The pressures of going from a plucky underdog to a favorite might just have been too much for Duke’s football team to handle this month.
After opening the season with a pair of road games that best could be described as a chemistry experiment, No. 7 Duke opens its home schedule on Sunday against Marquette.
In the return to their home state of Virginia, Duke seniors Ka'lia Johnson and Elizabeth Williams led the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to an 82-66 victory at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Thursday night.
Marquise Williams threw touchdown passes of 1 yard to Mack Hollins and three yards to Quinshad Davis and ran for scores of 1 and 16 yards as UNC beat Duke 45-20 Thursday night in a key ACC Coastal Division showdown at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The chemistry between veteran Quinn Cook and freshman Tyus Jones in the backcourt couldn’t have been better when Duke beat Michigan State 81-71 in the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Cook led Duke with 19 points while Jones scored 17. In addition to the 36 points they combined to produce, the dished out 10 assists while playing a total of 67 minutes without committing a turnover.
It’s been two years since UNC players have rung the Victory Bell signifying a win over Duke and the Tar Heels want to make that sweet sound again. UNC senior safety Tim Scott said UNC needs to get the bell back and restore it to a lighter shade of blue when the teams meet on Thursday, Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
After a couple of decades of irrelevance, Duke football gets a rare night in the national spotlight. The No. 25 ranked Blue Devils will play rival North Carolina tonight (7:30 p.m., ESPN) in the first prime-time, weeknight game at Wallace Wade Stadium since 1994.
Some questions may have been answered in No. 4 Duke’s 81-71 win over No. 19 Michigan State Tuesday night in the Champions Classic doubleheader at Bankers Life Field House.
Four teams may not be enough for a college football playoff, according to ACC commissioner John Swofford. Speaking at Wednesday’s weekly Durham Sports Club meeting at Croasdaile Country Club, Swofford said an eight-team playoff, “in terms of the number of teams, would probably be ideal.”
The aches and pains will be the same on both sides so the short week of preparation isn’t bothering the players from North Carolina as they get ready to face No. 25 Duke on Thursday night.
Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor slumped to the bench with four fouls and just under nine minutes remained for the No. 4 Blue Devils to hold off No. 19 Michigan State. What could have been a big problem turned into no problem thanks to another Duke freshman -- Tyus Jones.
Duke (8-2, 4-2 in ACC) can still attain its goal of a second consecutive ACC Championship Game appearance by winning its last two regular-season games, beginning with rival North Carolina on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
No. 4 Duke gets its first major test of the season against No. 19 Michigan State.
Duke is among several college teams for which Southern running back Jordon Brown might suit up on Saturdays.
The Blue Devils are tough to beat when their passing game is on. North Carolina will be looking to keep them covered during Thursday's game at Wallace Wade Stadium. UNC is trying to get in a bowl game.