DURHAM -- Everywhere he looks in the Bull City, Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said North Carolina light blue outnumbers Duke blue.
The Blue Devils' second-year coach, who lives in Durham, has found himself surrounded by North Carolina fans and Tar Heel blue. When he arrived he was amazed at the proximity of the two schools.
With North Carolina (5-3, 1-3) and Duke (5-3, 3-1) set to play for the 95th time on Saturday in Chapel Hill, Cutcliffe spoke earlier in the week about the rivalry between the schools and the re-energized competition between the football programs.
"My little places I go into in the off season are Target or Harris Teeter," he said. "It's nothing but North Carolina fans, everywhere. I think I realized quickly that I was reconnaissance, not coach. I was behind enemy lines sending out reports. It's amazing you're surrounded by so many fans of North Carolina."
He said everywhere he looks there's more North Carolina products than Duke, but added the Tar Heels had earned that distinction.
"It's a constant reminder," said Cutcliffe of the Heels' dominance in the football series, having won the past 18 out of 19 games since 1990. The Blue Devils last beat UNC in 2003.
With such a recent one-sided rivalry, it's expected that UNC fans would gloat a little bit. Duke's coach is often reminded of his team's standing in the series when he's out at the store.
"Yes I do get a lot of comments," Cutcliffe said. "I've never really had anybody be negative at all. My wife tells me next time I don't get to go."