On Saturday Duke will find itself in a tough position as it enters the ACC Championship Game as a four touchdown underdog to No. 1 Florida State, but it will go into that game knowing it has the Walter Camp Coach of the Year on its sideline.
That's right, it was announced on Thursday that Cutcliffe had won the award that is voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 125 schools on the FBS level. And it has to be a good feeling to be named the Coach of the Year by your peers.
And Cutcliffe certainly deserves the recognition. As we said at the beginning of the post, Duke is playing in the ACC Championship Game this weekend, and this is a blog about college football remember. Duke hasn't won the ACC since 1989, and even then it was only a co-champion. In other words, this doesn't happen very often, so when Duke finishes the regular season with a 10-2 record and a chance to go to a BCS bowl, people take notice.
Cutcliff is the first Duke coach to ever win the award, and the first ACC coach to win it since Maryland's Ralph Friedgen in 2001. Last year's winner was Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.