On Wednesday afternoon, the ACC released the football schedules for every team in the conference for the 2014 season.
Duke, the winners of the Coastal Division, play 12 games next season, seven of which will be played at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham. Their final three games, all within the conference, will be played at home. They play a total of four ACC home games.
The Blue Devils will play four out-of-conference games, beginning with their season opener at home against Elon on Saturday, August 30th. Their first road game will be at Troy the following Saturday (September 6th).
Duke’s first ACC game comes on Saturday, September 27th at Miami. They do not play their first conference home game until they welcome Virginia to Durham on Saturday, October 18th.
They play just one non-Saturday game and that comes in their next to last game. The Blue Devils host rival North Carolina on Thursday, November 20th at 7:45pm ET on ESPN. Their final game of the season is against their other in-state rival, Wake Forest, on Saturday, November 29th.
Duke has two Saturday’s off: October 4th and 25th.
What games have you circled on the calendar?
Besides the obvious UNC game, I am looking at four games that intrigue me. Two of them are redemption games from this past season: Georgia Tech and Pitt. These were Duke’s only two conference losses until the ACC Championship loss to eventual National Champion Florida State. Both of these games will be played on the road, so they will be important wins to get.
Another game is Miami, which is part of Duke’s back-to-back road games (GT is the following Saturday). The Blue Devils beat the Hurricanes at Duke this past season and will look to take down the probably ranked team again in hostile territory.
The final game is Virginia Tech, who Duke beat in Blacksburg this past season. The Hokies will be looking for their own redemption and the Blue Devils just need to take care of business at home.
It’s only January and there is snow on the ground, but it is nice to start to look forward to football at Duke. Who would have thought that just two years ago?
*For all of the ACC football schedules, click HERE.