2010 Football Schedule Is Out

DURHAM, N.C. – Seven home dates including a visit to Wallace Wade Stadium by reigning national champion Alabama highlight Duke's 2010 football schedule released on Thursday afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke's 12 opponents combined for a 94-60 (.610) record last season with eight schools (Alabama [14], Boston College [8], Elon [9], Georgia Tech [11], Miami [9], North Carolina [8], Navy [10] and Virginia Tech [10]) posting eight or more victories. Based on opponents' combined winning percentage, Duke will face the ACC's third-most difficult schedule in 2010, trailing only North Carolina (97-60; .618) and Virginia Tech (95-59; .617) and ahead of Miami (92-61; .601), N.C. State (91-64; .587), Georgia Tech (87-64; .576), Florida State (86-66; .566), Virginia (82-73; .529), Maryland (79-72; .523), Wake Forest (77-76; .503), Clemson (72-79; .477) and Boston College (68-80; .460).

The Blue Devils are joined by Miami as the only two ACC schools that will face ledgers including four opponents that reached double figures in the win column in 2009.

Seven of Duke's foes participated in bowl games with three winners (Alabama, 37-21 over Texas in the BCS National Championship game; Virginia Tech, 37-14 over Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl; and Navy, 35-13 over Missouri in the Texas Bowl) while Elon earned a berth in the 2009 FCS playoffs. Other opponents to play in bowl games last year include Boston College (lost 24-13 to Southern California in the Emerald Bowl), Georgia Tech (lost 24-14 to Iowa in the Orange Bowl), Miami (lost 20-14 to Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl) and North Carolina (lost 19-17 to Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl).

The Blue Devils kick off the 2010 season at home against Elon on September 4 before opening ACC action one week later on the road versus Wake Forest (September 11).

In week three (September 18), Alabama will visit Durham as Duke head coach David Cutcliffe faces his alma mater. The Blue Devils are 4-7 all-time against teams that captured the national championship the previous season and hold a 2-1 home ledger in such games with wins over 1937 champion Pittsburgh (7-0 on November 26, 1938) and 1951 champion Tennessee (7-0 on October 4, 1952) and a loss to 1990 champion Georgia Tech (17-6 on November 2, 1991).

Duke will host Army on September 25 prior to a road game at Maryland on October 2. Following an open date the week of October 9, the Blue Devils entertain Miami on October 16 before facing road games in consecutive weeks against Virginia Tech (October 23) and Navy (October 30).

The first two weeks of November feature home tilts against Virginia (November 6) and Boston College (November 13). Duke's last road trip of the season is a venture to meet 2009 ACC Champion Georgia Tech in Atlanta on November 20, and the regular season concludes on November 27 when rival North Carolina travels to Durham.

Season tickets may be purchased online at GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office toll free at 1-877-375-3853. The Duke Athletic Ticket Office is located in Cameron Indoor Stadium and open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Duke returns 40 lettermen and 18 starters from last year's squad that went 5-7, marking the program's highest win total since 1994.

2010 Duke Football Schedule September
4 – ELON
11 – at Wake Forest
18 – ALABAMA
25 – ARMY

October
2 – at Maryland
9 – Open
16 – MIAMI
23 – at Virginia Tech
30 – at Navy

November
6 – VIRGINIA
13 – BOSTON COLLEGE
20 – at Georgia Tech
27 – NORTH CAROLINA

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