Game preview: Duke vs. Florida State

Posted by Laura Keeley on December 7, 2013 

David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils are on the field and ready for their ACC Championship debut

CHUCK LIDDY

CHARLOTTE—The teams have arrived, and it will soon be time for the main event.

Pregame reading:

From earlier this season, my profile on David Cutcliffe and the people and experiences that have made him who he is.

My kickoff story: Always the underdog, Duke readies for Florida State

Andrew Carter breaks down the match-up

A Joe Giglio column on three things Duke has going for it against the Seminoles

A Luke DeCock column on Duke in the championship game (before Miami), another unforeseen side effect of ACC expansion

A few notes from yesterday’s availability, including the compliment Jimbo Fisher paid the Blue Devils

A breakdown of the Seminoles, courtesy of Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel.

From earlier in the week, a story on how Josh Snead and the running backs overcame last year’s Belk Bowl fumble and early season turmoil to form the most potent Duke running attack in years

Also from earlier in the week, a look at how Ross Cockrell has mentored the young DBs that play starter’s snaps, from their perspective.

A debate about Duke’s chances, conducted by Luke and Barry Jacobs

Three keys to the game for Duke:

Make Florida State go the hard way: No explosive plays. Don’t make it any easier on the Seminoles.

Do what you do best: Duke needs to run its read-option offense effectively and not beat itself with turnovers.

Don’t get rattled early: Florida State has often buried opponents in the first quarter. The Blue Devils are no strangers to early holes and need to keep their poise if things don’t start well.

My prediction: I foresee a Duke cover (FSU is a 29-point favorite). I fully expect the Blue Devils to play until the final whistle, even if the Seminoles’ starters are long done for the day.

Florida State 49, Duke 21

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