Sep 22, 2012; Durham, NC, USA; Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe leads the team onto the field before their game against the Memphis Tigers at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

GAME DAY: Duke vs NC Central

***Follow all the action for today’s game on ESPN3 at 4:00. Or follow @Ball_Durham on twitter for live updates***

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

That message is scrawled across the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno and may as well be a message to all college football fans, but with a less depressing meaning.  The time for hoping and wishing and prognosticating is done.  The season is upon us and we are just hours from championship dreams being dashed, quarterback controversies being settled, hot seats warming up, and new coaches making their introductions.  There is no more time for hope, only answers.

That is the glorious notion of college football: each week presents new answers, new questions; new heroes, new foes; more optimism and more pessimism.

Duke is entering a season with many questions like how will the new offense work, will the defense improve, will the easy schedule be enough to get back to a bowl game, is Anthony Boone the right leader for Duke football,  which freshmen will step up and make plays or relegate themselves to the bench.

Some will be answered today, some will not.  However, there is much to be observed even from what is likely to be a Duke blowout (Vegas favors Duke by 33).   Here are a few links to get you started on the first game day of college football season.

- BJ Weeks previews the contest, here at Ball Durham.

- A look at the depth chart for today.

5 players to watch

- 5 bold predictions for the Duke season

Why first impressions are so important for David Cutcliffe.

What being a captain means to the Duke leaders.

I’m getting ready to pack up the car and head out to tailgate with Ball Durham friends and family.  Be sure to follow me on twitter @Ball_Durham as I’ll be live tweeting the day and festivities from Wallace Wade Stadium.  There may even be a beer or two in it for you.

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