Duke, despite not ever being a member of the Big Ten or Pac-12, has a very unique connection to the Granddaddy of The All, and the football program is set to recognize said connection.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States government prohibited large gatherings of people on the West Coast. As the school wrote in a release, “on January 1, 1942, the Rose Bowl was played for the only time outside of Pasadena, Calif., after Blue Devil head coach Wallace Wade offered Duke Stadium as the host venue. Oregon State defeated Duke in the contest, 20-16, in front of 56,000 spectators.”
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of hosting the Rose Bowl, Duke will wear commemorative helmets in its game against Virginia Tech on November 5 at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
From the release:
The distinctive Battleship Grey matte helmet will be complemented with a black facemask and a decal replicating a logo used by the 88th Infantry Division of the United States Army that held the nickname “Blue Devils” during World War II. In addition, Duke’s standard black jersey will don an official Rose Bowl 75th Anniversary commemorative patch and, underneath the uniform, the Blue Devils will wear gray Nike Pro three-quarter sleeves and tights.
Duke fans of a certain age are used to seeing the four corners offense when ACC play rolls around. They were probably a bit surprised to see the Blue Devils use it themselves in a football game against Louisville on Friday night though.
David Cutcliffe’s squad held the ball a remarkable 37 minutes and tried their best to play keep away from the potent Cardinals offense but it wasn’t enough as Lamar Jackson was able to squeak out a 24-14 win that was much closer than the final score indicated.
The Heisman Trophy favorite did not have the sharpest of nights in the passing game after spending nearly two weeks off since the team’s last outing in a close loss at Clemson. Jackson finished with just 181 yards and a touchdown pass through the air but came up big on the ground with 144 yards rushing and another score. In a rare fourth quarter appearance on the year, the young signal-caller made several big plays in leading the Cardinals to a scoring drive just after the Blue Devils cut the lead to three points late in the game.
Jeremy Smith also chipped in with 97 yards rushing, including an 80-yarder in the third quarter that was Louisville’s longest offensive play of the year.
The story of the game was the impressive defensive effort by the visitors however. Facing the top scoring offense in the country, Duke slowed Louisville down considerably by limiting them to “only” 469 yards and a measly 24 points thanks to some big stops in the red zone. Joe Giles-Harris was all over the field on his way to a nine tackle, one sack effort and he got plenty of help from an offense that allowed for plenty of rest on the sidelines.
The Blue Devils thought they had a chance late when they held the Cardinals to a field goal attempt on 4th and 22 to keep it within a touchdown during the final few minutes. They suffered a heart-breaking penalty on the play when they were called for roughing the kicker though, which extended the drive and allowed Jackson to later punch it in for the final points of the night to salt away a win.
Either way it was an impressive effort from Duke in perhaps their most complete game of the season –against a top 10 team no less. Louisville still held on for the win to keep their slim College Football Playoff hopes alive however and will hope Friday night’s close game was simply the result of rust from a bye week instead of any lingering effects from their first loss of the season.
It’s been two weeks since Louisville has played a game and the team seemed to be a little bit rusty as a result in the first half of their ACC showdown against Duke on Friday night.
Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson marched the Cardinals down the field on a 10 play, 80 yard touchdown drive to open the game but was part of an otherwise ineffective offense inside the red zone as they took a 10-7 lead into the locker room after two quarters.
Jackson finished the half 8-of-16 for 129 yards and a touchdown through the air while chipping in 52 more yards on the ground. The team averaged nearly seven yards a play but didn’t have that many chances (just five total drives) to score as Duke won the time of possession battle quite handily.
Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones was efficient with just two incompletions in the first half while throwing for 90 yards and getting the team in position to make this a much more interesting game than one would have assumed. The team’s defense was very impressive in holding the Cardinals to just 10 points thanks in part to Joe Giles-Harris’ six tackles.
Rain did start to come down toward the end of the second quarter so perhaps that is one factor to consider in a game that is a lot closer than expected considering Louisville has one of the best offenses in the country. Duke coach David Cutcliffe has to be ecstatic at the way his team played in the first half but it will take another heroic effort in order to pull off the upset on the road.
Monday, we asked the question, “Is a nine-game conference schedule coming to the ACC?” Two days later, we all have our answer.
Following a vote of its athletic directors, the ACC announced Wednesday that the conference will continue to play an eight-game league schedule in football. As of yet, there’s no word as to how the voting shook out, although the fact that Notre Dame has a football scheduling agreement with the league along with a handful of annual rivalry games with SEC teams likely made it at least an 8-6 split against going to nine league games.
The conference will continue to require its members to schedule at least one game per year against another Power Five conference member.
The Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten currently play nine-game league slates, with the SEC joining the ACC as the Power Five holdouts on that front. The Big Ten and SEC also have the Power Five requirement for at least one non-conference game per season.
Additionally, the Big Ten is the lone Power Five league to ban its teams from scheduling future games against FCS opponents.
The 2016 presidential election could be coming to a college football stadium near you.
According to the Kansas City Star, a women’s advocacy group, UltraViolet Action, will fly airplanes over five stadiums this Saturday to protest what the group describes as “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s ‘long record of misogyny.'” The five stadiums are Michigan Stadium, Ohio Stadium, Kinnick Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field and Wallace Wade Stadium.
The most high-profile of the five games will be in the Big House, with No. 4 Michigan playing host to No. 8 Wisconsin.
The planes that the group have commissioned to do the flyovers will tow behind them banners that read “Trump Says Women R Pigs. Disagree? Vote.” The stadiums selected reside in the so-called swing states of Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The Star writes that “UltraViolet describes itself as a ‘powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.'”