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Duke football proving it's not a one-hit wonder

Duke football proving it's not a one-hit wonder

The metrics screamed Duke. Forget Miami and Virginia Tech's pedigree, Georgia Tech's consistency and North Carolina's potential. The Blue Devils returned the ACC Coastal Division's best football team in 2014 and should have been preseason favorites. Duke won the Coastal in 2013, finished 10-4, was the division's lone top-25 squad and welcomed back four first-team all-conference players among 16 returning starters. Give any other Coastal program that resume and it's a consensus choice to repeat and remain in the national polls. But wedded to a past in which the Devils were perennial patsies, the media, resident soothsayer included, looked elsewhere. Duke...