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Take of the week: Duke field hockey's redemption tour is underway, and it seems like nothing can stop it

(09/21/23 6:25pm)

It is probably fair to say that last season was a rough one for the Blue Devils. Duke went an uninspiring 7-11 overall in the 2022 campaign, including an 0-6 run through conference play. The Blue Devils averaged just 2.28 goals per game at a .175 shot percentage. As such, things did not look so good coming into this year. The Chronicle’s own field hockey beats predicted an improvement from the previous campaign, but not a huge leap forward. The most optimistic projection was a 10-8 finish with a 3-3 record in a stacked ACC.  

Scouting the opponent: Duke football must prepare for Bryant's arm, Porter's legs against Northwestern

(09/14/23 4:37am)

After a solid all-around win against Lafayette in Week 2, No. 21 Duke will be looking to improve its record to 3-0 to open the season. The Blue Devils have played two strong games against a strong team in Clemson and an FCS group in the Leopards, and now come against their first non-conference FBS opponent when the Wildcats come to town Saturday.

No. 21 Duke football's solid all-round performance against Lafayette indicates stability for season ahead

(09/10/23 7:11am)

Not all football games are like the one Duke played against Clemson Monday. Sometimes, they are simple. Sometimes, the better team shows up and coasts to a win. That is exactly what the 21st-ranked Blue Devils did in their second game of the season. 

Scouting the opponent: Lafayette's run game, defensive line will try to challenge Duke football

(09/08/23 4:37am)

To say it has been an eventful week for head coach Mike Elko’s No. 21 Duke team would be an understatement. The Monday night upset win against then-No. 9 Clemson was the program’s first against a top-10 team since 1989, and the Blue Devils (1-0, 1-0 in the ACC) find themselves ranked in the AP Poll for the first time since a one-week residency in 2018. 

Take of the week: This Clemson win says less about Duke football than fans want it to

(09/06/23 10:42pm)

If you’re a college football fan and haven’t recently taken up residence under a rock, you heard all about Duke’s big upset win against Clemson on Monday night. The projected point spread from Vegas? Duke +13. The final margin? Duke -21. That’s an enormous 34-point swing from the prediction to the final score, indicating a sizable upset win, nay, a blowout against a team that opened its season in the top 10.

Column: Temper expectations for Duke football — it's only year two

(09/01/23 4:15am)

In years past, seeing teams like No. 9 Clemson and No. 13 Notre Dame on the schedule would have meant near-certain defeat for Duke. To put it simply, the Blue Devils have historically not had a program that strikes fear in the hearts of their gridiron opponents. They sit below .500 in all-time winning percentage at an uninspiring .471, and have finished with a winning record just six times since 2000. There were three seasons during that stretch where Duke failed to win a single game.