The Blue Devils looked like they were on the path to a big game in the bowl season, but Duke lost four of their final five games to finish the season 7-5. Duke now gets the Indiana Hoosiers in the Pinstripe Bowl, which could be bad news as the Blue Devils are 2-12 SU in their last 14 against the Big Ten.
Through their first seven games of the season the Blue Devils were allowing a mere 14.1 points per game, but the defense fell apart and allowed 38 in their final five games of the season. Quarterback Thomas Sirk has been the key to Duke’s offense as he has contributed 21 touchdowns this season.
Indiana may be 6-6, but their record could have looked more impressive. The Hoosiers had a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season that saw them lose by one score or less against Ohio State, Rutgers, Iowa and Michigan. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has been a stud has he has thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the past three games.