Wednesday, September 15, 2010

High Octane: ‘Bama Preps for Duke Offense

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) will take the show on the road this weekend as they travel to Durham, NC to tangle with the Duke Blue Devils (1-1) of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Sean Renfree #19 of the Duke Blue Devils looks to pass the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
When it comes to “high octane,” the Duke offense has more than enough under the hood.

The Blue Devils are led by quarterback Sean Renfree and a cast of runners and gunners!

Renfree, the generator of the Duke offense, has thrown for 708 yards and six touchdowns over the course of the first two games.

In the loss to Wake Forest last Saturday
(54-48), Renfree threw for 358 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Duke offense amassed 487 yards of total offense against the Demon Deacons thanks in large part to Renfree and his supporting cast.

Wide receivers Conner Vernon, Austin Kelly and Donovan Varner are the main targets of Sean Renfree. The trio have produced impressive numbers in the Duke passing game.

Conner Vernon was on the receiving end of eight Renfree passes against Wake Forest for a total of 181 yards and two touchdowns.

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Austin Kelly caught 10 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Demon Deacons while Donovan Varner had six grabs for 51 yards.

The Duke passing game is very effective, but the Blue Devils can also produce on the ground.

Running back Desmond Scott is a quality player and certainly one of the most underrated backs in the ACC.

Scott rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown at Wake Forest and certainly provides a different element to counter the Duke aerial attack.

Based on offensive numbers and notable playmakers, the Duke football team appears to be a “world-beater”…so what is the downside?

Duke…has no defense.

For as much as the Blue Devils produce on the offensive side of the ball, the defense is the antithesis in terms of production.

In the loss to Wake Forest, the Duke offense produced 48 points, but the defense allowed 54.

Duke exploded for 487 total yards against the Demon Deacons…but they allowed 500.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Greg McElroy  of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Wake Forest amassed 271 yards through the air and 229 yards on the ground against the deplorable Duke defense.

After the first two games of the 2010 season (Elon and Wake Forest) the Duke offense is averaging 44.5 points per contest. However, the defense allows a total of 40.5 points per game.

The Blue Devils may put a couple of touchdowns on the board against the sturdy Crimson Tide defense…but they may give up 70 points in the process.

Not even the great "Coach K" will be able to save Duke come Saturday afternoon.

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