Most important game: Duke

Our series taking a look at the most important game on the schedule this year for each ACC school continues today with Duke. For those of you just tuning in, this is a look at which games will reveal the most or have the biggest impact on the 2012 race.


Most important game: Sept. 29 at Wake Forest

Why it’s important: If Duke is going to go bowling, it HAS to be able to win the winnable games, and this is definitely one of them. This has been one of the most entertaining series in the ACC. Since 2005, when Duke lost 44-6 to Wake Forest, the Blue Devils have lost five of six games in this series by a combined 16 points. Three of those games (2011, 24-23; 2008, 33-30 OT; 2006, 14-13), have been by a field goal or less. In the fifth season under coach David Cutcliffe, Duke should be able to go 3-1 in the nonconference schedule with wins over FIU, NC Central and Memphis. The key this year should be more conference wins, and it’s going to have to start on the road at Wake Forest.

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