The Duke Blue Devils are not known for their football program being more than a time-waster on Saturdays until the basketball season kicks off. But in 2013, the Duke football team has arrived as a legitimate program in Durham after clinching the ACC Coastal Division title and punching their ticket to the conference title game with their first 10-win season in school history.
On the road against the rival North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke was in a back-and-forth battle that needed a late field goal to secure the 27-25 win for their second-straight victory in the series. The victory was sealed by a late interception by the Blue Devil defense which created bedlam on the sidelines as the team celebrated the victory. Up next for Duke is a date against the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles for the ACC title to continue their improbable run in 2013.
Last season, David Cutcliffe led Duke to the postseason for the first time in 18 years and followed it up in 2013 with the most wins ever for the program and the first back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time ever. The team was expected to take a step back this season after losing key seniors from last season but have taken a huge step forward instead.
The challenge ahead of them against a dominant FSU team is likely more than they can handle right now, getting the chance to play for the ACC crown is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. Is Duke on their way to consistent success on the football field?