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Even Iowa State, a program that has seen its share of struggles, is 5-11 in true road games during the same period. Using Iowa State’s record as a reference, the odds of a 24-game road losing streak are close to 0.01 percent. But as Kansas, 1-0, prepares to travel to Duke for a 2:30 p.m. matchup Saturday, the numbers and odds are mostly immaterial.
With Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald hauling in two interceptions against Southeast Missouri State last Saturday, you’d think there’s little reason to poke fun at his game. How do you bully the Big 12’s defensive player of the week? Well, fellow defensive back JaCorey Shepherd actually made it seem pretty easy."It was the fact that he didn’t return either of those interceptions," Shepherd said. "I gave him some trouble. I felt he had an opportunity to return at least one of them."
Charlie Weis surmised the team was shocked by it’s own success. Linebacker Ben Heeney said the "juice" was gone when the fans started leaving. Cornerback Dexter McDonald said the team forgot to "EAT" – that’s effort, attitude and toughness.
A breakdown of today's Kansas-Duke football game.
We all know about the Duke men’s basketball program and the powerhouse coach Mike Krzyzewski has built in Durham, North Carolina. But how well do you know Duke football?
For all of Duke's accomplishments during its recent rise to relevance, it's still been 20 years since the Blue Devils started a season with three straight victories.
This Kansas game is the final game of a home-and-home series that began in 2009. The Jayhawks were ranked No. 22 nationally at that point and dispatched an overmatched Duke team 44-16 in Lawrence, Kansas. Due to the giant puzzle that is scheduling, the games couldn’t be played in back-to-back years, so, now, five year later, the series will end.
The Blue Devils' most trusted wideout is their x-factor against the Jayhawks, but Kansas will counter with its newest red zone target that could give Duke's defensive backs Saturday.
After notching a 34-17 victory on the road at Troy, the Blue Devils return to the friendly confines of Wallace Wade to host the Kansas Jayhawks.
Duke had an impressive season last year, making the ACC Championship game and a real live bowl game. I am not sold that Duke has really risen as a program. Sure, they got dressed up last year and looked real pretty, but the ball is over.
Mr. Ed says: Wow, I knew we weren't respected around the conference in football, but this really surprised me. I hope we are able to raise a few eyebrows today.