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2020 Duke Football Schedule Released

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2020 Duke Football schedule just moments ago.

The Blue Devils open their season on September the 5th against Middle Tennessee State. They will then play Elon the next week before a Thursday night contest against Elon during a three-game homestand.

Duke will also face in-state rivals Wake Forest, N.C. State and North Carolina during a brutal three-game stretch between October 3rd through the 17th.

Virginia will visit Duke on November the 13th for a Friday night game. Yes, that is Friday the 13th.

The Blue Devils will then get a bye week before traveling to play to South Bend, Indiana where they will take on Notre Dame on Halloween. Here is the complete schedule -

2020 DUKE Football Schedule

  • Sept. 5 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
  • Sept. 12 ELON
  • Sept. 17 CHARLOTTE (Thurs.)
  • Sept. 26 at Pitt
  • Oct. 3 WAKE FOREST
  • Oct. 10 at NC State
  • Oct. 17 NORTH CAROLINA
  • Oct. 31 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 13 VIRGINIA (Fri.)
  • Nov. 21 VIRGINIA TECH
  • Nov. 28 at Miami

Duke Football Adds Greg Frey to Staff

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced Tuesday the addition of Greg Frey, who joins the Blue Devil program as an assistant coach and will mentor the offensive line.

Frey, who brings over two decades of coaching experience to Durham, including 12 seasons as an offensive line coach at Power 5 institutions, will take the reins of the Blue Devils' offensive line immediately. Throughout his coaching tenure, he has helped more than 20 student-athletes to NFL careers and mentored 21 all-conference honorees.

"We're thrilled to have Coach Frey join our staff," Cutcliffe said. "It isn't often you have the opportunity to add an individual who, within the landscape of college football, played at the highest level, has coached at the highest level and comes with 20-plus years of experience on the sideline. Coach Frey's coaching and mentoring abilities are inspiring, and he will have an immediate and positive impact on the young men in our program. We look forward to welcoming Greg, his wife Andrea and children into our football family."

Frey comes to Duke after a one-season stint (2019) at Florida as a quality control analyst.

"As you go through life and build your family and your career, who you surround yourself with becomes very important," Frey said. "What attracted me so much to Duke University was the faith, the family and the football, as well as the way Coach Cutcliffe runs his program. As we move forward, we want to be at the forefront of building the culture and championship level play that Duke expects. I'm excited to get started and can't wait to go."

Prior to his time with the Gators, Frey served one season (2018) as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at his alma mater, Florida State, where he was a member of the Seminoles' 1993 national championship team. Under Frey's direction, the Florida State line blocked for an offense that compiled 4,334 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2018.

Prior to returning to Tallahassee, Fla., Frey spent the 2017 season as Michigan's run game coordinator, while also coaching the tackles and tight ends. That season, Frey's group helped the Wolverines rank fourth in the Big Ten in rushing by averaging 177.7 yards per game on the ground with 26 rushing touchdowns. In addition, Michigan ranked third in the conference and 20th in the NCAA in time of possession. Offensive tackle Mason Cole earned second team All-Big Ten honors and established the school record for career starts by an offensive lineman with 51.

Also in 2017, the Michigan tight ends combined to catch 54 passes for 697 yards and five touchdowns. Sean McKeon led the Wolverines in receiving with 31 receptions for 301 yards and hauled in a team-high three touchdowns, while Zach Gentry was second on the team with 303 receiving yards on 17 receptions with two scores. McKeon and Gentry both earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, and six Wolverine tight ends earned spots on the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

From 2011-16, Frey spent six years coaching the offensive line at Indiana. With the Hoosiers, he also served as the run game coordinator for the 2012 and 2013, co-offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 and assistant head coach in 2016. In 2015, Frey was nominated for the prestigious Broyles Award, an honor presented annually to college football's top assistant coach.

