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Cutcliffe ready for season three - BDNP

Duke Football takes on Virginia this Saturday in ACC action and here is what both coaches have to say before the match up.

David Cutcliffe


THE MODERATOR: We are now joined by Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.

Coach, please make an opening statement and then we'll take questions.

DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Playing a really, really, really good Virginia team. Coach Mendenhall and his staff do as good a job of coaching all three phases. They're as balanced a team as you'll play every year now. No secret to why they've won.

Virginia is a talented team. Obviously on offense, the runningback, quarterback, receivers, tight ends, are all weapons. But certainly a quarterback that can beat you in multiple ways.

Defensively they've got a lot of really good just football players, guys that can make plays. Thornhill does a great job just playing well. Talented athlete. So they pose a lot of problems.

In the kicking game, they play extremely hard, extremely well. Our focus has been on Duke. We have to get better to be able to compete with them. We have to practice well to put ourselves in positions to be successful.

With that I'll take any questions.

Q. Another kind of general trending question for you. We've had four years of the College Football Playoff. 11 of the 16 spots have been occupied by four programs. Do you think that overwhelming majority among four programs is the result or the case of an unintended consequence in forming the Playoffs? Do you think it's a trend we should be concerned about? Do you think it should lead to more teams in the Playoffs?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I would not ever push for more teams in the Playoffs. This isn't really a tournament sport. If you start trying to turn it into a tournament, it's not going to work.

But the second thing, it certainly has been a trend. It's kind of happened that way throughout the history of college football, that the top teams over certain periods, certain eras kind of remain the top teams year in, year out. It's an indication of how well they're recruited, established program, emphasis of football in that community, so to speak.

I don't know if you can do anything to change it. It's kind of what the free world is all about. You do see some outliers, but it's tough when you look at the talent level at certain programs, you got to really challenge yourselves as a program all around.

I think you'll see some changes. It's kind of done that, where the power shifts. There's some programs right on that edge. That's what makes it special.

I'll tell you where our tournament is, and this is where every team is held accountable, all of us, is that the regular season is our tournament. If you want to be in that dance, that really big dance, you got to play great all year long. That's a big part of our sport. It's why our regular season is one of the more healthy regular seasons in all of sport.

I hope that's what you wanted.

Q. I had a chance to talk to Daniel Jones. He mentioned he hasn't played particularly well against Virginia in his previous outings. Why do you think that is?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I think Virginia plays good defense. I don't think there's any other real reason. I've got to do a better job of having him prepared. Any time a player doesn't perform what they think is their best level, I always look at myself. Got to put our players in good positions to be successful. That's my job.

Q. Your time coaching him, how has he developed in terms of teams he plays two or three times? Does he gain a better handle or understanding on what they're trying to do?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I think every quarterback does that. You're fortunate when you have a guy that's a two, three, four year starter in your program. I think they all gain insight. He's really, really bright. What he's done is he's grown not just in any one opponent, his approach to preparation, his approach to studying team, his approach to how focused you have to be on practice, to being an owner on the practice field.

I think the quarterback has to be an owner out there because everybody on that offense affects him. Sometimes when you don't play well, it's not all on you. But your responsibility is there. I think Daniel has done a better job of being a great practice player. That will serve him well as he continues to grow.

Q. In looking at the ACC stats this week, it appears that Duke is in the top half of virtually every defensive category, which I guess hasn't been the reputation over the years. What do you feel proudest of your defense?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I think it's been such a team effort. Ben Albert, Matt Guerrieri, Kirk Benedict, who is our special teams coordinator also work in the defensive staff, just been an emphasis of trying to make a team effort of getting better.

Recruiting is better. Our commitment from our players, it's really a good focus. It's something we believe we can really build on. I don't think we've seen the best Duke defense yet. We're working very hard to continue to grow that.

Q. Something about Georgia Tech's left guard, Parker Braun. I believe you recruited, saw him the other day. Tell me what you've seen in him in the game, on tape.
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: You want to talk about now or while we recruited him?

Q. Talk about now.

Parker is an explosive guy, strong. Comes off the football, blocks the first level and the second level well. If I had to pick one thing about him, obviously I've watched him a lot in his career, not just this past week, is that his toughness and his tenacity. He competes hard. He stays after you the entire play, wire to wire. He's one of those guys that plays till the whistle blows.

