Will the Blue Devils Ever Be Important?

Nicholas McCutcheonContributor IAugust 19, 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)

Another college football season is upon us and the question on nobody’s mind is: How are the Blue Devils going to do this season?

After years of low expectations and lower results, Duke will once again take the field in a conference that will see many teams fighting for their chance to go to Tampa in December.

Four wins was a stellar improvement for a team who had not seen that much success since the 1994 season.  David Cutcliffe will look to make his second year as progressive as his first, however, a tough conference schedule and a third week date at Kansas will make getting to the postseason a highly unrealistic task.

Thaddeus Lewis will give the Blue Devils an experienced quarterback, having started 34 games in his career.  Lewis will need receivers to step up to replace the production of Eron Riley, the Blue Devils’ biggest loss from last year's team.

There will be no bowl for Duke this year.  Even with the two FBS schools and Army, the Blue Devils will be hard pressed to make it back to last year's 4-8 mark.  The prediction will be three wins for the Blue Devils, all coming in the preseason, and a gauntlet of ACC teams with no easy wins awaits the boys in Durham.

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