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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:37 pm

Texas A&M is favored by 11-12 points.

Florida State is favored by 8.5-9.5 points.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:22 pm



ESPN preview
[Duke's] good - they're not SEC good.


The panel spends majority of 3:30 preview talking about Manziel.

At least we got this:

Duke's got some great special-teamers too, Crowder and Edwards. They'll have to make some big plays for them.

And Boone and Crowder too, can make some plays against an A&M defense...that still has some glaring weaknesses
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby physicsfactor » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:10 pm

With how poor our pass rush can be, I don't see how Duke slows Manziel at all. He is so good at scrambling to keep plays alive until a receiver comes open.

Which DB should Duke try on Evans?
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dukeberto » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:53 pm

I actually don't think our "pass rush" has been poor. I think it has been designed to be more of a contain rather than a true pass rush. This would make sense given how many mobile but not as great passers we have seen. Granted, it has been poor that sometimes the contain breaks down and we give up lots of yardage (see: Wake Forest). But I truly think that our defensive strategy has been, make sure the QB stays in a pocket, beats you with his arm, or if he tries to scramble he's going straight at the LBs rather than to the edge.

Cockrell and a safety need to be double covering Evans on pretty much every play.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:58 pm

Kelby to spy Manziel all night?

Play nickel with bump-and-run and dare him to beat us with his feet?
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:55 pm

BCS champions! :D

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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:56 pm

All 35 bowl games from best to worst
11. Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET): No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4) vs. No. 24 Duke (10-3)

It seems only fitting that college football will ring in the new year with what figures to be Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel's final college game. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was nearly as good as he was last season, throwing for 3,732 yards with 33 touchdowns and running for 686 yards with eight TDs in 2013. Texas A&M's defense is bad enough -- and Duke's offense is good enough -- to possibly turn this game into a shootout. The Blue Devils won the ACC's Coastal Division for the first time and are playing in bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.


#6 most-anticipated non-BCS bowl.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dkst0426 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:31 pm

Announcers.........uhh.......announced today by ESPN.

8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 24 Duke vs. No. 21 Texas A&M

TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano

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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:04 pm

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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:03 pm

13.5 point underdogs at kickoff. I believe TAMU wins by 17.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby aiw » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:03 pm

I think we get smashed.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:05 pm

Agreed. I don't want it to be embarrassing. Keep it within 21.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby torontoduke » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:20 pm

Good luck Devils!
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:55 pm

We nailed it. TAMU 73, Duke 45.
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby ZackM » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:47 am

:(
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Re: Duke Bowl Game Discussion

Postby DurhamSon » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:54 am

Burn the thread
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:06 am

I liked the 3-9 seasons better.
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:11 am

Duke was on the Texas A&M side of the field on every single possession tonight.
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Re: :(

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:15 am

I'm at peace with Duke as a fringe legit ranked team. Just wanted 6-6 this season and whatever in the bowl. What Cut will do in his remaining years here isn't in doubt - this will be a fringe top 25 team until he is gone, barring key injuries like Maryland. The only thing I worry about with this program now is who he hands it off to. I don't need a title contender in both college sports that matter. Being happy with any win at all was a great complement to only being happy with a national title in basketball. Get a decent successor who can win 3-4 ACC games every season.
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Re: :(

Postby DrKlahn » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:32 am

Let the record show that I did not believe that a win was possible for one moment. But if we had run on first down there, I might have begun to believe.
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:46 am

WHY DIDN'T SNEAD CUT RIGHT?
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:47 am

They locked the post-game thread.
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Re: :(

Postby rhfarmer » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:03 pm

These games always boil down to missed opportunities. It seems to me that the Duke coaches played to win until 2 seconds to go in the first half, at which point they started playing not to lose.

Also, I didn't watch the game, but from the box score we clearly sucked. Although, Snead and Boone locked good out there together, especially Snead.
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Re: :(

Postby dukeberto » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:37 pm

I was obviously at the game, and obviously intoxicated so I went ahead and re-watched the game last night up until the second interception.

It was truly a thing of wonder how our offense performed for the first three quarters.

Josh Snead - holy hell. Doing it all.
Juwan Thompson - smash mouth running, moving the pile.
Boone - incredible touch on his long passes, great accuracy.
Crowder - you are a freak of nature. The pushups after the block were great.
Defense was passable for the first half. The **** that Johnny Manziel got away with was just unbelievable. Running into a lineman, spinning back and finding an open receiver for a TD (although that play was very similar to the first DeVon Edwards INT against State, where if he had tipped it like he planned on it probably would have been a pick six.)

The only complaints were the 4th and 1 call where we rolled Boone out instead of just running it down their throats, and of course the pick-six and final interception. I loved how Kelby was able to lay the wood on Manziel, even if it was only once.

I also think our CBs held their own for the most part. It's nearly impossible to have any corner hold their man for more than 7-8 seconds. The freshmen could have probably been a little more disciplined, particularly Singleton, but they are freshmen. They will learn.

Even though I was heartbroken at the end of the game, I'm very encouraged about what our chances will be for next year. We get another soft schedule, maybe not as easy as this year, but definitely enough winnable games to go 8-4 or 9-3.

