Despite back-to-back losses heading into their bye week — in which they were outscored 104-27 — the Duke Blue Devils are in control of their own ACC destiny heading into the final two conference games of the year.
The ACC Coastal Division has been wacky since the opening kickoff of the season. Luckily for Duke, the division came back to the pack once again during their bye week. Georgia Tech dropping 68 points in a win over North Carolina and Virginia’s last second rally over Miami have propelled Duke to it’s current spot in the Coastal Division standings, tied with North Carolina (ineligible for postseason play) at one-half game back of the leaders.
Ironically, the two current leaders — Georgia Tech and Miami — are both 5-5 overall. In other words, neither is bowl eligible at the moment. They are ahead of Duke — who is bowl eligible — by the slightest margin, though.
Of course, all that will sort itself out over the next few weeks when Duke takes their shots against the aforementioned Yellow Jackets and Hurricanes.
It’s worth noting that Duke has given up over 42 points per game during their current losing streak. Facing an opponent that runs a triple-option offense — not to mention coming off of a 68 point outburst — is sure to capture the attention of a Duke defense that needs to stand up to the challenge ahead of them.
Here’s the bottom line when it comes to this season for the Blue Devils: two wins will put them 60 minutes from a BCS game.