Q. Talk about Virginia's defense. They played a really good game against Miami. What do you have to do on the offensive side on Saturday afternoon?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Bronco Mendenhall is one of the better defensive coaches I've known. We've known each other quite some time. I studied what they did when they were at BYU because I thought they were good the at what they do.

I thought they were extremely well-respected for Miami. It almost seemed as if they were one step ahead of the entire game. They do a great mixture of their defenses, great blend of different types of things, different personnel, use their personnel well.

I think you have to have a very focused offensive team. You have to have a team that can handle their versatility. You got to be proactive. If you become reactive to what Virginia is doing, you're going to be a step behind.

You try to put your plan in, believe it. I think what they do for me is they make you prepare really, really, really hard. They got a lot to prepare for. We've tried to be focused in practice. But they require that you do that. I think they have a bunch of good football players. I mean, they're good athletes, but I'm talking about good football players that know what they're doing. They also have just a tremendous scheme.

Q. What is it like coaching in a rivalry game that's dated back to 1890?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Since I'm old and I was in the first one, it's really unique? I think I've been around for all of them, what I feel like sometimes (laughter).

I think it's fun. Any rivalry game, I've been fortunate and blessed to be involved with a bunch of great rivalries. This is unique. It really is. I spent quite a bit of time off and on through the years up at Charlottesville before I was at Duke. It's a great university setting, as is Duke.

I think it's a good rivalry again student bodies, not just teams, sports teams.


Bronco Mendenhall


BRONCO MENDENHALL: We're anxious to continue ACC play, this time going back on the road after a good performance by our team against Miami, and so we're hopeful to carry the momentum and improvement our program is making and carry is forward into our next game. So I'm glad to take questions.

Q. You guys have handed to running backs 110 times this year, and 102 of those have gone to Jordan Ellis. I know you always talk about his conditioning, but how is he holding up and what kind of an impact do you need him to have in the second half of the season?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Yeah, he's holding up really well conditioning-wise. We just barely came off the practice field, and he just never seems to get hurt or tired. His conditioning, there's a reason that he's at the highest level in our strength and human performance categories and standards, and we need him to continue just as he is, all the way until the season is over. So that's what we're counting on.

Q. Malcolm Cook, having him back, what does that do, and how has he looked so far in practice?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Yeah, Malcolm is returning to full health. He's not 100 percent recovered, but just having him available in that last game was critical, as we had an injury to Rob Snyder during the game, and so at an already thin position, it allowed us to at least manage and get through the game, and as he's returning to full health, it'll just keep getting better and better in terms of the impact he can have.

Q. And is Snyder back and available now?

Q. You mentioned Monday Coach Cutcliffe's reputation for coaching offense and teaching quarterbacks, but it seems that Duke's most marked improvement the last two years has been on the defensive side. As you have evaluated tape, what have you seen that they are doing so much better on that side of the ball?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Well, I like their scheme, first of all, so the position they're putting their players in I think is very good. They're coached very soundly fundamentally. They played with intensity and effort and aggression. But they're also poised and disciplined. I just think they're getting quality instruction, and their system now is allowing players that have been recruited to Duke to have their best chance for success, so I think the scheme matches their personnel, and they're coached really at a high level.

I'm impressed from what I've seen, and acknowledging and liking great defense and good defense, I started paying attention when we came into the league, and I think they just keep getting better.

Q. Statistically it's the linebackers who jump off the page. Giles-Harris and Humphries specifically. Are those the ones that jump off the tape?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Not necessarily. So they're strong and very productive, meaning that they're really consistent and they make lots and lots and lots of plays. But they're really just a component of the front seven and the collective 11, which just has players doing their jobs consistently and unified and coordinated at a really high level. But they're really good tacklers and they're active, and so I would say they're the leaders of the group, and certainly they're noticeable, but the collective 11 I think is the strength of the unit.

