Dec 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone (7) passes the ball as offensive tackle Perry Simmons (72) blocks and Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones (7) pressures in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Is Duke a Contender or Pretender?

As the Aggies prepare for their bowl game we began taking a look at their opponent the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are coming off their loss to ACC Champion Florida State Seminoles. Early on it looked as if Duke came to play holding an offense that averages 53 points per game scoreless in the first quarter. Unfortunately for Duke fans Jameis Winston showed why he was the Heisman winning quarterback leading the Noles to a 45-7 win. They did force a couple of interceptions but their offense couldn’t muster up any offense.

The Blue Devils were able to feast on the Coastal Division to the tune of a 6-2 conference record. Their two ACC losses prior to the ACC Championship were in shootouts against teams that weren’t very good (Georgia Tech and Pitt). Those teams had a combined 13-11 record this past season. In their matchup against Virginia the Blue Devils would have to overcome a 22-0 deficit early on. They would ultimately win that game 35-22 but again Virginia wasn’t a good football team this year with a record of 2-10 (0-8 conference), which that was tied with North Carolina State for last in the conference.

Their regular season finale against in state rival North Carolina would prove to be a battle. Again the Blue Devils would have to rally late after falling behind. Duke kicked a field goal with 2:22 left in the game to take a 27-25 lead. The game still wasn’t safe at that point. Duke would need an interception with 0:13 left by DeVon Edwards to seal the victory. It is easy to see why Vegas has the Aggies favored by 11.5.

Ruling: The Blue Devils are pretenders.

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