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Around the ACC: Week 4

As week four comes to a close, there appears to be a big gap between the teams atop the conference and those searching for answers. Although several teams came out of the woodwork as powerhouses, others teams struggled to end the week with a victory.

Duke 47, Tulane 13

The Blue Devils (4-0) rose above the Green Wave (1-3) to obtain their best start in 10 years and end nonconference play on a high note, taking advantage of several Tulane miscues to cruise to victory. Duke will begin ACC play next week at Miami in its toughest test so far this season.

No. 1 Florida State 23, No. 22 Clemson 17

In the most action-packed game of the week, No. 22 Clemson (1-2) met No. 1 Florida State (3-0), who was without quarterback Jameis Winston after the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was suspended for the entirety of the game. Backup quarterback Sean Maguire managed to fill in adequately with 305 passing yards, but also threw two interceptions... Read more

Making The Grade: Duke football vs. Tulane

The Blue Devils were not at their best Saturday afternoon, but an opportunistic performance allowed them to capitalize on Tulane's mistakes and cruise to a 47-13 win against the Green Wave and still earn solid marks across the board.

Offense: B+

Pass: Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone connected with seven different teammates on 27 attempts Saturday, but finished with just 15 completions for 181 yards on the day. Boone's favorite target, All-ACC wideout Jamison Crowder, received six of those balls, including one reception for 48 yards. But as has been the case in every game this season Boone struggled at times to hit the mark, including on one overthrown ball that resulted in his first interception of the season. The passing game will have to be more efficient against ACC squads that can handle Duke's offensive line in the trenches and slow down the running game.

Rush: Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk averaged 18.8 yards on five carries to lead the Blue Devils in rushing... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 4

Duke wins ugly, stays unranked

In their final non-conference tune-up, the Blue Devils defeated Tulane 47-13 in a game that was much closer than the score appears, as Duke allowed the Green Wave to keep the game within two-possessions deep into the third quarter. However, the Blue Devils' opportunistic defense took over the game in the fourth quarter with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Nonetheless, an all-around lackluster performance kept Duke unranked in this week’s AP Poll. The Blue Devils still moved up to first among teams receiving votes, though, and could crack the top 25 after their crucial contest on the road at Miami next Saturday.

Seminoles survive Winston's suspension

The defending champion Seminoles remained atop the AP Poll in week four after defeating previously 22nd–ranked Clemson 23-17 in overtime. The Seminoles withstood the absence of star quarterback Jameis Winston, whose embarrassing actions continued when he drew the ire of his coach for dressing in pads during pre-game warm-ups... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Tulane

The Blue Devils used five turnovers and a host of other Green Wave miscues to dominate 47-13 in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Don’t rely too much on the big play: Tulane boasts a strong secondary with Preseason All-AAC First Team cornerback Lorenzo Doss and Second Team safeties Darion Monroe and Sam Scofield, so the Blue Devils knew that they would have to defer to the ground game more against Tulane. They did just that. Anthony Boone, Josh Snead, Thomas Sirk, and Sean Wilson all scored rushing touchdowns from within the ten yard line for Duke, which racked up 256 yards on the ground.. The Blue Devils also moved the chains steadily, converting seven of their 13 third-down attempts.
  • Come back to Crowder: Jamison Crowder, arguably the Blue Devils’ biggest offensive threat, had trouble matching the stats he put up against Elon and Troy last week against Kansas. He recorded only two receptions for 14 yards... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Tulane

Duke heads to the locker room with a 19-7 lead against Tulane at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils—who scored on short touchdown runs by Thomas Sirk and Josh Snead—got some help from a Tulane safety and added a Ross Martin field goal in the opening 30 minutes.

For the second week in a row, the Blue Devils wasted no time marching downfield to grab an early lead. Keyed by a 43-yard scamper by backup Sirk on third-and-one, Duke completed a seven-play, 75-yard drive in less than three minutes, culminating in a Sirk one-yard touchdown run. The entire drive came courtesy of quarterback runs, as starter Anthony Boone rushed four times for 27 yards in addition to Sirk's two carries.

