Can Mike Elko bring Duke back into a bowl game…this year?

Having missed the postseason season for the past three years, many people expected Mike Elko and his staff to be on a long-term rebuilding project with Duke Football. But in two games until his tenure, his team did everything they needed to and then some to catch the eye.

A big win over Temple in the first week followed by a tough (10.5-point unfiltered) win over Northwestern, the Blue Devils got 2-0 as they go home to face North Carolina A&T next weekend. The cultural change from a losing atmosphere under the previous regime was rapid, with off-season strength and conditioning reshaping the mentality and physicality of a team that had lost eighteen games in the previous two seasons and won just five.

ESPN’s FPI has readjusted forecasts for the outcome of the 2022 season to predict that the Blue Devils have an 81% chance of winning at least six games and returning to bowling. David Hale, ESPN writer covering the ACC, notes that other conference programs have Divergent forecasts in advanced statistical formula For pot eligibility.

Bowl predictions written by various authors across the country began seeing Duke in the bowl of just such algorithms. Brad Crawford wrote yesterday He expects the Blue Devils to play in the Fenway Bowl against Memphis while CFN Duke in a Gasparella Bowl against Cal.

There is still a lot of football to be played, and Duke still hasn’t played against an opponent in the conference, as they’ve gone 1-17 over the past two years. But the team has been great so far in two weeks of work.

with twelve Bonus bowl game Included in the league alongside College Football Playoffs, there is a high chance for the Blue Devils to find their way to the Bowl game. Below is the current list.

Wasabi Fenway Bowl ACC vs. AAC Saturday, December 17, 2022 11 am ESPN
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl to be announced later on Friday, December 23, 2022 to be announced later on ESPN
Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl to be announced later on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 3:15 pm or 6:45 pm ESPN
Military bowl provided by Beraton ACC vs. AAC Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2 pm ESPN
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl ACC vs. Pac-12 Wednesday, December 28, 2022 8 pm Fox
pencil case ACC vs. Big Ten Thursday, December 29, 2022 2 pm ESPN
Cheese Eat Bowl ACC vs Big 12 Thursday. December 29, 2022 5:30 pm ESPN
Duke May Powell ACC vs. Big Ten Friday December 30 2022 the noon ESPN
Tony Tiger Sun Bowl ACC vs. Pac-12 Friday December 30 2022 2 pm CBS
TaxSlayer Crocodile Bowl ACC vs. SEC Friday December 30 2022 3:30 pm ESPN
Orange bowl from Capital One ACC vs. SEC, Big Ten, or Notre Dame Friday December 30 2022 7:30 or 8 pm ESPN
ReliaQuest bowl * ACC / Big Ten vs SEC Monday, January. 2, 2023 the noon ESPN2
* If an ACC opponent is in a non-Capital One Orange Bowl Big Ten . semi-final match