ACC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

ACC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What game on every ACC team’s schedule might cause some trouble? Each team should win these games, but focus, interest, and big games before and/or after could be a problem in these letdown dates.

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Big 12 Top Letdown Games For Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

Big 12 letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What’s the game on every Big 12 schedule that should be a problem? They’re games that each team should win, but the A effort might not quite be there consider what happened the week before, or what’s coming next.

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Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Duke College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Duke season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Duke Blue Devils Preview
Head Coach: Mike Elko, 1st year
2021 Preview: Overall: 3-9, Conference: 0-8
Keys To The Season | Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Duke Top 10 Players | Duke Schedule & Analysis

Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022

It’s not all that long ago that Duke was going to bowl games.

It’s possible to win in Durham. It might not be easy, and it might take a perfect storm and several upsets, but the Blue Devils had five winning seasons in six years from 2013 to 2018, and they went to six bowls in seven seasons before it all went off the rails.

How rough has it been? After a good start in 2019, Duke has gone 6-21.

Where did it all go wrong? The offense fell flat under a legendary offensive head coach David Cutcliffe, and now the program is going in a different direction.

It’s time to play a little defense, too. You don’t get a first time head coach like Mike Elko unless you want to stop someone.

The former defensive coordinator at Texas A&M and Notre Dame was hired to change around the Duke program and take it in a different direction, and it’s possible to be good again in a hurry.

The talent level isn’t there compared to the rest of the ACC, and the depth is lacking after losing too much through the transfer portal, but this will be a different looking Duke team on one side of the ball, and on the other …

Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022: Offense

Duke will still focus on the offense, too. Offensive coordinator Kevin Johns will want to speed up the attack, open things up with both creating wide open spaces and spreading everyone out, and after working at Memphis and Texas Tech, there will be a good tempo.

How bad was the Duke offense last season? It wasn’t totally awful. It averaged a solid 418 yards per game – the running game worked at times – but it was a struggle to score. And now …

The offensive line might be the early strength to work around. It was hardly a steamroller of a Blue Devil ground game, but it was effective at times, and now four starters are expected to be back. There were too many plays allowed in the backfield, and the group didn’t take over enough, but the front five will be experienced.

1,244-yard running back Mataeo Durant is done, and the second-leading rusher was likely backup quarterback Jordan Moore. Jordan Waters is a good-sized back who ran for 197 yards, and he’ll be the main man in the rotation early on.

Is Riley Leonard really ready to take over and make the O fly? He saw a little bit of time as the No. 2 quarterback – throwing for 381 yards and a touchdown in place of new FIU likely starter Gunnar Holmberg – but he’s a big passer with the mobility to be a problem when he gets room to move.

The receiving corps loses leading receiver Jake Bobo to UCLA, but Jalen Calhoun should be able to pick up the slack – he led the team with three touchdown catches and was a decent deep threat at times – and Eli Pancol and Darrell Harding are big targets with experience.

Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022: Defense

Why did Duke hire a defensive head coach in Mike Elko? There were 130 teams in college football last year, and Duke was ranked 130 in total defense. The Blue Devils allowed 518 yards and 40 points per game, the run defense was bad, the pass D worse, and Elko and co-defensive coordinators Robb Smith and Jess Simpson will hammer hard to improve everything right away starting with …

The linebackers. The 2 in the 4-2-5 have the potential to be among the team’s biggest strengths. Shaka Heyward and Dorian Mausi are smallish ballers who combined for 157 tackles, but they had to make way too many plays behind a line that didn’t hold up.

320-pound tackle Gary Smith is off to UCLA, but DeWayne Carter is a big veteran to start with on the interior – he’s a good factor in the backfield. The pass rush has to show up with leading sacker RJ Oben on one side and a rotation coming on the other.

The secondary only came up with six interceptions – the D got eight in all – partly because the pass rush didn’t help, and partly because the defensive backs weren’t good enough. That’s about to be fixed even with a whole slew of parts transferring out.