Thanks to Cut and this year's team. It was a truly enjoyable ride.
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Re: :(

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:06 pm

Yeah, I was too upset to post yesterday on football, but it's time to move on from aTm and soak in what this team accomplished this season. The TV ratings for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl were incredible per Twitter, and college football fans around the country got to see that Duke is, in fact, for real. We were almost better off being the only game in town sports-wise on New Year's eve as opposed to one of several options throughout the day on New Year's.

A little piece of me, especially post-FSU, thought that the ACC could just be horrible, and that we were still 3-4 TDs worse on an average day than, say, a middle of the pack SEC squad. I no longer think that. What an incredible job by Cut.

I am excited for next season. Do we know the four non-conference opponents yet? I know we open with Elon.
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Re: :(

Postby Topher » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:07 pm

Elon, @Troy, Kansas, Tulane
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Re: :(

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:18 pm

Looks like Troy loses its senior (4 year) QB and its best WR, both of whom set school/conference records. Should be favored by at least a TD in all four of those games. Tulane is probably better than Kansas, but would expect double digit wins in all of those games.
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:51 pm

I can't wait to see Charlie Weis roll onto the field at WW.
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Re: :(

Postby SeanMayTriedToEatMe » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:09 pm

ACC home games: North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
ACC road games: Georgia Tech, Miami, Syracuse, Pittsburgh

I don't need to know anything about GT's roster to know that it's an unwinnable game. 9-3 seems doable. I don't care if they get to play Jameis again or not. I'm not feeling the Duke UNLV 91 vibes.
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:32 pm

How great to miss Clemson and FSU again. 3-1 at home. 2-2 on the road. 4-0 non-con.

9-3.
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Re: :(

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:57 pm

If Georgia Tech is unwinnable no matter the venue, I'd rather just not burn a home game with them and play on the road.

I would love 2-2 on the road.
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Re: :(

Postby aiw » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:57 pm

Cuse/Pitt W
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Questionable Calls?

Postby elliot928 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:49 pm

Hi.

Just wondered if anyone else thought the calls (mostly non-calls) at the end of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl were questionable? Here’s a link to a pretty good video that reviews a few of the more important ones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKnXNjkbamI

Were there others that bothered you that aren’t in the vid?

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Re: Questionable Calls?

Postby aiw » Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:53 pm

There were, but worse was our execution when it counted.

Welcome to the board. We try to keep things streamlined and have a minimum number of threads. I will be moving this one to the :( thread, which was the pre/post-game thread.
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Re: :(

Postby DukeNukem05 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:18 pm

Welcome to the board (although I suspect you're just doing a flyby post - probably won't return).

Aiw said it - our execution, or lack thereof, was the problem.
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Re: Questionable Calls?

Postby physicsfactor » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:17 pm

aiw wrote:There were, but worse was our execution when it counted.

Welcome to the board. We try to keep things streamlined and have a minimum number of threads. I will be moving this one to the :( thread, which was the pre/post-game thread.

We might want to change the title of the thread if we want visitors to post in the correct thread.
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Re: The Honorary Physicsfactor Duke Lost the Bowl Thread

Postby aiw » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:20 pm

Got it.
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Re: The Honorary Physicsfactor Duke Lost the Bowl Thread

Postby Topher » Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:39 pm

Watching this game on ESPNU now because I hate myself. What an incredible display of football by Duke. Boone's interceptions suck but god damn did they take it to AM for 58 minutes.
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Re: Bowl Game Discussion

Postby dukeberto » Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:52 pm

We are now 7-1 and have been bowl eligible for three weeks, so time for the third annual "What bowl are we going to?"

ESPN ACC blog - Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 29th.

(ESPN bowl "experts")
Mark Schlabach: Russell Athletic v. Oklahoma
Brad Edwards : Russell Athletic v. Kansas State

Jerry Palm (CBSsports) - Russell Athletic v. Baylor

Phil Steele - Music City Bowl, Dec. 30th v. Texas A&M
[*]Phil continues to underrate us even though we have proven him wrong time and time and time again in the past three years.

CFN - Orange Bowl, Dec. 31 v. Mississippi State (!!!)

AthlonSports - Russell Athletic v. Oklahoma

SBNation - Orange Bowl v. Mississippi State

Orlando Sentinel - Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1st v. Missouri

Syracuse.com - Belk Bowl, Dec. 30th

SI.com - Orange Bowl v. BAMA (what is this world that we live in?)

So most prognosticators seem to think we will be in a top-tier bowl game this year (RABowl still counts as Tier 1 for ACC bowl tie-ins).

Beginning this year, the Orange Bowl has to pick the highest ranked ACC team if the ACC champion qualifies for the playoffs, since it is not hosting a semifinal. Right now Clemson is ranked one spot ahead of us in the CFP rankings - what the OB Committee will use in order to pick FSU's replacement should it qualify for the playoffs. Realistically, I see us ending up in the Russell Athletic Bowl unless we completely fall apart over the next four games. Unfortunately, flights to Orlando during the holidays are not the cheapest. Thanks a lot Walt.
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Re: The Honorary Physicsfactor Duke Lost the Bowl Thread

Postby StopThePumpFakesShav » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:02 pm

So the Clemson/SCAR game will be big for Duke (maybe) this year. I guess since GT is #24 we need them to start dropping games. Who do I need to root for when GT goes to Clemson though? Perhaps Clemson if our first priority is making sure we win the division. That said, if Miami loses once more, and GT and Duke both have 2 losses, we get the tiebreaker anyway. So I guess it's worth rooting for Georgia Tech especially since SCAR is **** this year.
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