Duke football schedule finally announced, opening season at Notre Dame

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke football schedule has finally been released and the ACC did the Blue Devils no favors starting with the first week of the season.

At long last, there is an ACC football schedule that has been released and things won’t start off easy for the Blue Devils as compared to their previous schedule.

The conference announced each 11-game schedule for its members on Thursday morning and Duke is off to South Bend, Indiana to get things started in 2020.

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While the ACC opponents for each team were announced last week, the conference made it known that each team would be allowed to play one non-conference team from inside its home state and David Cutcliffe opted to play the Charlotte 49ers, who were scheduled to come to Wallace Wade Stadium in the original version of the 2020 slate.

Duke’s 2020 football schedule is as follows:

September 12 – at. Notre Dame

September 19 – vs. Boston College

September 26 – BYE

October 3 – vs. Virginia Tech

October 10 – at. Syracuse

October 17 – at. North Carolina State

October 24 – BYE

October 31 – vs. Charlotte

November 7 – vs. North Carolina

November 14 – at. Virginia

November 21 – vs. Wake Forest

November 28 – at. Georgia Tech

December 5 – vs. Florida State

Neither times nor television networks have been announced as of yet but an interesting note in the schedule is two bye weeks within very close proximity of each other as compared to potentially two off weeks spread out throughout the schedule.

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The ACC teams that Duke will not play this regular season are Clemson, Louisville, and Pittsburgh although the Blue Devils could potentially see the former two in a potential ACC Championship Game which would be held either December 12 or December 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With Clemson transfer quarterback Chase Brice set to become the starter for Duke, the Blue Devils are looking to get back to the postseason after a disappointing 5-7 campaign in 2019.

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Duke has participated in a bowl game in six of the last eight years as David Cutcliffe has one of the more underrated teams in the ACC this upcoming season.