Category archive: Duke Blue Devils
Earlier in the week, we previewed the 2013 schedules that could be pitfalls for success. Today, we look ahead toward the favorable autumns, schedules that could lead to big seasons for two representatives -- a primary choice and an honorable mention -- from each of the five major conferences.
This should echo what we said Tuesday about difficulty, only the converse: A relatively easy schedule doesn't necessarily guarantee anything.
Example from 2012: Many believed Florida State was ready to compete for a national title because the Seminoles had Clemson and Florida at home -- but it was so-so North Carolina State, a program that ultimately fired its coach, that initially derailed FSU's plans. So you never know.
Our apologies, in advance, for jinxing the teams that follow.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Let's get this out of the way: Yes, the Hokies open with Alabama, a favorite to win a third consecutive BCS title.
But beyond that? No Clemson in the ACC. No Florida State, either. The new-look conference rotation is kind to a team that will be in rebound mode after it needed overtime in the Russell Athletic Bowl to eke out an uncharacteristic 7-6 season.
The league road quartet of Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia and Boston College -- the latter two were worst in their respective divisions in 2012 -- doesn't exactly evoke fear.
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