Duke fails midterm examination

October 17, 2001 2:22 AM
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Midterm results are in. Duke is still the worst.

The Blue Devils top the Dirty Dozen poll for the sixth straight week. It’s not so much that Duke ranks No. 1 by being winless, but that Wake Forest was a 8½-point road favorite for the first time since the Civil War.

Ah, but the Blue Devils covered and there is a new force from the West ready to claim the top spot.

California jumped into the No. 2 slot, boasting the nation’s only 0-5 record both straight up and against the spread. If the Bears finish 0-11 SU and ATS they will be named No. 1 under the “worst case scenario” amendment.

Louisiana-Lafayette climbed into the No. 3 hole with equally unimpressive credentials. However, playing in the Sun Belt offers La-La little national exposure and thus hurts its chances of overtaking Duke and Cal in the poll, should trends continue.

Penn State maintained its No. 4 ranking, with the off week denying Joe Pa the opportunity to pass Bear Bryant on the all-time victory list for the 300th straight game.

San Jose State led a group of five new teams into the Dozen.

Our Game of the Weak is Navy against Rutgers. Show your patriotism and pull for the Midshipmen in New Jersey.

GT DIRTY DOZEN

  

W-L  

ATS

1 Duke  

0-6  

2-4

2 California  

0-5  

0-5

3 UL-Lafayette  

0-5  

0-5

4 Penn St  

0-4  

1-3

5 Navy  

0-4  

2-2

6 Rutgers  

1-5  

2-4

7 Kentucky  

1-5  

1-5

8 S.Jose St (new)  

1-4  

2-3

9 E. Mich (new)  

1-5  

0-4

10 Tulsa  (new)  

1-4  

0-4

11 Indiana (new)  

1-4  

1-4

12 Pitt (new)  

1-4  

2-3

Dozen record:
6-56 SU, 12-47 ATS

Also receiving votes: Miss St. (1-4, 2-3), Vandy (1-4, 2-2), Minnesota (1-4, 1-3). Dropped out: N. Texas, SMU, UL-Monroe, Tulane, Ark St.