Iowa State transfer Datrone Young will help the cause at one corner, but the addition of former star Michigan recruit Jordan Morant at safety is the bigger deal to help a secondary that’s all but starting over.

Keys To The Season | Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Duke Top 10 Players | Duke Schedule & Analysis

Duke Blue Devils: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats NEXT

Duke Blue Devils Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Duke players going into the 2022 college football season?

Duke Blue Devils Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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Duke Blue Devils Preview 
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen | Duke Schedule & Analysis

NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every ACC School

Who are the ACC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each ACC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every ACC program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The ACC takes a backseat to no one when it comes to NFL draft bragging rights from its current programs.

The bulk players might not be there like it is from the SEC and the Big Ten, but you want high-end talent?

From Dan Marino to Jim Brown, and from Lawrence Taylor to Derrick Brooks to Aaron Donald, there’s a lot for the ACC to chirp about.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the ACC schools – these are the best draft picks.

Players who had great careers for teams other than the ones that drafted them don’t get enough credit, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTsOGs & Cs | DEs & Edge | DTs
LBs | Ss | CBs | 50 Greatest Value Draft Picks Ever
NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings

College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: ACC Spring Version 2022

ACC spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

ACC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s going to be one of the craziest offseasons yet with the transfer portal, a whole lot of big transitions, and several key teams needing to do a whole lot of work.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each ACC team.

Don’t get into any sort of a twist with these ACC rankings – you could take about ten of the teams, mix them up in any order, and you’ll probably be right.

Seriously, if you want to swap 11 and 12 on this with, say, 4 and 5, go for it – that’s how even this league should be. If you thought last year was weird in the conference, just wait.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Final Four

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Final Four NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Final Four games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Final Four Expert Picks
Duke vs North Carolina | Expert Picks So Far  

NCAA Tournament Final Four
Kansas vs Villanova

Line: Kansas -4.5, o/u: 132.5

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Villanova
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Kansas
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Kansas
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Kansas
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Kansas
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN: Kansas
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Kansas
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Kansas
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Kansas
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Villanova
CONSENSUS PICK: Kansas

NEXT: Duke vs North Carolina Expert Picks, Predictions

Duke vs North Carolina Prediction, Game Preview: NCAA Tournament Final Four

Duke vs North Carolina prediction, NCAA Tournament Final Four game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday

Duke vs North Carolina prediction: NCAA Tournament Final Four pick and college basketball game preview.


Duke vs North Carolina Game Preview, How To Watch

Date: Saturday, April 2
Game Time: 8:49 pm
Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: TBS
Records: Duke (2 seed, 32-6)
North Carolina (8 seed, 28-9)

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

NCAA Tournament Expert Picks, Predictions: Elite 8

The CFN expert picks and predictions for the Elite 8 NCAA Tournament games.

NCAA Tournament predictions, college basketball expert picks for the Elite 8 games


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Expert Picks
Houston vs Villanova | Duke vs Houston
COMING LATE SATURDAY …
Kansas vs Miami | UNC vs Saint Peter’s
Expert Picks So Far | Tournament Schedule 

NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Houston vs Villanova

Line: Houston -2.5, o/u: 128

Eric Bolin, RazorbacksWire.com: Villanova
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Houston
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Houston
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: Villanova
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: Houston
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Houston
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: Houston
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Villanova
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Houston
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: Villanova
CONSENSUS PICK: Houston

NEXT: Villanova vs Michigan Expert Picks, Predictions

NCAA Tournament Schedule, Predictions, Previews: Elite 8

College basketball schedule, predictions, previews, and how to watch all NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 schedule, predictions, and game previews with all of the game times, lines, and how to watch


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Results So Far Straight Up: 294-125
Against The Spread: 221-188-10; Point Total: 222-194-3
Click on each game for the game preview

NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Expert Picks
Houston vs Villanova | Duke vs Houston
COMING LATE SATURDAY …
Kansas vs Miami | UNC vs Saint Peter’s
Expert Picks So Far | Tournament Schedule