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At last the wait is overARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!! After all the uncertainty of a tumultuous offseason, the Eagles finally get to strap on the pads in a real game, and a conference game at

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that This contest marks only the eighth meeting between the Eagles and Blue Devils BC holds a 4-3 edge in a series that dates back to 1927 Duke finished second to last in the ACC Coastal Division with a 3-5 conference record (the Blue Devils were 5-7 overall) and were picked to finish 12th in the ACC preseason poll The late season opener could mean good things for BC, the last time the Eagles opened the season on September 19th, they defeated Texas A&M 13-12 back in 1981 DURHAM, NC – Duke welcomes Boston College on Saturday for the season opener for both teams

Kickoff between the Blue Devils and Eagles is set for 12:00 pm, and the game will be broadcast live on RSN To find a listing of RSN affiliates please click HERE Under head coach David Cutcliffe, Duke is 10-2 in home openers Duke enters this week’s Boston College game having won its last eight lid-lifters at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium the last time the Blue Devils faced an ACC opponent in its home opener was back on Sept 10, 2005 (Virginia Tech 45, Duke 0)

Saturday’s RSN broadcast will feature Evan Lepler, Dave Archer, and Lyndsay Rowley on the call The game can also be heard on the Blue Devils IMG Sports Network through the TuneIn app or godukecom The defensive line coaches in this week’s contest share a bond as the Blue Devils’ Ben Albert spent three seasons (2013-14-15) on the staff at Boston College while his Eagle counterpart, Vince Oghobaase, lettered four seasons (2006-07-08-09) as a defensive tackle at Duke, twice earning All-ACC honors in addition to an All-America citation from The Sporting News in 2009

The Blue Devils fell, 27-13, to No 10 Notre Dame in their season opener last Saturday In his Duke debut, QB Chase Brice threw for 259 yards while rushing for the Blue Devils’ lone TD CB Mark Gilbert, playing for the first time since Sept 8, 2018, and LB Shaka Heyward led the Duke defense with seven tackles each

This year’s game will mark the eighth on the gridiron between the two schools with Boston College leading the series, 4-3 this year’s game will mark the eighth on the gridiron between the two schools with Boston College leading the series, 4-3 in Duke’s most recent win over Boston College on Oct 3, 2015, K Ross Martin converted on three field goals (36, 38, and 53) for the Blue Devils’ first win without a TD since 1978 TJ Rahming added five catches for 75 yards, while Dwayne Norman led the team in tackles with 11

Senior TE Noah Gray led all ACC tight ends and ranked second among Power 5 TEs with 51 receptions last year, his first as a full-time starter the 2019 second team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and second team All-ACC honoree, finished season, has recorded 20+ receiving yards in 16 games throughout his career, and last Saturday recorded his 13th consecutive game with two+ receptions

During last Saturday’s season opener, Duke’s top three receivers in TE Gray, WR Calhoun and WR Eli Pancol compiled 208 yards on 13 catches as a unit, the Blue Devils registered 200+ receiving yards against an FBS opponent just twice all of last season (Middle Tennessee and North Carolina)

Duke’s season-opener at Notre Dame marked the expected return of CB Gilbert, who had not played since suffering a hip injury at Northwestern on Sept 9, 2018 The decorated veteran played for the first time in 734 days and logged seven tackles, matching the team-best with LB Heyward

In 2019, Duke had five players register six or more tackles for loss, led by DE Chris Rumph II who recorded a team-best 135 DE Victor Dimukeje and LB Heyward are the other two returning players on the list with 95 and 65 TFL, respectively Rumph II ranked eighth in the ACC with his 135 TFL a newcomer to the mix during Duke’s season opener at Notre Dame was LB Rocky Shelton II, who earned 25 TFL, including his first career sack for a loss of 10 yards

Senior defensive end Dimukeje and senior safety Marquis Waters enter the 2020 season with over 2,000 snaps to their credit Dimukeje currently has played 2,116 career snaps while Waters checks in at 2,096

Redshirt freshman Porter Wilson handled the punting chores in Duke’s opener in his collegiate debut, he punted six times for 274 yards and an average of 4567 per kick his first punt went 60 yards while four of the boots were downed inside the Notre Dame 20 yard line

Redshirt freshman Charlie Ham has replaced AJ Reed on both placement kicks and kickoffs in three career games, Ham has registered nine kickoffs for 540 yards (6000) with one touchback

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