The 2013 Duke football season was surely a shocker for most people. Duke finished 10-2 and stood on top of the ACC Coastal division. Unfortunately for them, they had to face undefeated Florida State in the title game. The Duke Blue Devils put up a huge fight but were just no match for the Seminoles. Duke did finish 24th in the nation to end the 2013 season and have high hopes for this season. In this article I will be predicting the outcome of all four of Duke’s non-conference games in 2014. Duke has a fairly easy non-conference schedule, with no real true test. And coming from a guy who caught the majority of Duke’s games in 2013, I can surely see Duke making a splash in 2014.
Aug 30th vs Elon
Opening day for the Blue Devils with take place on Aug 30th against Elon University. Elon is a FCS school that finished 2-10 in 2013. Crazier things have happened but it would be nothing short of a miracle if Elon pulls this one out.
Outcome: Win 42-3
Sept 6th @ Troy
Troy University has been one of the best non BCS schools in the last decade. From 2006-2010, Troy managed to win 8+ games every season. But this game will certainly be a struggle. In 2013 Troy struggled heavily defending the pass. A matter of fact – Troy ranked 121 out of 123 teams in passing yards allowed. This could be a problem for the Trojans since Duke has the only wide receiver with back to back 1,000 yards season in the power 5 conferences, Jamison Crowder. Crowder is a big time receiver who will easily go for over 200 yards in this game.
Outcome: Win 38-10
Sept 13th vs Kansas
The struggles for the Kansas football program continued as they only were able to come out with three football wins in 2013. This will be the third straight so-called “tune up” game for this Duke team. Kansas ranked 93rd in scoring defense and 118th in scoring offense. Kansas’ only three wins last season came against South Dakota, who finished 1-10 in the FCS, Louisiana Tech, who finished 4-8, and West Virginia who also finished 4-8. Duke should have no problem getting by the Jay Hawks.
Outcome: Win 42-10
Sept 20th vs Tulane
Duke’s 2014 non conference schedule should easily be a breeze with these matchups. When Tulane is your toughest opponent, you know you got it easy. But don’t sleep of the Green Wave. Tulane finished 7-6 last season and almost pulled the upset against a pretty good Louisiana Lafayette team in their bowl game. Tulane is led by quarterback Nick Montana who passed for over 1,700 yards in only 296 attempts. He is also the son of 4-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana. But the problem for Tulane is they have no offense threats outside of Montana. Tulane ranked in the hundred in passing yards and rushing yards per game. Duke’s defense is still pretty solid from a year ago. Tulane does have a great defensive attack though. Ranking 24th in the league in points allowed in 2013. Look for this to be a tough, ugly, grind them out kind of game.
Outcome: Win 24-13