While with the Hoosiers, Frey mentored some of the best offensive lines in Indiana gridiron history. Guard Dan Feeney was a two-time All-America selection, earning first team accolades in 2015 and second team honors in 2016 despite missing significant action due to injury. Tackle Jason Spriggs earned first team All-America status as well and became the program's first Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2015. That season, the duo became just the sixth pair of teammates, and first in school history, to be first team All-America picks in the same campaign. Spriggs was chosen in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, and Feeney was a third round selection of the Los Angeles Chargers one season later.

In 2015, Frey's offensive line blocked for one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in NCAA history as Indiana became just the fourth FBS team with one 3,500-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver. In addition, the Hoosiers became the first Big Ten team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the conference in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense.

Frey spent three (2008-09-10) seasons as the offensive line coach at Michigan and helped the Wolverines amass a school-record and Big Ten-leading 6,353 total offensive yards in 2010. Spearheaded by quarterback Denard Robinson's Big Ten single-season record 4,272 yards of total offense, the Wolverines boasted a balanced attack by averaging 250.2 passing yards and 238.5 rushing yards per game.

Also during his first Michigan stretch, Frey mentored All-Big Ten honorees Taylor Lewan, David Molk, Patrick Omameh, Stephen Schilling and Michael Schofield. Lewan was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year choice and was selected 11th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans while Molk won the Rimington Trophy before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers.

In 2007, Frey served as the offensive line coach at West Virginia and helped the Mountaineers to an 11-2 overall record, the Big East championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory. The offensive line, anchored by All-America pick Ryan Stancheck and first team All-Big East choice Greg Isdaner, blocked for an explosive offense led by Big East Offensive Player of the Year Pat White. The Mountaineers rushed for 297.2 yards per game, the third-highest average in the nation, ranked ninth in the country in scoring (39.6 points per game) and averaged 456.2 yards of total offense per game to rank 15th nationally.

Frey spent the first 11 years (1996-06) of his collegiate coaching career as part of the first staff at USF, which began its program in 1997. After spending three seasons as a graduate assistant and serving as the Bulls' defensive line coach in 1999, Frey shifted to the offensive line for his final seven seasons in Tampa. In his time with South Florida, the Bulls were 70-43 and participated in the first two bowl games in program history.

USF's 2005 squad established single-season school records with 2,436 rushing yards and an average of 203.0 yards per game on the ground. In 2001, the Bulls set school single-season records for pass completions (273) and passing yards per game (273.2). 

Under Frey's direction, USF linemen earned six all-conference accolades despite the Bulls only being in a conference for his last four seasons. The group included offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones, who became the first USF player to be drafted when the New England Patriots selected him with first pick in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.

Frey lettered three seasons (1993-94-95) as an offensive lineman at Florida State, helping the Seminoles to a three-year ledger of 32-4-1 with the 1993 national crown, three ACC championships, three bowl wins (18-16 over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1994; 23-17 over Florida in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1995; 31-26 over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1996) and three top-5 finishes in the Associated Press national poll.

A native of Clearwater, Fla., Frey graduated from Florida State in 1996 with degrees in interdisciplinary social science and political science. He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons, Cameron and Drew.

An early look at next season

The Duke Blue Devils football team head into the off season a winner thanks to their 27-17 victory over Miami. After running into various troubling games which led to a five-game losing streak the Blue Devils reached deep to defeat the Hurricanes for the second season in a row.

A closer look shows Duke was close to going to another bowl game. Close losses to Pitt and rival North Carolina will be seen as games that slipped away. But the truth of the matter is that very few people projected this team to go bowling in the pre season.

Many knew this would be a rebuilding year due to having to almost start from scratch with the wideouts. But one of the main things which hinted at a longer year was an injury to quarterback Gunnar Holmgren.

Holmberg, a redshirt freshman, was slated to see a lot of snaps this season and we likely would have seen a two-quarterback system. His injury means Duke will have a green quarterback to start 2020. Look for Holmberg to compete with true freshman Luka Diamont and returnee Chris Katrenick for the Duke starting job.

