Monday Thoughts: Duke Will Cure What Ails You

Growley II Virginia Tech
Growley II (Tank) is a good dog, and he will officially retire at the end of this semester, so this was his last home game. (Ivan Morozov)

And thus, another home football season comes to an end, with a big win over a bad Duke team that came along at just the right time.

Sure, it was just Duke, but as I outlined in last week’s game preview, Duke in Blacksburg hasn’t exactly been a gimme in the last decade. Here’s the graphic we ran in that preview:

The first five times these teams played in Blacksburg in ACC play (2004-2012, even numbered years), Virginia Tech went 5-0 and won by an aggregate score of 176-47 (35-9 average score). Pounding Duke in Blacksburg – not just beating them but flattening them – was a given.