DURHAM, N.C. - Duke took a big step forward last year and the Blue Devils want to keep moving in that direction.
Coach David Cutcliffe's team opens the season Saturday against Championship Division opponent North Carolina Central looking to build on its first six-win season since 1994.
New quarterback Anthony Boone says these Blue Devils are playing at a higher level than they did before last season.
That's when they contended for an ACC Coastal Division title and reached the Belk Bowl.
The Blue Devils return enough starters to make a return to the postseason a realistic possibility.
But nothing could undercut that momentum quite like another loss to an FCS team - especially one from across town that has only in its third year of full membership in Division I.
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