Head football coach Mike Shula is getting his Crimson Tide ready to host the Blue Devils this Saturday in Alabama.

Duke is misleading. You look at the stats defensively and they are pretty good on defense. They have had a lot of short fields after turnovers, punt returns or blocked punts where teams have had a chance to get on the board early. They have done a good job against the run with a lot of zone blitzes. We need to somehow find a way to win and get better.

The key to the game, of course, will be Duke’s ability to score on Alabama’s stout defense. The Blue Devils’ biggest advantage could be that they’re “Duke.” If Alabama doesn’t come out to play, as SEC teams are wont to do against inferior competition, Duke might be able to keep it close long enough to make it interesting, as was the case when the Blue Devils nearly upended Wake Forest in Winston-Salem earlier this season.

Otherwise, Alabama’s home-field advantage and superior talent could make for another disappointing Saturday for Coach Roof’s Blue Devils.

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