If Duke had something to prove coming into this season, trying to show last seasons bowl bid wasnt a fluke, the Blue Devils have to do it all over again after the 45-7 loss to Florida State in the ACC title game.
There shouldnt be any shame in losing to the Seminoles by 38 Clemson lost at home by 37, Miami by 27, Maryland by 63! especially after being the first team to hold Florida State scoreless in the first quarter all season.
Still, because its Duke and because its football, doubts will linger in the absence of a more competitive performance against the Aggies, another athletic team with a dynamic Heisman Trophy quarterback in Johnny Manziel.
In terms of degree of difficulty, the Aggies might not be at the Seminoles level, but theyre not far off.
The Blue Devils may be past the point where moral victories are good enough, but they need to keep this one close into the fourth quarter. If they do, theyll have a chance to win it. If not, skepticism about the true caliber of Dukes program will linger.
Expect the Blue Devils to make a stand, but figure the Aggies gig em 27-20.