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Duke football coach David Cutcliffe favors playing only conference games in 2020

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Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said he remains “very optimistic” there will be college football this season, but he doubts it will look much like a normal season because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “It’s going to be disrupted,” Cutcliffe said on a Zoom call Friday. “I don’t know if we’ll get 12 games in or start on Sept. 5. … I don’t think there’s any way we’re going to play without teams, at some point during the year, not being able to play. If you lose an entire offensive line to contact tracing, you can’t play a game with that contingency.” Duke football players return to campus this weekend, and Cutcliffe said the school is working on finding ways to allow them to remain largely quarantined, but he expressed doubt that any foolproof solution was possible and worried whether other programs would commit to the same levels of virus mitigation as the Blue Devils. For that reason, Cutcliffe said, he’s in favor of the ACC following the path of the Big Ten