Yes this is a blog about football, and I am talking about Duke University........Let that marinate for a second.
The Blue Devils notched their ninth win of the season with an ACC victory over Wake Forest a little over an hour ago to put them at 9-2 on the year. You know the last time time they had this many victories in a season!? ..1941.
Under head coach David Cutcliffe who was hired in 2007 this is now their third strait season of bowl eligibility.
This is the same program which only had 3 ...count it on one hand... 3 winning seasons prior to 2008. To say the Duke football program was irrelevant is putting it lightly....very very lightly.
Brandon Connette and Anthony Boone who play in a dual quarterback system are not household names but each have over 1,000 yards passing and at least 5 touchdowns.
Running back by committee where they each have at least 300 yards rushing and those same three running backs have a combined 15 touchdowns between each of them.
Jamison Crowder who is barley 5'9 is their standout receiver with 956 yards and 3 touchdowns, one of five receivers that have at least two touchdown catches.
A Defense that ranks 68th in the FBS standings which is solid...bend but don't break.
Now I am not saying this is one of the best teams in all of college football because they are far from a powerhouse.
I just have to give props to a program that has turned its tradition around for the better. Duke football was once stranded on life support but they are back on the map.
And how fitting is it that a win over UNC is all that is standing in their way from clinching a spot in the ACC championship game....A classic rivalry moves from the hardwood to the turf?
Last but not least with that being said coach Cutcliffe deserves some national coach of the year consideration..real talk..I see you Blue Devils!