2023 Duke Football Bowl Projections

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The Duke Blue Devils’ football team got a win and a loss in the same weekend, securing the program’s seventh victory of the year against Pitt, then losing their head coach to Texas A&M the following day.

The Blue Devils’ 30-19 victory over the Panthers moved them to 7-5 for the year and 4-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, setting the stage for another bowl game in Durham after a three-year hiatus for the school. There won’t be any NC sports betting apps until early next year, but national sportsbooks will have odds after Duke’s bowl game in announced Sunday.

That good fortune couldn’t sugarcoat the loss of second-year head coach Mike Elko to College Station, however, as the school’s leader chose to leave Duke for his former employer on Sunday. Elko heads to Texas A&M after going 17-9 with the Blue Devils, rejoining the program that he served as the defensive coordinator between 2018 and 2021.

Duke is on the lookout for the program’s third head coach since David Cutcliffe parted ways with the school in 2021. Here is a look at the possible candidates to be the next Duke football coach.

While we won’t know the school’s bowl game destination for sure until Sunday’s pairings are announced, BetCarolina.com – your source for North Carolina sports betting - went ahead and broke down the odds on where the Blue Devils will end up this bowl season. 

Hypothetical Odds of Duke's 2023 Bowl Game

BetCarolina.com – your source for North Carolina sportsbook promos - broke down the latest bowl game odds for the Blue Devils.

BowlLocationConference OpponentOdds% Chance
Duke’s Mayo BowlCharlotte, NCSEC+10050%
Sun BowlEl Paso, TXPac-12+23330%
Quick Lane BowlDetroitBig 10/MAC+90010%

Could a Local Bowl Come Calling?

The leader in the chase to land Duke this bowl season appears to be Charlotte’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl, which pits teams from the ACC and SEC against each other in Bank of America Stadium each December.  This year’s iteration of the game has +100 odds of hosting Duke for the first time since 2012 Belk Bowl, beating out other ACC bowl game stalwarts, such as the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso (+233) and Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl (+900). You can get more Duke football and basketball odds on this site.

Whichever bowl game Duke plays in, it will join a list that includes the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Shreveport’s Independence Bowl and the Quick Lane Bowl among recent Blue Devils postseason destinations.  


Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetCarolina.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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