Q. I've been getting a lot of questions about the sequence at the end of the game, taking the points off the board. I've been telling people it was to avoid a kickoff but I'm not sure. Have you done that before? Just kind of talk about that a little bit.
BRONCO MENDENHALL: No, I haven't done it before. I've never had that exact situation. But pretty simply by taking points off the board, there wasn't going to be any more football, and we guaranteed the win. If we leave the points on the board, there's still time left and a chance to play the game, so by taking points off the board, it guaranteed our victory really with no risk, and so that's what I did and why.

Q. Talk about Daniel Jones. You played against him last year down in Durham. What do you see getting ready for him this year?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Well, he's a quality quarterback with size and strength and intangibles, physical intangibles that come with strong production. He's being coached and has been developed by one of the best offensive minds and quarterback coaches that there is, and his play reflects it. So I think he's a very good player who's helped his team get to be 5-1, and that's really record, talks a lot about quarterback performance. I don't think you get to 5-1 without strong quarterback play, so I'm impressed.

Q. I know a lot of coaches don't look ahead, but you guys beating Miami last week, you're basically still in the Coastal Division talk to go to Charlotte. Do you try to keep your players not thinking about that and try to get them focused on one game at a time?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Certainly. It's every team's goal to win their division and really at the halfway point there's very few teams that are eliminated from contention. The best chance to reach any of those goals is to play well the next week, which is where our focus is.

Q. You mentioned getting Rob Snyder obviously back and Malcolm coming back. From an injury standpoint, where are you with some of the other guys that you've lost? Do you have any others that are becoming available --
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Nope, no, we're the same, so no difference from our game against Miami other than, again, Rob and Malcolm's status, which we just talked about.

Q. Are there any takeaways from last season when you got off to a 5-1 start and struggled down the stretch?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Not necessarily. A few just key manifestations is ACC is long and grueling and difficult. It stresses roster depth and quality, and those two things really are manifest, so our roster is becoming deeper, but it's not significantly deeper. The ACC stretch is coming up, which is a huge test, and so really those things were the two key factors in our season.

Q. A little bit of a touchy question. I understand the need for safety, but you're seeing a lot of defensive players being ejected for targeting, and they can't really change the angle when the running back changes their angle. Do you have any thoughts on that?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: So you broke up there about halfway through the question, so I didn't hear the full question.

Q. Does the NCAA need to change a little bit and look at time and space when we're talking about targeting?
BRONCO MENDENHALL: Oh. Well, it's tough. There are hits that I think are ending up being targeting that I don't think are intentionally designed to be targeted by a defensive player, so there are some of those happening, and then there are certainly others that are clearly targeting, and everyone on the field and in the stadium knows that. I think it's still a work in progress. I still think it has possibilities to be improved. I'm talking about the rule for its intent, which is player safety. So I don't think it's perfect yet.

BDN Preview: Duke looks to move to 5-1 with a win against Virginia on Saturday

Coach Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils will be fired up to host a renewed rivalry game with Virginia - BDN Photo

Virginia at Duke
3:00 PM ET
Saturday, October 6
Durham, NC

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TV: Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Carolinas, check listings)
RadioBlue Devil IMG Sports Network, Sirius 134, XM 192

Duke: 4-1 (1-0 ACC), beat Wake Forest, 34-27
Virginia: 2-3 (0-1 ACC), lost to Louisiana Tech, 38-44

Last year: Virginia defeated Duke, 31-21


PROBABLE: LB David Helton (leg)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Lee Butler (lower body), QB Sean Renfree (arm), DT Jamal Wallace (lower body)
OUT: CB Jared Boyd (leg), S Brandon Braxton (upper body), LB Kelby Brown (leg), NG Jamal Bruce (foot), TE Braxton Deaver (leg), DE Justin Foxx (hand), S Chris Tavarez (leg)
OUT FOR SEASON: TE Jack Farrell (leg), WR Blair Holliday, DE Allen Jackson (shoulder), S Corbin McCarthy (shoulder), S Taylor Sowell (leg)


PROBABLE: Oday Aboushi (upper extremity), Will Hill (medical), Brandon Phelps (upper extremity)
DOUBTFUL: Tim Smith (lower extremity)
OUT: Billy Schautz (lower extremity), Buddy Ruff (medical), Darius Lee (lower extremity)
OUT FOR SEASON: Pablo Alvarez, Adam Caplinger, Marco Jones, David Marrs, Mario Nixon


