The first obstacle in its path to a national championship is none other than David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils.
It will be up to "Cheetah U" to put the clamps on some high-powered opposing offenses this season—including No. 2 Alabama.
An Alabama team loaded with NFL-ready talent stands in the way of Duke's season opener winning streak.
By retaining its core group of starters while remaining deep at each position, Duke appears geared for another successful season up front.
There is a fair share of upperclassmen who are set to anchor the trenches, but up to three freshmen could see valuable snaps, and two are even slated to start the season opener against Alabama.
Duke fans will see plenty of new faces when the Blue Devils take the field against No. 2 Alabama.
Accompanying a change at quarterback is a complete overhaul of Duke’s receiving corps.
The Blue Devils' stable of backs is remarkably stable, returning Preseason All-ACC all-purpose back Deon Jackson and veteran Brittain Brown.
There used to be much calmer times for Blue Devil fans when it came to special teams, but too much time has passed since Ross Martin, Will Monday, and Devon Edwards dominated that part of the game
The last time the Blue Devils experienced a change at starting quarterback was 2016, when Duke struggled to a 4-8 finish
With the first team offense going up against the second team defense and vice-versa, there were plenty of familiar faces stepping up to make plays as well as some potential breakout players.
Holmberg was expected to compete for snaps at quarterback with redshirt sophomore Chris Katrenick behind current starter Quentin Harris.
The sophomore wideout was expected to start for the Blue Devils.
Coach David Cutcliffe and his squad begin fall camp with four practices without pads at the start of the month before finally putting on full equipment on Aug. 6.
David Cutcliffe's contract was extended through 2023 Friday afternoon, ensuring that he'll helm the Blue Devils for at least four more seasons.
Saturday evening, four Blue Devils were signed by NFL teams as undrafted free agents.