Duke Analysis: Blue Devils Experienced On Both Sides of the Ball

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David Cutcliffe, Justin Fuente
Virginia Tech and Duke will kick off at 7pm. (Ivan Morozov)

Another week, another opponent for Virginia Tech that is loaded with junior and senior starters. So far the Blue Devils have pasted lower-level teams and had a quarter’s worth of a moral victory against a contender for the national title. What that means for a hard-to-read Hokie squad, I can’t say.

Offense

Duke’s offense has been interesting to watch. Running out the Flexbone has raised the most eyebrows, but it’s been more of a short-yardage grinder than anything; the best runs I saw actually came out of the gun. I’m not convinced that the triple-option and passing parts of the Flexbone are fully baked, but I can see a bye week giving them time to bring more of those plays into it (or time to ax the whole thing and let Tech waste time prepping for it.) Against Alabama the formation had a little success because of surprise, but it wasn’t really clicking (and I didn’t notice much growth in other games):

Quentin Harris (QB, #18) is their offense so far. He worried the heck out of me last year, though fortunately

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