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Duke's 2016 Football Schedule Full Of Great Opponents And Promising Games

The most interesting game on the schedule Duke's first trip to South Bend.

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Dec 26, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils tight end Braxton Deaver (89) and defensive end Deion Williams (48) lay on the field after the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl overtime victory against the Indiana Hoosiers at Yankee Stadium.
Dec 26, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils tight end Braxton Deaver (89) and defensive end Deion Williams (48) lay on the field after the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl overtime victory against the Indiana Hoosiers at Yankee Stadium.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Duke football's schedule has several intriguing elements for 2016.

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First of all, at least from January it looks harder. Northwestern and Notre Dame won't be easy, to say the least. How cool is it for Duke to play at Notre Dame? That's like teams coming to Cameron for the first time: it's a big deal.

And second, at least three schools are bringing new coaches in, and there's no way to know what to expect.

Well, we do know a fair amount about Miami's Mark Richt, who was at Georgia for years, but most of what we know about Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall or Virginia Tech's Justin Fuentes is secondary, but they come with strong reputations.

Duke has yet to play Louisville in the ACC, so that's another unknown.

Georgia Tech had an off year but has done well against Duke in the recent past.

That also leaves UNC, which ran all over Duke this past year and Pitt. Duke has had some fun games with Pitt.

The thing is that Duke has improved to the point where you can't rule them out of any of these games, but at least eight are going to be challenging.

And that's exactly as it should be.