While there is a lot to unpack before we get a clear picture of 2020 projections, it is worth noting that on paper, Duke returns several key starters and contributors.

The schedule will be plenty challenging next year but there is no Alabama to open the season. The Blue Devils will travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on Halloween. The opener is on September 5th when Middle Tennessee State visits Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke will also host in-state foes Elon and UNCC. In fact, the first three games of the season will all be played on Brooks Field.

Duke will travel to Georgia Tech, Miami and Pitt while taking on N.C. State for the first time in years in Raleigh. The Blue Devils will face ACC foes, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest at home.

In the next several months we will see how Duke closes on recruiting and there is always the transfer portal to keep an eye on. We may see some staff or philosophy changes or things could remain familiar.

I will chime in at a later time on what to expect as changes take place and we get a clearer picture of the depth chart and more.

2020 Schedule

Non Conference

Sept. 5 -- Middle Tennessee

Sept. 12 -Elon

Sept. 19 -Charlotte

Oct. 31 - Notre Dame

ACC Home -

North Carolina

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

ACC Road Games

Georgia Tech

Miami

N.C. State

Pitt

(Complete dates will be announced at a later date)

Don’t Expect Duke to Whip Miami

Duke Football plays its last regular-season game against Miami in Wallace Wade Stadium this Saturday. The Blue Devils can potentially make it to a bowl game with a win due to their APR ranking.

But let's be realistic here. Duke probably doesn't have enough offense to make that happen. It doesn't help that Miami is coming off their most embarrassing loss in a decade but it is hard to ignore that the Hurricanes beat Pitt, Florida State and Louisville all in a row before the upset happened. When you add in the fact that Duke defeated the Hurricanes a year ago, you can see why I think Miami will be looking to finish their season 7-5.

On the other side of the ball, Duke has been reeling. Duke lost the Victory Bell to UNC, was crushed by Virginia, Syracuse and Notre Dame and thumped by Wake Forest last week. The truth some may want to avoid or ignore is that Duke has steadily played worse as the season wears on.

Few remanents of confidence remain after the Blue Devils win over Virginia Tech. In fact, the team seems to be broken in that they cannot seem to create any lasting momentum.

Duke is a 9 point underdog in this game which seems low. There will be few people in the stands due to the Thanksgiving Day weekend and the fact the Hurricanes fans do not travel well.

I have done pretty well in the prediction department this season going 9-2 on game-winner predictions and 9-1-1 against the spread. I expect this will be the last game of the season and the pick is Miami 34 Duke 14 and time for Duke to regroup in the off season.

Duke Seeks Redemption

Before I get into this week's Duke at Wake Forest preview, let me address my last article. Anyone who thought I was hinting at a change at the top of Duke football was sorely mistaken. While Duke has been disappointing on the field of late there are multiple reasons beyond coaching for those ills.

Duke football under David Cutcliffe has earned a pass on having what some see as a down year to date. The man has taken over a program that was at the bottom of the ACC and given Duke fans bowl games.

What Cutcliffe has also done is raise expectations, so when his team stumbles to an embarrassing loss there is some disappointment. And there are questions.

It is fair to question how Duke is doing some things on the field when it begs for reevaluation. And truthfully, nobody expected a lot from this season's team which is young and suffered unexpected personnel losses. In fact, Duke has 16 or so starters back, so there is room for improvement moving forward.

The season is not over for Duke and the seniors which have given effort are leaving the team as winners in their overall career. But what the team and fans would like to see is some program pride after two crushing losses.

In comes Wake Forest. The Deacons have been on an upward swing for a few seasons now and Duke would like a little payback from a devastating loss a year ago.

It will not be easy despite the Deacons losing their top two wideouts. Wake Forest seems to be a hungrier team and they stand 7-3 on the season. If Duke can slow their run game they can compete, but the Blue Devils are a touchdown underdog for a reason.

