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Belk Bowl Primer: Cincinnati vs Duke

Who: Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3) vs Duke Blue Devils (6-6)

Where: Charlotte

When: Thursday, December 27th, 6:30 PM EST


Line: Cincy by 9.5


Ross: Duke! In a bowl game!  That alone is pretty remarkable, given how terrible Duke's been — their last bowl game was the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. It could have been even more remarkable — at one point Duke was 6-2 this year. Then the bottom fell out and they lost their last four games in embarrassing fashion. They gave up 40+ in each loss and lost by a combined 102 points. So, no, they didn't exactly end the season on a high note. Cincinnati, meanwhile, ended the season in a 4-way tie for the Big East championship and won four of their final five games. In terms of common opponents, Cincinnati and Duke each played Virginia Tech; Cincinnati won, 27-24, while Duke lost, 41-20. Cincinnati lost their coach (Butch Jones went to Tennessee) and has had to deal with the tumult created by the hire of Tommy Tuberville and Duke will no doubt be more excited to be in this game… but I just can't see an upset here. Duke just isn't very good and Cincinnati's defense (17.2 ppg, 12th in the nation) will slow down the Duke offense enough for QB Munchie Legeaux to do his damage on the other side of the ball.

Kevin: Bowl games are strange and I'm feeling strange about this one. ne paper, this one is a no brainer. Take the Bearcats. But as Ross mentioned, Cincy has had some coaching issues and Duke is going to be really hyped to be in this game. I'm also a big David Cutcliffe fan. Duke goes smoke and mirrors in this one and comes out on top.
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