Monday, March 10, 2014
Where's the love for Duke?
By Heather Dinich
Don't you guys learn?
Duke was picked to finish last in the Coastal Division in 2013, only to stun the league with a school-record 10 wins, an appearance in the ACC title game and a thrilling performance in a loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
And you guys aren't giving them more than a smidge of credit in our SportsNation poll.
Nearly 5,000 of you voted, and you're still stuck on Miami and Virginia Tech, which haven't done squat to prove this upcoming season will be any different. Miami got 34 percent of the votes -- but it lost to Duke last season. Same with the Hokies. And North Carolina -- two more teams that received more votes than the Blue Devils.
ACC fans, it's March. Don't you know Duke and UNC are the teams to beat?
As for the Atlantic Division poll, no arguments here with Clemson as the top choice to knock off the Noles.
I wouldn't pick the Tigers against FSU this fall -- not with so many new faces on offense against the returning Heisman Trophy winner -- but Clemson's defense will be good enough to make the Tigers a contender again for the ACC title. Once again, Duke was an afterthought in the voting, receiving only four percent of more than 5,200 votes. Never mind that Florida State beat fan-favorite Clemson by 37 points in 2013 -- and that was with Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd in the lineup. Or that the Noles drubbed Miami by 27 points. It's not as if Duke was the only team to be smothered by the national champs.
In spite of all of the Blue Devils' accomplishments last season, it appears the program has work to do before it convinces ACC fans that 2013's success wasn't an anomaly.