The Atlantic Coast Conference recently released the game times and TV details for Duke Football’s first four home games for the upcoming college football season.
The Blue Devils’ schedule has been officially set for the 2017 college football season, with Duke facing one of the most difficult slate of games in the country this year. As the team prepares for the upcoming season, more scheduling news and updates recently announced by the ACC and Duke Athletics.
The league released the official start times and TV schedule for the early games for conference member teams. Four of the Blue Devils’ first five matchups were announced for the upcoming season. Duke Football will start the season with the Bull City Gridiron Classic, hosting Durham-based North Carolina Central University. The game will be Saturday, September 2nd and kick off at 6:00 p.m. The Blue Devils will then host two consecutive non-conference games with early start times playing Northwestern on September 9th for a noon kickoff and Baylor on September 16th at 12:30.
The team will head to UNC for a rare early contest between the Tobacco Road rivals, but details were not announced for that game in the ACC release. However, the Blue Devils will have a short week to prepare for the Miami Hurricanes in the conference home opener, which will kick off Friday September 29th at 7:00 p.m.
The Blue Devils will compete in two early nationally televised home games. They will take on Big Ten foe Northwestern on ESPNU. Then, Duke will host Miami for a Friday night primetime matchup on ESPN. The last time the Hurricanes visited Durham, the two programs had a highly competitive and controversial match that was one of the best games of the 2015 season. And although the details weren’t officially announced, the Duke-UNC football rivalry game will also most likely be on a major sports network after appearing on ESPN last season. Nationally televised games are great for the program, and help Duke Football gain more exposure and improve recruiting.
The ACC also announced the details for the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The conference’s title game will return to North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on December 2nd. It will be a tough task for the Blue Devils to return to the ACC Championship Game after struggling last season, but look for Duke Football to get back on track and return to the postseason this year.