DURHAM, N.C. -- Six total home dates including a Thursday night tilt against rival North Carolina, along with road trips to both Northwestern and Notre Dame, highlight the 2016 Duke football schedule released on Tuesday by the ACC office.
Duke opens the 2016 campaign with the Bull City Gridiron Classic against fellow Durham institution N.C. Central on Saturday, September 3 at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. A week later, the Blue Devils open ACC play by entertaining Wake Forest.
To close out September, the Blue Devils face trips to the Midwest in consecutive weeks by travelling to meet Northwestern (Sept. 17) and Notre Dame (Sept. 24). Duke returns home for a pair of contests versus Virginia (Oct. 1) and Army (Oct. 8) prior to a road game at Louisville on Friday, October 14.
Following the open date, the Blue Devils travel to Atlanta to meet Georgia Tech on October 29 before closing out the home portion of the 2016 slate against Virginia Tech (Nov. 5) and North Carolina (Nov. 10). The regular season concludes with games at Pittsburgh (Nov. 19) and Miami (Nov. 26).
Duke’s 12 opponents combined for a 2015 overall record of 82-69 (.543) while seven of the 11 FBS opponents played in a bowl game a season ago. In addition, N.C. Central – Duke’s lone FCS opponent in 2016 – posted an overall record of 8-3 and captured a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 7-1 league ledger.
Coming off last year’s 8-5 campaign that included a 44-41 overtime victory over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Duke returns 13 starters and 45 lettermen for head coach David Cutcliffe’s ninth squad.
The 12th annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Season tickets will go on sale Wednesday, February 3 and may be purchased by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.
2016 Duke Football Schedule (2015 Record; Bowl game)
3 – ^N.C. CENTRAL (8-3)
10 – #WAKE FOREST (3-9)
17 – at Northwestern (10-3; 45-6 loss to Tennessee in Outback Bowl)
24 – at Notre Dame (10-3; 44-28 loss to Ohio State in BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl)
1 – *VIRGINIA (4-8)
8 – +ARMY (2-10)
14 – at Louisville (8-5; 27-21 win over Texas A&M in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl)
22 – OPEN
29 – at Georgia Tech (3-9)
5 – %VIRGINIA TECH (7-6; 55-52 win over Tulsa in Camping World Independence Bowl)
10 – ~NORTH CAROLINA (11-3; 49-38 loss to Baylor in Russell Athletic Bowl)
19 – at Pittsburgh (8-5; 44-28 loss to Navy in Military Bowl)
26 – at Miami (8-5; 20-14 loss to Washington State in Hyundai Sun Bowl)
^Employee Appreciation Day
#Hall of Fame Day/Scout Day
*Teacher Appreciation Day
+1942 Rose Bowl 75th Anniversary Celebration/Youth Day/Team Day/Cheer Day
%Military Appreciation Day/Family Weekend