In Quick Lane Bowl, Duke shows why it can be an ACC Coastal sleeper

Quarterback Daniel Jones (more on him later) and the Duke offense rolled up 465 yards — its second-highest total since Sept. 9 — including 213 yards on the ground. The defense, aside from allowing a 25-yard touchdown run and a season-high 67-yard TD pass, impressed in shutting the Huskies out in the second half.

David Cutcliffe will have a loaded roster that returns his QB, the top three pass-catchers on the season in wideouts T.J. Rahming, Jonathan Lloyd and Chris Taylor and running back Brittain Brown. The line will be down three starters, but this will be a veteran offense behind a soon-to-be redshirt junior passer.

Meanwhile, the Joe Giles-Harris-led defense — which allowed a total of six second-half point in the last three games and limited Northern Illinois’ 39th-ranked rushing attack to a season-low 65 yards — will bring back eight starters.

Duke will have to face Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Pitt on the road, but bowl-bound Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all in Durham, along with rival North Carolina.

Of course, a second division crown under Cutcliffe is going to hinge on the consistency of our next subject.

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