Conference: Home --- Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest; Road --- Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia
Nonconference: Home --- Richmond, Stanford, Tulane; Road --- Florida International
Bye: Week 6
Don’t play: Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State
Must-see: For the second straight year, a Heisman Trophy candidate is coming to Wallace Wade Stadium. Stanford QB Andrew Luck will pay a visit to Durham as the Cardinal comes east in the season's second week.
A favorable setup: If it wasn't for the fact Stanford is loaded, this is precisely the sort of nonconference schedule the Blue Devils should play. There's a I-AA team, two private schools with good academic reputations and then a winnable game against a non-BCS conference school. Alas, Stanford will start off as a top-10 team, and the path to six victories isn't exactly clear.
And not so much: Duke could use every bit of help it can muster in order to reach its first bowl game since 1994. Playing three of its final four on the road --- including a trip to Miami and another to Chapel Hill for the latest installment in the lopsided Victory Bell "rivalry" --- places a huge onus on the first two months of the season and allows few missteps from the start.
The full schedule:
Sept. 3: Richmond
Sept. 10: Stanford
Sept. 17: at Boston College
Sept. 24: Tulane
Oct. 1: at Florida International
Oct. 15: Florida State
Oct. 22: Wake Forest
Oct. 29: Virginia Tech
Nov. 5: at Miami
Nov. 12: at Virginia
Nov. 19: Georgia Tech
Nov. 26: at North Carolina