A healthy Sean Renfree, officially a game-time decision, would go a long way to helping the Blue Devils get a win on Saturday. Renfree and the Blue Devil receivers should have been salivating this week as they watched film on the young and porous Virginia secondary. The Blue Devils have to capitalize on their strength through the air and the weakness of the Wahoo defensive backs. Virginia ranks 110th in the country in sacks and 118th in tackles for loss, which means that the Blue Devil offensive line should be able to provide plenty of time for plays to develop downfield. Mix in a few big runs by Thompson, Snead, and Duncan, and this could be another opportunity for the Blue Devils to eclipse the 40 point mark at home.

Defensively for Duke, Virginia has moved the ball through the air, but has been inconsistent on the ground, despite a big offensive line and a veteran running back in Perry Jones. I think that Duke has to trust their defensive backs to continue to make plays, and focus on keeping Jones in check. With a QB making his first college start and an offense that has thrown 8 interceptions and lost 5 fumbles through the first 5 games, the Blue Devils simply have to come up with a few turnovers. As has been the case all season, the injury-depleted Blue Devil defense may give up points and yards, but someone will have to step up to make the plays to win the game late. If they can give the Duke offense an extra possession or two, the Blue Devils should be able to come away with a victory.


Given the amount of talent and experience that Virginia lost from their 2011 team, Duke enters the 2012 matchup with a slight edge in talent and experience compared to the Cavaliers. In other words, if Duke plays well, they should win, but there are three primary ways Duke can lose this game.

First, given the recent history of this rivalry, Duke can become too emotional and lose their focus. If the Blue Devils are more interested in their egos and exacting revenge for last year's mistreatment, they may struggle to execute. Intensity in this game will be important, but it must be channeled appropriately.

The opposite is also true. The Blue Devils, at 4-1 and 3-0 at home, are feeling good about themselves after a big road win at Wake Forest, and look across the field at an opponent who has dropped three games in a row. Duke cannot come into this game expecting Virginia to hand the game to them. When the Blue Devils traveled to Stanford, we saw firsthand what a little complacency can do to this Duke team. This game is every bit as important to UVA's season as it is to the Blue Devils. It will be an intense, hard-hitting battle, and the Blue Devils will have to play with a high level of intensity for a full 60 minutes Saturday.

The final way Duke can lose this game comes down to fundamentals. In their win against Wake Forest, Duke managed to win the turnover battle. They have to continue to take care of the football on offense, and find ways to force Phillips Sims into turnovers in his first college start. If Anthony Boone is forced into action in place of Renfree, he will have to be smart with the football, but also not afraid to challenge the Virginia secondary. Duke's defense has to be prepared to face a big and strong Virginia offensive line, and a running back who has given them trouble throughout his career in Perry Jones. North Carolina native Kevin Parks has emerged as another weapon in the Cavalier backfield, and Phillip Sims can be dangerous on the ground as well. Virginia has a number of  wide receivers capable of making big plays, including Tim Smith, whom Duke fans may remember from his shove of a Duke coach on the sideline in Charlottesville last November.

Duke and Virginia look headed for another thriller in Wallace Wade Stadium -Lance Images


Duke and Virginia are by no means each other's biggest rival, but they have played a number of high intensity games over the past few years. Coach Cutcliffe is 3-1 against the Cavaliers, and after the disrespect shown by Virginia's Chase Minnifield, Tim Smith, and even Mike London last year, expect to see a heated battle on Saturday. The Blue Devils will come out with a lot of emotion and look to reclaim their dominance over the struggling Wahoos.

Given how important this game is for the Blue Devils, it's hard to imagine that Sean Renfree will not play, especially if his MRI showed no significant injury as has been reported. I think the Duke staff has been playing a little coy with Renfree's status, and I expect to see him out there on Saturday, though certainly not at 100%. Conner Vernon will become the ACC's all-time leader in receptions with his first catch on Saturday, and he'll put up big numbers against a team that has taken some shots at him throughout his career. Jamison Crowder and Desmond Scott will present even more troubles for the struggling Virginia secondary. The depleted Duke secondary will also give up its share of yards, but will again come up with the key turnover that gives the Blue Devils momentum. This game looks like it will be another intense shootout, much like Virginia's last trip to Durham, which means that the impressive play of Will Monday and Ross Martin on special teams just might be the difference. Duke 38, Virginia 35


Know the opponent: Virginia Cavaliers

The Blue Devils look to improve to 5-1 with a win against Virginia on Saturday.

Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC) has an opportunity to pull within one game of bowl eligibility as they host the Virginia Cavaliers (2-3, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday at 3:00 PM in Durham. The Blue Devils are riding a 3-game winning streak, while UVA is coming off three straight losses. After a 2011 season that saw them challenge for the ACC Coastal Division crown and finish 8-5, the Wahoos are off to a disappointing 2-3 start in 2012. As we do each week, BDN brings in a resident expert to give us an inside look at the opponent.

This week, we are honored to have Jerry Ratcliffe of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville join us for our opponent scouting report. Known to many as simply "Hootie," Ratcliffe came to The Daily Progress in 1982 as sports editor and columnist. He has served as the sports editor of six daily newspapers during his career. His work has been recognized by the Associate Press Sports Editors Association, the College Football Writers Association, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Virginia Press Association as well as the Middle Atlantic PGA (recipient of the Earle Hellen Award in 2007). Ratcliffe has won more than 55 writing awards, including the most recent, first place nationally in the APSE writing contest, which he shared with Whitey Reid on a basketball recruiting project. Ratcliffe has served as president of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and has penned one book: The University of Virginia Football Vault, a history of the Cavaliers program. He has been named the state of Virginia "Sportswriter of the Year" on four occasions by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Not only an outstanding journalist and editor, Jerry is one of the top authorities on Virginia football. We are so glad to have his help this week!

Virginia lost ten starters from last year's surprising 8-5 team. What were the expectations coming into the season for the Cavaliers? What have been the primary concerns during their 2-3 start in Mike London's 3rd season in Charlottesville?

I think most of the media's expectations, at least the writers who cover the team and those who follow ACC football strongly, differed from that of UVa's fans. Seemed as if most anytime I was asked over the spring and summer what I thought about Virginia's prospects and I answered, "worst case 5-7, should be very happy with 6-6, best case 7-5," I was greeted with moans.

It seemed as if UVa fans expected to be at least as good as last year's surprising 8-5 record, which I will admit, even surprised me. I never expected them to win on the road at Miami and Florida State. I think Mike London, as exhuberent a coach as he is, didn't help himself by talking about how the team hoped to feed off last year's momentum, that once you've tasted a season like that ... you want more. Instead, I think he should have dwelled on how much he lost from last year's team and how the nonconference schedule was much harder than last year's (Penn State, TCU, Louisiana Tech) and that he hoped to just find some way of getting back to a bowl this season, even if it meant breaking even at 6-6.

As far as the primary concerns in getting off to a 2-3 start, they are somewhat surprising in some aspects, totally expected in others. We knew the defense would be a problem because it lost essentially seven starters that included several players who made NFL rosters (Chase Minnifield, Cam Johnson, Matt Conrath, Rodney McLeod). This defense, particularly the secondary, has been shaky. The kicking game featured new guys in all three areas: kickoff, placements and punts, and all three have been fairly steady considering. What no one anticipated was how much the offense, which had most of its guys back, has really sputtered until last Saturday. Teams have simply loaded up the box with 8-man fronts and dared UVa to throw, which it hadn't done so well, again,until Saturday.

One of the positions where the Cavaliers did return a starter was quarterback, with junior Michael Rocco expected to build upon last year's 2,671 yards and 13 touchdowns. However, that hasn't been the case, as Rocco has just 6 touchdowns to 8 interceptions through 5 games. After throwing 3 interceptions last week against Middle Tennessee, Rocco was pulled in favor of Alabama transfer Phillip Sims, who nearly rallied the Cavs to victory. Is it safe to say that Virginia has a quarterback controversy? What is your assessment of the two quarterbacks?

