2023 Duke Football: Schedule, Odds, Preview
The ACC eliminated divisions for 2023 so Duke football will no longer face six Coastal opponents and two cross-division teams per year, but rather play in-state foes UNC, NC State and Wake Forest in annual protected games with the other five conference games on the schedule rotating yearly. The Blue Devils’ rotation for this season includes matchups with Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia and Pittsburgh.
- vs. Clemson – Monday, September 4th at 8 p.m. EST
- vs. Lafayette - Saturday, September 9th at 6 PM
- vs. Northwestern - Saturday, September 16th at 3:30 PM
- at Connecticut - Saturday, September 23rd at 3:30 PM
- vs. Notre Dame - Saturday, September 30th
- vs. NC State - Saturday, October 14th
- at Florida State - Saturday, October 21st
- at Louisville - Saturday, October 28th
- vs. Wake Forest – Thursday, November 2nd
- at North Carolina - Saturday, November 11th
- at Virginia - Saturday, November 18th
- vs. Pittsburgh - Saturday, November 25th
2023 Duke Football Season Outlook
Coming off its best season in 8 years and returning an ACC high 17 starters (nine on offense, eight on defense), Duke is looking to build upon last year’s success. Junior Riley Leonard will start at quarterback again after posting over 3500 yards of total offense and 33 total touchdowns in 2022.
While he will have most of his weapons back, Leonard and the Blue Devils must contend with a difficult conference schedule that will see them take on six of the projected top seven teams in the ACC. Duke sits at +4000 to win the ACC per DraftKings, eighth of fourteen teams in the league.
Week 1 Preview/Odds
Duke’s schedule starts off with a bang as the Blue Devils welcome the reigning ACC Champion Clemson Tigers to Wallace Wade Stadium for a Labor Day evening contest. With 15 returning starters, Clemson is once again favored to win the conference and is hoping to make it back to the College Football Playoff after a three-year absence. The Tigers are currently 12-point road favorites in the season opener according to DraftKings, while the game’s over/under is 57.
2022 Duke Football Season Recap
The beginning of the Mike Elko era was a resounding success in Durham as Duke finished 9-4 in his first season at the helm last year, the Blue Devils’ best record since 2014. The former Texas A&M defensive coordinator immediately helped turn around Duke’s defense as the Blue Devils allowed 17.7 fewer points per game in 2022 than they did in 2021. Under Elko’s watch, Duke returned to a bowl game for the first time since 2018, defeating UCF in the Military Bowl 30-13.
2023-2024 Duke Basketball: Schedule, Odds, Preview
For those looking forward to Duke basketball, the Blue Devils just released their non-conference schedule on Tuesday, July 18. While Duke has chosen to forego participating in a big-time early season tournament, instead opting to host their own multi-team event, the Blue Devil Challenge, with Bucknell, La Salle and Southern Indiana, the team will still take on Arizona, Michigan State, Arkansas and Baylor in marquee out of conference matchups. Dates for Duke’s ACC games have yet to be determined, but the league has already announced home and away pairings for the 2023-24 season.
- Countdown to Craziness – Friday, October 20th at 7 PM
- Vs. UNC Pembroke (exhibition) - Wednesday, November 1st at 7 PM
- Non-conference schedule:
- Vs. Dartmouth – Monday, November 6th
- Vs. Arizona - Friday, November 10th
- Vs. Michigan State (in Chicago) - Tuesday, November 14th
- Vs. Bucknell - Friday, November 17th
- Vs. La Salle - Tuesday, November 21st
- Vs. Southern Indiana - Friday, November 24th
- At Arkansas - Wednesday, November 29th at 9:15 PM
- Vs. Charlotte - Saturday, December 9th
- Vs. Hofstra - Tuesday, December 12th
- Vs. Baylor (in New York City) - Wednesday, December 20th
- Vs. Queens - Saturday, December 30th
- Home opponents: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Virginia, Clemson, Boston College, Syracuse
- Away opponents: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, NC State, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech
2023-2024 Duke Basketball Season Outlook
Unless something changes, Duke basketball will enter the season as the betting favorite to cut down the nets in Glendale, Arizona in April. DraftKings currently lists the Blue Devils at +1100 to win the national championship, just ahead of programs like Purdue, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Connecticut.
Duke returns its four leading scorers, including a rare trio of former 5-star recruits who decided to stick around for their sophomore seasons in Kyle Filipowski, Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell, giving the Blue Devils an exciting combination of talent and experience. Additionally, Duke brings in the number two high school class in the country per the 247Sports Composite, one that features four top 20 commits.
2022-2024 Duke Basketball Season Recap
Although there were a few bumps in the road along the way, Jon Scheyer’s first season replacing Mike Krzyzewski ultimately went about as expected. Picked to finish 7th in the preseason AP Poll, the Blue Devils went 27-9 and finished 12th in the final poll, earning a five seed in the NCAA tournament after tying for third place in the ACC regular season standings but winning the conference tournament. Duke’s best basketball came at the end of the year, where they won ten straight games before falling to fourth seeded Tennessee 65-52 in the second round of the NCAAs.
Duke vs. UNC Rivalry
First contested in 1888 and held annually since 1922, the football edition of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry has occurred 109 times, with UNC currently on a four game winning streak to extend its series lead to either 65-40-4 or 64-41-4 depending on which school you ask. The more notable basketball rivalry began in 1920 and has featured 260 meetings, 143 of which were won by Carolina, although Duke swept the two matchups last season.
For the latest updates on Tar Heels betting odds, be sure to visit our UNC odds page.
Duke vs. UNC Football Preview
Duke will travel to Chapel Hill on Saturday, November 11th to face its archrival. North Carolina returns 14 starters from a team that finished last season one spot ahead of Duke in the conference standings, winning the now defunct Coastal division. Led by reigning ACC Player of the Year and potential top 5 NFL Draft pick quarterback Drake Maye, the Tar Heels boast a potent aerial attack that was one of 13 in the FBS to exceed an average of 300 passing yards per game in 2022.
Duke vs. UNC Basketball Preview
While dates are not yet set, Duke and North Carolina’s basketball matchups are usually played in early/mid-February and on the last Saturday of the college basketball regular season in early March. UNC owns the second-best national championship odds of any team in the ACC but sits outside the top ten nationally in implied positioning at +2200 according to DraftKings. Mainstays RJ Davis and Armando Bacot will be back in Carolina blue this year, but the rest of the Tar Heels’ roster features a revamped look that will include at least seven new scholarship players.
Duke Odds FAQs
You can bet on Duke basketball at retail sportsbooks in North Carolina, or in other states where sports betting is legal.
Just like Duke basketball, you can bet on Duke football at retail sportsbooks in North Carolina, or in other states where sports betting is legal.
Yes, sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but only retail sports betting is live right now with online betting expected to be up and running in the Tar Heel state as early as January 2024.
Josh Markowitz is a freelance writer for BetCarolina.com. He is a lifelong sports fan with an emphasis on college basketball, football, baseball and the scouting/evaluation process. A graduate of Elon University's School of Communications, Josh also has experience in television production.