The sight of Duke taking the field against NC Central, which will play out Saturday at 7 p.m., will also occur for years to come.
The Blue Devils and the Eagles annouced today that they will play each other in the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. The moves gives Duke a I-AA opponent for those years and it allows the Bull City Gridiron Classic to continue. Duke and NCCU first played in 2009, with Duke winning that contest 49-14. That's the largest win in the David Cutcliffe era.
“Bringing the two campuses together in this fashion has tremendous value, and we are just thrilled to participate in this meaningful partnership," Duke atheltic director Kevin White said in a statement. "We look forward to many more years of exciting football with our Durham neighbors.”
Fun fact about the 2009 game: that was the colliegate debut of Duke RB-turned-WR Desmond Scott, a Durham Hillside High graduate. He rushed for 100 yards and his first career touchdown.
As it stands right now, Duke has Navy and Memphis along with NCCU as its non-conference opponents for 2013. The next season, 2014, currently has Kansas, Elon and Tulane on the slate. All of this could change, of course, with the impending addition of Notre Dame.