Some are still talking about bowl contention and Duke is technically still an option. Many have spoken of Duke going to a bowl with just five wins due to their lofty APR which rewards their acumen. But a single win seems a daunting task at this time so maybe it is time to temper expectations.

What I will look for is can Duke make its own breaks. Can a playmaker step up on offense? Can the team generate enough points and yards to give the defense a chance?

I stand 8-2 on straight up game predictions this season and 8-1-1 against the spread. The pick this week is Wake Forest 24 Duke 14

Duke Hits A Low in Blowout Loss

You did not have to worry about getting into a traffic jam when leaving Wallace Wade Stadium this past Saturday. The few people who were actually in the stands in cold and windy weather were gone well before the fourth quarter began and who could blame them?

Duke was a 10 point favorite over a Syracuse team seeking their first win but lost the contest, falling to 4-6 on the season with two games remaining on the schedule. But they lost by a score of 49-6 and my guess is that no team which has been favored by double-digits has been defeated so soundly anywhere in the nation all season long.

What we saw was an epic collapse and the team went off the rails in ways that has everyone asking questions. Now, those questions are nothing new. I do not have to mention what they are, for everyone who follows the team knows and has heard them for a while now.

Those questions came rushing back on social media and from anyone who saw the game yesterday. And if you were able to sit through the entire affair, you have hereby been dubbed the fan of the year.

The Duke offense was a punchless mess. There was a timeout on third and long earlier in the game with the score at 0-0 when Duke elected to run the ball, which led to a missed field goal and that set the tone.

In hindsight, it is easy to say Duke maybe should have thrown the ball, for they would not get many more chances in scoring position. But many did not need hindsight to see this was a drive wasted going for the safe points as the team is suddenly allergic to the endzone.

Maybe, the decision-makers did not realize that Duke was about to be rolled over and abused until games end by a Syracuse team that seemed hungry, better prepared and that wanted to be on the field. The Orange beat Duke more soundly than did Alabama in the opener or Notre Dame a week ago.

The problem here is nobody will mistake Syracuse football with the two aforementioned blue-blood programs. They were winless and let up 70 plus points to Maryland and, after that, every ACC team had their way with one obvious exception.

Yes, Duke has had some injuries, but that is a part of the game. There are just no viable excuses as to why the offense has become predictable to the point where every team prepares well for them as the season wanes on.

There are many more issues. Duke has not been coming out of the locker room adjusted and prepared. Their confidence is so thin, that an untimely bounce of the ball on an interception looks like it takes the wind out of their sails, creating the impression of a very fragile mental state.

It is hard to keep throwing dinks and dunks passes when the other team stacks the front. With so much traffic there, turnovers will happen. Just ask anyone who watched the Blue Devils commit three consecutive turnovers to start the second half, which all led to Syracuse touchdowns.

I personally picked Duke 5-7 at the start of the season. In some ways, I saw struggles coming. There were plenty of question marks and a brutal schedule and a quarterback going down they wanted to develop. But the team played well enough to create hope and expectations early in the season.

It is hard to fathom what has happened since Duke soundly defeated Virginia Tech on the road. The two teams went in different directions and that is what makes the latest result dumbfounding in nature.

Virginia Tech can win the Coastal by winning out. Duke has found itself looking like a team wanting to throw in the towel on the season of late.

The loss made several people bring up the collapse against Wake Forest a season ago. Duke was a mild favorite at home in that game only to lose in epic fashion on their own turf.

But Wake Forest was a bowl-bound team and that is not the case with the Orange, who were reeling most of their season before finding optimal success in Durham.

The reality is that the loss to Syracuse this season is more disturbing than the one to Wake a year ago.

One thing is certain, though. Between now and before next season the staff needs to take a good look at how they are doing things on the offensive side of the ball.

It would seem that a lot of problems start there. If you cannot control the clock a bit and put your defense in a good position then this backward spiral will continue.

Perhaps if there is an effort to fix one of the glaring weaknesses in the team of late, solutions to some of the other problems will start to fall into place.