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As Duke And The ACC Prep For Football, Questions Linger

Is this going to work?

Miami v Duke
 DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 30: Casey Holman #78 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke defeated Miami 27-17.
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As questions about the 2020 college football season continue, and as several conferences have either canceled or postponed football, the ACC plans haven't changed: 10 conference games, no divisions, and one non-conference game.

Pulling this off in a pandemic won’t be easy and the season could still be terminated or postponed.

Still, Duke’s David Cutcliffe is pleased that it’s on for now and says his team has been working hard and taking a lot of responsibility in a very strange time.

“I’m very proud of our players. A very difficult circumstance across the country is going to be when students come back on campus, you’re not going to live as you once had. College students are college students, they’re very social, but it’s 2020 and contact tracing in a football game could be a nightmare—everybody obviously has to be aware of that...I think the focus is on mitigation and the bubble so to speak...I believe we can play 11 games and we’re going to get it done. I feel really [good] about that, but I can’t speak for anyone else because I don’t see what the day-to-day operation is. We’ve been testing twice a week and our guys have done a great job. It’s just been really, really fun to be with them.”

Obviously we’re in strange waters. No one really knows what is going to happen even if the status quo stays the same (and let’s hope it changes for the better).

We hope it all works. Everything else is crazy right now. A bit of football would be a relief.