The Duke football program is in the midst of its second consecutive season of winning at least nine games and is about to make its third straight trip to a bowl game.
By most accounts, what head coach David Cutcliffe has done with the program over the past seven years is nothing short of remarkable.
Duke football has gone from being a punchline to a program that’s respected around the ACC and had a legitimate chance to win its second consecutive Coastal Division title this year.
However, despite all the success of the past three years, the Blue Devils have still yet to win a bowl game under Coach Cutcliffe.
And with some, like Laura Keeley of the News & Observer, raising the question about whether the culture around Duke football has changed to the point where more is now expected by fans – it leads us to wonder – does Duke need to win its bowl game for the 2014 season to be considered a success?
We don’t currently know who the Blue Devils will face in their bowl game, and in looking at some projections from popular websites, the predictions seem to be all over the map. SB Nation predicts Duke facing Utah in the Sun Bowl, CBS Sports has Duke vs. Penn St. in the Pinstripe Bowl, and Mark Schlabach of ESPN has Duke against Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
Regardless of where the Devils end up, they’ll likely face a quality opponent from another Power 5 conference, which would give the program the opportunity to notch a nice win against a solid nonconference team.
Where do you stand on the importance of this game?
Does a second consecutive season of getting to at least nine wins, including a win victory over Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech, mean this season has already been a success regardless of what happens in the bowl game? Or does claiming that elusive postseason victory have to happen for this year’s team?
Vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!