Yes, Virginia has a full-blown quarterback controversy. The most vocal wanted Sims to start last week vs. LA Tech, but it looks like he will start at Duke if his leg is OK. I suspect nothing will stop Sims from getting his first start. I clearly thought Rocco should have started the season. He had experience, knew the offense, had executed it well (particularly the second half of last season) and was on the same brain waves as OC Bill Lazor (who is very good by the way). However, once Sims caught up in the knowledge department and timing, there's no question he throws a better ball: faster release, crisper, more velocity, tight spiral. At least London goes into games knowing he has two pretty good guys he can rely on.

Coming off a 2011 season where their defense ranked in the top third of the ACC in almost every statistical category, Virginia ranks in the bottom third of the ACC so far in 2012. In addition to giving up yards and points, the Wahoos are in the bottom 10 in the country in sacks and tackles for loss. What has been the cause of the defensive struggles? Which players do you expect to see step up over the second half of the season?

UVa's defensive woes are simple to explain. The Cavaliers lost too many good players and the ones who are there to replace them just don't have much experience. In my opinion, UVa's linebackers are slow and have trouble on mismatches in the passing game. The secondary is VERY young, four sophomores starting (three for the first year). Backups are freshmen. They're feeling their way. There really hasn't been much pass rush, although Virginia finished No. 90 in the nation last year in sacks and are even worse this year thus far. Prior to the season DC Jim Reid said his goal was to find a way to make the younger players perform a year above their class and so far that hasn't happened. As the season advances, they are hoping true prize freshmen DE, Eli Harold (a speed rusher) and Mike Moore (son of famed UVa QB Shawn Moore) will give them a pass rush. I belive free safety Anthony Harris will advance quickly and perhaps Maurice Canady, a true freshman backup corner with a lot of potential. Overall, I think this is going to be a mediocre to bad year for Virginia defense.

Over the past few years, the Blue Devils and Cavaliers have played some memorable, hard-fought games. With both teams looking to rebuild their programs and compete in the ACC, it appears that this renewed rivalry will only grow stronger. What are the perspectives of Virginia's fans, players, and coaches with regards to playing Duke?

The UVa-Duke series has been a good one and I imagine that will continue this year and into the future as Coach Cutcliffe continues to build the program. I like what he has done at Duke and I think he's an excellent coach (I've always felt like Southern coaches added something special to the game). It's difficult to gauge how fans, players and coaches perceive this series. While UVa-UNC used to be THE rivalry for the Cavaliers, I think that has faded somewhat in favor of UVa-Virginia Tech. The UVa-Maryland series has gained some status mostly because Al Groh and Ralph Friedgen had no love for one another. While the Duke and Virginia games have been hard fought and there's been some chippieness (Minnifield got a little too emotional last year), I still don't see this series as being viewed as a huge rivalry just because of the fans' emphasis on the aformentioned games. Still, Virginia should consider this a huge game because it may very well determine whether it goes to a bowl game or not, perhaps in the same light as Duke. Besides, Duke had won three in a row until last year and has won the last two in Durham.

Having snapped a 12-year losing streak to Wake Forest last week, the Blue Devils are flying high at 4-1 heading into Saturday afternoon's game with Virginia. With a tough second half schedule that includes both Florida State and Clemson, many feel this is a must-win game for Duke to have a chance at bowl eligibility. Obviously, Virginia will be equally motivated as they try to turn their season around after three straight losses. How do you expect Saturday's game between the Blue Devils and Cavaliers to play out?

I think Saturday's game is going to be a bloodbath. Both teams desperately need this game. In a way, their whole season(s) depend on this game's outcome. From a fan's standpoint, I'm expecting this to be a really good game, perhaps a thriller-diller, and good TV. If it's not, I will be surprised. Virginia's backs are against the wall and they're shuffling lineups a bit, challenging starters this week, changing quarterbacks. Seems to me, they're pulling out all stops to win this game. Duke has been playing well and I guess from the outside, most would say the Blue Devils have beaten the people they're supposed to have beaten, although some thought Wake would win last week. I think this game has all the makings of a terrific game. Personally, I would think Duke has to be favored. I haven't seen a line yet, but if the Devils aren't favored by say, 3 to 5 points, I would be surprised.