It’s been an historic season for Duke’s football program. On New Year’s Eve, the team will look add one more win to their schedule, before 2013 comes to a close.
The No.24 Blue Devils will take on No.21 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The contest comes more than three weeks after Duke finished the regular season at 10-3, though it ended with their worst performance of the year. In the ACC Championship Game, they were beaten by Florida State, 45-7.
Duke defeated both Miami and Virginia Tech when they were ranked, but neither team is in the top 25, anymore. Without a marquee victory, the Blue Devils have one more chance to pick up that big win they’ve been missing in their game against the Aggies.
"What people are seeing right now is that we got beat really bad by Florida State, and maybe they're thinking, 'Well, Duke can hang in with most teams but not with that top tier," linebacker Kelby Brown said. "I think no one would argue that Texas A&M isn't one of those top-tier teams, so it's another chance for us to show that we belong up there."
At the start of the season, Texas A&M was considered a national title contender. However, they ended up at 8-4, dropping all of their games to ranked SEC opponents. Still, they are a very dangerous team with Johnny Manziel at the helm, who could be playing in his final college football game.
The Aggies struggled against top teams because of their defense, allowing an average of 39 points in their losses. Manziel, though, has been an even better passer than he was in is Heisman Trophy winning season. He’s thrown for 3,732 yards, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Manziel has also added eight scores on the ground.
Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone will be playing after losing his first ever game as a starter. Duke has been able to overcome a few bad performances by him, in order to pickup wins. In back-to-back games against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State, Duke won twice, despite Boone throwing seven interceptions and no touchdowns.
Player To Watch: Johnny Manziel
Time: 8:00 p.m. Tuesday
Place: Georgia Dome
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Odds: Texas A&M by 13
Prediction: Texas A&M over Duke, 37-27