Duke, UNC 2014 football schedules unveiled by ACC
Duke and North Carolina will be playing their first-ever ESPN Thursday night game on short rest, according to the 2014 ACC football schedule that was officially released Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will meet on Thursday, Nov. 20 at Wallace Wade Stadium, five days after Duke hosts Virginia Tech and UNC hosts Pittsburgh on Nov. 15.
Both teams will then conclude their regular seasons by facing their permanent crossover rivals at home — UNC will host N.C. State and Duke will face Wake Forest on Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Duke will ease into and out of its regular season schedule with two series of home games. The middle of the Blue Devils slate, though, will have them on the road often as they seek to repeat as ACC Coastal Division champions.
Coming off a 10-4 season that included an eight-game winning streak, Duke plays three of its first four games at home this August and September, all against nonconference foes.
Duke opens the season Aug. 30 at Wallace Wade Stadium against Elon, which struggled to a 2-10 record last season. The Phoenix will play in the Football Championship Subdivision’s Colonial Athletic Conference beginning this season.
Duke’s only road game among its first four games is a Sept. 6 game at Troy, which the Blue Devils beat 38-31 last season. The Trojans, a Sun Belt Conference team, finished 6-6 last season.
Duke is traveling to Troy, Ala., as the back end of a two-game, home-and-home contract. Duke’s final two nonconference games will be Sept. 13 against Kansas and Sept. 20 against Tulane. Both games are at home. The Jayhawks struggled to a 3-9 record last season. They are coming to Durham to complete a two-game contract that saw Duke play at Kansas in 2009.
Tulane went 7-6 in 2013, losing 24-21 to Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
But after that early stretch against four teams that combined to go 18-31 last season, Duke fans will hardly get to see their team play in person again until November.
After Sept. 20, Duke’s lone home game before November is an Oct. 18 game against ACC rival Virginia. The Cavaliers are coming off a 2-10 season.
Duke plays road games at Miami (Sept. 27), at Georgia Tech (Oct. 11), at Pittsburgh (Nov. 1) and at Syracuse (Nov. 8).
Duke will also have two open Saturdays during that stretch — Oct. 4 and 25.
Following that stretch of road games, Duke closes the regular season with three consecutive home games.
The Blue Devils welcome Virginia Tech on Nov. 15, North Carolina Nov. 20 and Wake Forest Nov. 29.
Duke returns 17 starters as the Blue Devils shoot for a third consecutive bowl game appearance. The 12 teams on Duke’s 2014 schedule combined for an overall record of 69-82 (.457 winning percentage).
UNC, which returns 17 starters from a team that won six of its last seven games last season to finish 7-6, will be tested by a schedule that includes nine games against teams that played in bowl games in 2013.
After starting the season with a first-ever meeting against FCS-level Liberty (Aug. 30) and another home game against San Diego State (Sept. 6), the Tar Heels have a bye week before embarking on the most challenging part of the schedule — a seven-games-in-seven-weeks stretch that includes five road games and six games against bowl teams from last season.
It starts at East Carolina (Sept. 20), which embarrassed UNC 55-31 at Kenan Stadium last season. Then comes the Tar Heels’ rotating Atlantic Division game at Clemson (Sept .27), which finished last season ranked eighth in the country after beating Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
UNC opens Coastal Division play against Virginia Tech (Oct. 4) and then plays at Notre Dame (Oct. 11), where it has never won in 11 trips.
The Tar Heels then play five straight division opponents, starting with Georgia Tech (Oct. 18), which has won five straight in the series. UNC travels to Virginia (Oct. 25) and Miami (Nov. 1) to finish the tough middle-season stretch.
After another week off, UNC closes out with games against Pitt, Duke and N.C. State. It will be the first time in school history that the Tar Heels host the Wolfpack in their regular-season finale.
UNC also announced that the spring football game will take place Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. Duke is expected to begin spring drills Feb. 7 and has tentatively set its spring game for Saturday, March 1, but has not set a time for the event.
2014 UNC Football Schedule
Game times TBA.
Aug. 30 LIBERTY
Sept. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE
Sept. 13 Open date
Sept. 20 @ East Carolina
Sept. 27 @ Clemson*
Oct. 4 VIRGINIA TECH*
Oct. 11 @ Notre Dame
Oct. 18 GEORGIA TECH*
Oct. 25 @ Virginia*
Nov. 1 @ Miami*
Nov. 8 Open date
Nov. 15 PITTSBURGH*
Nov. 20 @ Duke*
Nov. 29 N.C. STATE*
Home games in CAPS.*Conf. game
2014 Duke Football Schedule
Game times TBA.
Aug. 30 ELON
Sept. 6 @ Troy
Sept. 13 KANSAS
Sept. 20 TULANE
Sept. 27 @ Miami*
Oct. 4 Open date
Oct. 11 @ Georgia Tech*
Oct. 18 VIRGINIA*
Oct. 25 Open date
Nov. 1 @ Pittsburgh*
Nov. 8 @ Syracuse*
Nov. 15 VIRGINIA TECH*
Nov. 20 NORTH CAROLINA*
Nov. 29 WAKE FOREST*
Home games in CAPS.*Conf. game