Last year, the Confidential unveiled over-unders for each ACC school. For Duke, the over-under was set at 7.5 regular season wins. Ultimately, the Blue Devils racked up 7 regular season wins, adding a bowl victory over Indiana to conclude the season. But now it is on to 2016. The Confidential sets the over-under for Duke at 6.5 regular season wins.
Here is the schedule for 2016, courtesy of a great football site:
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Very likely wins: North Carolina Central, Wake Forest, Virginia, Army
Very likely losses: Notre Dame, Northwestern
Verdict: Duke followed up a few good seasons with an 8-win season to keep momentum going. This year, Duke has a rough two-game stretch in Chicagoland against Notre Dame and Northwestern. Beyond that, North Carolina Central and Army should be wins. The conference schedule features a tough trip to Louisville, as well as a home game against Wake Forest. Thus, it will all come down to the Coastal games. It is not hard to see Duke match last year’s win total. However, Duke’s specific slate is somewhat tough, with trips to Louisville, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Miami. In contrast, the home game slate is North Carolina (local anyway), Wake Forest (other North Carolina foe), Virginia, and Virginia Tech. With a tough schedule, not going to project improvement. In fact, the Confidential goes with 6.5 regular season wins.
What do you think? Will Duke go over or under 6.5 regular season wins?