
*** Anthony Boone will start at quarterback for Duke, and it goes without saying that he will need to perform better than he has in the last two weeks (seven interceptions). If he can not force throws and let the game come to him, the Blue Devils should be alright.
***Get the ball to Jamison Crowder. He is the best playmaker the Blue Devils have. Let him do his thing.