Tulane answered back with an impressive opening drive, converting a pair of third downs during an 85-yard drive that ended when freshman running back Dontrell Hillard punched it in from five yards out. Once again, the Blue Devils responded quickly, as Snead bulldozed his way into the endzone from two yards out... Read more

Third and Goal: Duke football vs. Tulane

Coming off a dominant performance against Kansas, highlighted by true freshman running back Shaun Wilson’s record setting day, the Blue Devils will take on Tulane in their last nonconference game of the year. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to this afternoon’s game:

Don’t rely too much on the big play

Against Kansas last week, Duke scored touchdowns of 36 yards in the air and 69 yards, 68 yards and 45 yards on the ground. Although it obviously had great success on a number of individual plays, the Blue Devil offense struggled to move the chains at times. With five punts on the day, Will Monday saw more action that he had in the first two weeks of the season despite the team’s wide margin of victory.

This week against Tulane, it is essential that Duke does not rely on home runs as the primary source of offensive production, especially considering the Green Wave boasts a strong pass defense. Defensive end Royce LaFrance, who recorded 6... Read more

X factor: Duke football vs. Tulane

Looking to start 4-0 for the first time in 20 years, the Blue Devils will take on Tulane Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Every week throughout the football season, we’ll break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest.

Duke: linebacker David Helton

The senior preseason Second Team All-ACC linebacker leads an improving linebacking corps that is rapidly developing while adjusting to the absence of mike linebacker Kelby Brown. Helton, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, already has 31 tackles through 3 games—including 15 at Troy two weeks ago—and will need to have another big game to stop Tulane’s formidable rushing attack that averages 5.0 yards per rush and 157.3 rushing yards per game, which is currently the second-best rushing attack in the American Athletic Conference.

The rushing attack, led by redshirt freshman running back Sherman Badie, has produced yards in bunches, as Badie alone has three rushes of more than 20 yards, two of which went for touchdowns... Read more

Duke football injury report: Tulane

As the Blue Devils prepare to wrap up their nonconference slate against Tulane Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke released its weekly injury report. We look at who will be missing Saturday's game and the implications going forward:

QUESTIONABLE

DE Dezmond Johnson (leg)

OG Lucas Patrick (leg)

OUT

TE Dan Beilinson (upper body)

CB Johnathan Lloyd (lower body)

OL Trip McNeill (lower body)

OL Jake Sanders (upper body)

OUT FOR SEASON

LB Kelby Brown (leg)

TE Braxton Deaver (leg)

DE Taariq Shabazz (leg)

Breakdown: Unlike week's past, there are actually some question marks for Duke heading into Saturday's game against the Green Wave... Read more

Coach Krzyzewski talks about freshman class and addresses criticisms of Team USA, himself at opening press conference

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski held his first press conference of the fall Thursday in which he addressed his time with Team USA, Duke's upcoming season, the Blue Devil freshman class and the recent criticisms lofted at USA Basketball and himself.

The Blue Devil freshman class of Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen is the top-ranked group in the Class of 2014. After the departure of Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood to the NBA, Duke will lean on its young players to produce early, with Okafor leading the way. Krzyzweski pointed toward the willingness of the upperclassmen to help the rookies' transition as a big help in getting them acclimated.

"This freshman class is just ahead maturity-wise. With our team right now, it's not sophomores, freshmen, juniors, seniors; They're Duke basketball players. The freshmen aren't freshmen, they're Duke basketball players. There's not that differentiation... Read more

Ingram to take visits with other suitors, Kennard and Maker's summer mixtapes drop

It's been another quiet week in the recruiting world, but Brandon Ingram did announce some visits—and it will not please Blue Devil fans.

In the Class of 2015, Duke is looking to make Ingram, a North Carolina native, the third member of its recruiting class. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, however, Ingram tweeted this a few days ago and one team from his final six was left out:


Later, in an interview with ZagsBlog, Ingram announced he would go to Midnight Madness at North Carolina Oct. 3, Kansas Oct. 10 and Kentucky Oct. 17, with the latter two serving as official visits.

There were rumors that Ingram’s visit at Duke had not gone well and this only echoes those sentiments... Read more