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Next Up For Duke Football: Miami

Like Duke, Miami is starting fresh.

North Carolina v Duke
 DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 15: Jalon Calhoun #5 of the Duke Blue Devils runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Durham, North Carolina. UNC won 38-35.
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Date: 10/22 || Time: 12:30 || Venue: Hard Rock Stadium || Video: RSN

It’s hardly a surprise that things have been tougher for Duke. That’s typical for most teams as they move from easier games to the heart of conference competition. That’s just the way things are.

The good news though is that this Duke team fights. It has shown a lot of heart throughout the season.

Mario Cristobal is in his first season back home at Miami - he played for the ‘Canes in the glory years and was born in Miami. No doubt it’s a big deal for him.

Typically it takes a while to get a program moving forward, and Miami is no exception. The Hurricanes are 3-3 with wins over Bethune-Cookman (toss that one as irrelevant), Southern Miss and Virginia Tech.

The losses have come to Texas A&M, Middle Tennessee and UNC.

So they’ve played a decent schedule and had some success. Can Duke pull it off?

Tentatively: yes. But it’ll take a solid effort. We will say this: Miami might win, but they’ll have to earn it.