Duke football schedule officially released for 2021 season

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The Duke football schedule has been released for the 2021 season.

After two miserable seasons in Durham, the Duke football team turns its attention to the 2021 season after the latest announcement from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Blue Devils missed the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since the 2010 and 2011 seasons after posting a 5-7 campaign in 2019 and 2-9 in 2020.

Duke will no longer have the services of Clemson transfer quarterback Chase Brice, who has left the Blue Devils for Appalachian State after one season in Durham, which was filled with more negatives than positives.

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The two victories in 2020 were the fewest the program has produced since the 2007 season when the Blue Devils went 1-11 in the final season under head coach Ted Roof.

However, Duke will be looking to avoid its third straight missed bowl season in 2021, which also occurred in the first three seasons with David Cutcliffe at the helm of the program.

The Blue Devils will begin their season with four straight non-conference games, beginning on the road against the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, September 4.

Duke will then return home to Wallace Wade Stadium for three games against North Carolina A&T, Northwestern, and Kansas.

Northwestern participated in the Big Ten Championship before falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the eventual runner-up in the National Championship.

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Duke’s first ACC game will be the Battle for the Victory Bell against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, October 2 in Chapel Hill.

The Blue Devils then return home to face Georgia Tech before traveling to Virginia to battle the Cavaliers, who have recently had their way with Duke.

Cutcliffe and his team will then have a bye week on Saturday, October 23 before returning to action on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Duke will play three of its final four regular season games at home with its lone road game in Lane Stadium against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, November 13.

The Blue Devils will host Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Miami (FL) in its final three home games as the ACC Championship is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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