Will Duke surpass Vegas’ expectations this season?

Mike Elko engineered one of the most dramatic turnarounds in college football last season, taking over a program that had gone 1-17 in conference play the previous two years and promptly finishing the 2023 slate with a 5-3 record in the ACC. The Blue Devils ended the year 9-4, including a resounding win in the Military Bowl over Central Florida.

With eighteen of twenty-two starters back for a debut season, including every skill position player on offense, Duke is not going to sneak up on anyone this year and is projected by Vegas oddsmakers to win enough games (their over/under is set at 6.5) to return to the postseason for a second straight time. That’s despite a schedule that is much more difficult across the board than last year’s and will test the progress made by Elko and staff in their time in Durham.

Here’s a breakdown of what challenges are facing the Blue Devils in 2023.

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