Duke could find bowl path less complicated
The road to a second straight bowl game should be slightly easier for Duke next season.
After having to play ACC powers Florida State and Clemson in 2012, the Blue Devils — and rival North Carolina — will avoid both opponents in 2013, the conference announced Friday.
Still, both Duke and UNC will face six league opponents who won at least six games in 2012.
The league released conference opponents and sites for each team, though specific dates won’t be announced until next month. A new scheduling model was used to incorporate Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which will be moving from the Big East.
Pittsburgh will join the seven-team Coastal Division along with Duke and UNC. Schools will play every team in their division (three home, three away) and two teams from the other division — one primary crossover and one rotating crossover.
In 2013, Duke and UNC will travel to permanent rivals Wake Forest and N.C. State, respectively. As for the rotating opponent, Duke will host N.C. State and UNC will host Boston College.
The Blue Devils also will host Georgia Tech, Miami and Pittsburgh and travel to UNC, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Three games are identical to 2012, when Duke was home against Miami and played at Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. The league said it needed to repeat six league games total in order to balance home and road schedules for each team.
UNC will be home against Duke, Miami and Virginia and will visit Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
The Tar Heels also announced their non-conference schedule. UNC will open at South Carolina and will host Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 7), East Carolina (Sept. 28) and Old Dominion (Oct. 12).
Duke will welcome N.C. Central and Navy and travel to Memphis, though exact dates and a fourth non-conference opponents have not yet been released.
ACC FOOTBALL 2013
Below are the 2013 ACC football opponents for Duke, UNC and N.C. State. Divisional games are listed first in alphabetical order, followed by primary crossover (pc) and then rotating crossover (rc).
at North Carolina
at Virginia Tech
at Wake Forest (pc)
N.C. State (rc)
at Georgia Tech
at Virginia Tech
at N.C. State (pc)
Boston College (rc)
at Boston College
at Florida State
at Wake Forest
North Carolina (pc)
at Duke (rc)