Army football visits Duke on Friday in Durham, N.C. Here is your first look at Blue Devils.
Duke Season so far
Duke, like Army, hasn’t played a game this season. Last season Duke finished 7-6 overall. It was a tale of three seasons for Duke. The Blue Devils started out with four straight wins including victories over Northwestern, Baylor and North Carolina. Things were looking good. Then Duke hit a mid-season rut losing six straight, with Army (21-16) being the sixth loss in that string. The Blue Devils then rallied to win their last two regular season games before defeating Northern Illinois in Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl, 36-14.
Army-Duke Stat Comparison
|ARMY OFF PPG||30.7||26.5||DUKE OFF PPG|
|ARMY DEF PPG||22.0||20.2||DUKE DEF PPG|
|ARMY TOTAL OFF||390.1||384.8||DUKE TOTAL OFF|
|ARMY PASSING OFF||27.8||213.4||DUKE PASSING OFF|
|ARMY RUSHING OFF||362.3||171.4||DUKE RUSHING OFF|
|ARMY TOTAL DEF||349.7||332.6||DUKE TOTAL DEF|
|ARMY PASSING DEF||176.8||179.4||DUKE PASSING DEF|
|ARMY RUSHING DEF||172.9||153.2||DUKE RUSHING DEF|
|ARMY TO MARGIN||0.38||0.00||DUKE TO MARGIN|
|ARMY MASSEY COMP&||62||39||DUKE MASSEY COMP|
& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.
Duke Injuries and Suspensions
According to donbest.com, Duke safety Jeremy McDuffie has been upgraded to ‘probable’ for the Army game. McDuffie is a veteran starter for Duke. He is preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
Challenges for Army
Duke should be improved this season. They have their starting QB, Daniel Jones, back and all the starting receivers. Duke also has three of four back on the defensive line. In the two previous decades (1990s,2000s) you could write this game off as a likely loss for Army. Not anymore thanks to Jeff Monken and defensive coordinator Jay Bateman. Monken and staff have brought in fast, athletic players who can keep up with Duke’s speedy wide receivers. Bateman is a fine defensive coach. It helps to have that potent option offense clicking too. All this at least gives Army a chance.
Friday’s game kicks off at 7 CT and can be seen on ESPNU. Check back at AcademyWars.com for Army’s 3 keys to victory and a Duke-Army preview/prediction.