Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers: Clever vs. Speed
In the position Duke’s in, every week becomes the biggest game of the year, and this week it’s Clemson. The possibility of Duke (6-3, 3-2 ACC) beating an upper echelon team in the ACC in No.9 Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) is the highest it’s ever been; but is it enough? Without a doubt, what Duke has been able to accomplish so far this season is commendable, but they’re not content. After suffering a beating at the hands of #9 Florida State, the Blue Devils now preparing for Clemson’s game plan and any way to counter-strike it.
Clemson’s talent level is deep and they’re firing on all cylinders. For the Blue Devils to compete at a high level with the high-powered offense of the Tigers lead by, Tajh Boyd; they’ll have to create big plays offensively, defensively, and on special teams. The Blue Devils are going to be spread wide and with the outstretching set up of the Tigers speedsters, defensively. Undoubtedly, Sammy Watkins is widely recognized as one of the most explosive players in the country. So is DeAndre Hopkins, giving Clemson the top two explosive receivers and play makers in the entire country in, that has to accounted for.
Good news is, Clemson’s defense is awful ranking 96th nationally in total defense. Counterattacking the weakness of that is Duke’s immediate passing game, led by quarterback and receiver: Sean Renfree and Conner Vernon. Everything the Blue Devils do well will have to be done well Sat, Nov.3 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2, for the upset win. This games gives the Duke football program a lot of chances; chances to show who they really are when it counts, and the chance to make Duke fans ecstatic about the future. There’s no reason why they can’t do both under Coach Cuttcliffe.