I love what Cutcliff has been doing at Duke…But in looking at this game in the context of the Alabama OOC schedule, maybe this would be a good time to schedule a second OOC game with a P5 opponent. Maybe, just maybe a home and home series.
Georgia has been regularly scheduling two OOC games with P5 teams, even Florida is set to do so in 2017 and 2019….
About half the ACC usually plays 2 OOC games with P5 teams. With the Big 10, Big 12 and PAC 12 playing 9 game conference schedules almost all of those programs play at least 10 regular season games with P5 opponents.
It is time for all contenders to be playing at least 10 games in the regular season with P5 opponents,
This has to be the worst kickoff match-up I’ve heard of.
+1. Who in the world thinks this is a good idea for either team?
On black & white paper it looks like a weird match up for being neutral site game but Duke benefits big time if they win. Its not the most popular match up it the past but just because it is the worst you ever heard of does not determine the outcome of the game. Example, #8USC vs #1Bama seemed like a great match up, top ten teams, loads of tradition, must see TV, top of their conference.
You never know, Duke could be a hand full to play against. Not sure if I am buying what I am saying either, it is a stretch.
Will this game even be able to sell tickets? Unless you are an Alabama fan that lives in the area, I don’t know why you would go out of your way to see this match-up. Being an Ohio State fan, it would be like me driving 3 hours to Indianapolis to see the Buckeye’s take on Iowa State. No thank you. Can’t imagine the limited Duke fanbase would be excited to see their team be embarrassed either.
Anyone have Wake Forest #? Bama vs Duke and GA vs VA – these Kick-off Games may have run their course.
With such large alumni bases for B1G schools in Atlanta, you would think they could get one of them instead of the bottom of the ACC.
I hate to say this but this is somewhat of a let down match-up. I think David Cutcliff has done a great job at Duke & the last four years the Blue Devils are a pretty good team but I feel there will be no excitement over this game unless Duke is in the top 10. We don’t know how both these teams will look in 3 years but if you were to tell me that Bama is playing Duke in college basket ball in 3 years, I would say there is a 20 point lose for Bama. Not sure if Cutcliff or Magic Nick will even be around then but if there are, hopefully it will be a good game.
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Hard to believe this is already their 5th season outside of the MAC.
Temple has done a great job scheduling the last few years. Home games with Penn State, Notre Dame, Maryland, Rutgers, Oklahoma, and now BC and Duke. I know the PSU, OU, and ND were series where they had to have multiple return trips, but still great opponents to host at least once.
Seems like the worst of the P5s are playing each other. (Apologies to Kansas-haters.)
8-10 years ago Dook was a bottom 10 1-A…….no more…..I’d put them between 45-55 on the 1-A chart.
Duke & Northwestern have gotten better over the years.
There should be some kind of rotating series among Duke, NW, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.
They pretty much are, and you can throw in Notre Dame and Rice to your list. These schools tend to schedule each other for OOC because they have close faculty ties and often hire people from each other (similar experience in recruiting and operations).
Im a B1G fan. Purdue is by far worst right now in the conference.
Shep: Northwestern has said that they want to play teams that are top academic institutions also. There are some top academic institutions who will lower the academic admission standards a lot to get in a football player, but the teams on your list do not. Note that the list doesn’t avoid good football teams (playing Stanford who has been a consistent power) though on the gridiron, Duke has not been outstanding and Vandy is near the bottom of the SEC (academically, Vandy is the top of the SEC). None of these teams at ‘my’ team, but I admire the thinking behind this scheduling.
Yep, very similar schools in terms of academic cache where it is quite feasible that these student athletes could be attending one of the others for graduate school. Just like I think everybody would enjoy a landgrant school pool – Michigan State, Texas A&M, Clemson, and Cal would be nice pairings across the country. You could also have a “State” one – Penn State, LSU, FSU, and ASU.
I’m not in the US so you may need to state the obvious here – why is it interesting to have the schools that were given land play each other? Do these schools have resulting similar cultures or another similar resulting attribute? Thanks.
@dbrunstheworld I’m referring to more of a theme to lean on to generate interesting match-ups, similar to the “State” schools. Many of them share similar attributes, but they’re all vastly different but the pool of schools I chose would be entertaining on the field with one another.
While the ACC has a 8 game conference schedule Duke is in that group of ACC teams which normally play 2 OOC games against P5 opponents. Good to see that sort of scheduling.
The camera angle you are referring to was not directly under the goal post looking straight up. Don’t know how you could conclude it was good without seeing that angle.
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That is a very long time from now. By the time this game gets played, Duke and Illinois could be in the same 64-team SuperConference with paid players and coaches replaced by A.I. programs supplied by Chinese boosters.
Some players who will take the field for one of these games is finishing first grade this week.