Duke Football Is On It's Way to the Top

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 4, 2009

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 29:  Jabari Marshall #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts on the field during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Duke football. Ah, the memories. The worst team in the ACC, year, after year, after year. The Blue Devils have been the absolute basketball leaders in the NCAA.

But not football. Never in football.

But I think all that's going to change. Maybe not all at once, but gradually, over time, I think that the Blue Devils will become one of the better teams in the NCAA in ten to twenty years. The Devils have been the laughingstocks of ACC football, finishing with one win per year from 2004-2007.

However, in 2008, the Blue Devils finished 4-8 (1-7 ACC). But going 4-8 and having the second toughest schedule in the nation according to the Sagarin Rankings, with all but two of the twelve teams the Blue Devils faced becoming bowl eligible, with Virginia coming just short at 5-7 and James Madison went 12-1 in the Championship Subdivision. Any team that can get four wins against 11 good teams, ten of which are bowl eligible has to be heading up.

David Cutcliffe could be the best coach in Duke history. He just has to choose a non-conference schedule that doesn't include a helluva lot of good teams. The Blue Devils could maybe head for a BCS bowl. But they have a little bit to work on, and need to get football recruits away from UNC.