Blake Bortles and Girlfriend Lindsey Duke Are Sports' Hottest Couple in 2014

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 3, 2014

Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) celebrates after beating Baylor Bears 49-35 in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Push past the Tannehills, slip on by Katherine Webb and A.J. McCarron, and you'll find the year already belongs to Duke and Bortles. 

We are of course referring to Lindsey Duke, the young woman who continues to garner a great deal of attention while her University of Central Florida quarterback boyfriend, Blake Bortles, continues to wade in relative obscurity. 

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the UCF Knights walks off the field after defeating the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennife
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Now, "obscurity" may be too harsh of a term, but you would struggle to find those outside of ardent football fan circles who would quickly recognize his name, which is remarkable considering what many seem to think about his prospects outside of college. 

The junior quarterback helped the Knights down Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, 52-42, garnering 301 yards and three touchdowns by air and 93 yards and a TD on the ground. 

CBS Sports' Rob Rang seems to think Bortles has a lot to think about before committing for one more season with UCF, offering that he is, "a young quarterback with intriguing traits but whose technique might require a bit more polish before heading to the NFL."

Bleacher Report's Ben Kercheval is far more positive in highlighting a kid who was once, "an unheralded 3-star recruit." Now he's someone who The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi considers as better than Daunte Culpepper was while playing for UCF. 

So people are talking, they just aren't clicking. That's what we glean from the funny video that follows tipping fans off to the amazing manner in which Duke surpasses her QB beau in popularity. 

The New York Daily News, and many others, picked up on that video featuring ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski asking Bortles and head coach George O'Leary about the immense popularity surrounding Duke. 

O'Leary certainly wins in the quote department, "I would hope as a head coach that the numbers would be reversed, but obviously you haven’t seen his girlfriend. She deserves six million Googles."

Here is a pic of the couple from Duke's Instagram feed, followed by some more of the Internet sensation and her boyfriend. 

They deserve all of the Googles. 

The obvious notion, regardless of Bortles' decision, is that we have our winner for sports couple of the year. 

Lauren Tannehill was all the rage when her husband, Ryan Tannehill, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2012, and she made a splash after being featured on HBO's Hard Knocks later that year

In 2013, it was all Katherine Webb, the model who overshadowed her star quarterback boyfriend, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, during the 2013 BCS championship game

In 2014, it's all Bortles and Duke—a couple who doesn't need Brent Musburger or draft night to dominate the Googles.