Duke Football Notebook: Season Opener Looms – Duke University Blue Devils | On Friday, August 31st, Duke will open the 2018 Football season hosting Army West Point on Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium at 7:00 PM. To help all guests prepare for this ESPNU nationally televised, weeknight game, we want to highlight the following operational information:

Friday will be a celebration of Durham Night inside Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Throughout the evening, accomplishments of many Durham workers and the partnership between Duke University and the Durham community will be celebrated.

“What a great opportunity to start a holiday weekend,” Cutcliffe said. “It will be Durham Night. We’ve been very appreciative with how Durham has embraced us. We have a lot of friends in this community. I’m counting on a home-field advantage.”

Until 5 p.m. Thursday, Durham residents can take advantage of two ticket package options, both of which also include FREE parking in our general public lots.

Option 1 (1-3 Tickets)
Tickets for only $8 each
FREE food and drink combo voucher with each ticket (Hot Dog or Veggie Burrito, Chips and a Drink)
Option 2 (4+ Tickets)
4 tickets for only $27 (Only $6.75 each)
Additional tickets only $6.75 each
FREE food and drink combo voucher with each ticket (Hot Dog or Veggie Burrito, Chips and a Drink)

Fans for the 7 p.m. kickoff are encouraged to be in their seats early to enjoy the ceremonial multi-aircraft flyover, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. A Bandit Flight Team of CJ-6 and Yak-52 Aircrafts will fly in formation.

At halftime, following a performance by the Duke University Marching Band, national recording country artist Ryan Weaver will take the stage.

New for the 2018 season, complimentary wifi will be available for fans at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium on the “GoDuke” network.

Last week, Duke announced the selections of redshirt junior linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, senior linebacker Ben Humphreys, redshirt junior quarterback Daniel Jones and redshirt senior wide receiver Johnathan Lloyd as team captains for the 2018 season. The four returning lettermen were elected by their teammates.

“It was an honor to be selected by my teammates and peers,” Lloyd said of the accolade. “I appreciate the honor and I respect it to the utmost.”

Giles-Harris, a preseason All-America pick, also will be a first-time team captain.

“It’s very special,” he said. “It’s an honor that my teammates vote on it and felt I was a guy they can look to and depend on. I’m joined by three other guys who I look up to, so I’m very happy for the opportunity.”

Duke returns nearly every pass catcher from a year ago, bringing back 83.08 percent of its receptions. Of the 14 Blue Devils who caught a pass last fall, only Shaun Wilson (36 receptions) and Quay Chambers (nine) do not return to the squad.

The experience has brought a healthy level of competition to the position room this fall.

“There is a lot of competition and a lot of talented guys in one room,” Lloyd said. “It makes the group elevate as a whole. Guys are making plays. So when you see that, you want to go make a play. You know who is behind you and who is ahead of you. It brings out that competitive edge in each person and it makes the room better as a group.”

Syracuse vs Western Michigan

Syracuse vs Western Michigan:Get ready for Syracuse vs Western Michigan football game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, CT on Fri. Aug 31, 2018 games in Week 1. Syracuse vs Western Michigan info on start time news and more.

NCAA Football Week 1
Event : College Football
Team : Syracuse vs Western Michigan
Date: Saturday, Sep 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

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Raiders vs Seahawks

Later in the preseason, the Raiders will take on the Seattle Seahawks, who, like the Rams, they are playing in the regular season as well. The Raiders vs. Seahawks regular season game was supposed to be the first NFL game played inside the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but that honor will have to wait for another season.

While the two teams will play in London this Fall, they will not be playing inside the new stadium, which has yet to finish being built. Instead, the teams will play inside Wembley Stadium, as it was announced earlier Monday.

NFLUK tweeted this out earlier in the day.

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is going to be quite the venue, and you can be sure it will host an NFL game during the 2019 regular season. It seems the Raiders always are involved in International play, so keep an eye out when next season’s schedule is released, as the Silver and Black could be one of the two teams to christen the new stadium next Fall.

While playing games across the pond are a good way for the NFL to improve on their already stellar popularity, you may want to make sure the stadium is going to be built on time. Still, this game is going to be a great challenge for the Raiders, as they will be taking on one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson.

Chargers vs 49ers

That date, every NFL team trims its roster from 90 players down to 53. Later on, those teams formulate a 10-man practice squad made up of eligible players. But based off the simple math, nearly half of the 49ers offseason roster will be looking for a new employer less than a week from now.

Saturday, head coach Kyle Shanahan is all but guaranteed to sit his starters and primary backups for the team’s final preseason tuneup.

For those guys, this preseason bout has tremendous meaning. And as 49ers color commentator Tim Ryan said during last Saturday’s bout, many of the players suiting up in the preseason finale will be playing NFL football for the very last time.

Week 4 of the preseason looks nothing like a regular-season NFL game, and that will be the case for both the San Francisco 49ers and visiting Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

And that’s the point for this final week — give those fringe players on the roster one last shot to impress enough to stick around beyond roster cuts, which will take place Sept. 1.

Broncos vs Cardinals

The Cardinals will get to see quarterbacks Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch for Denver. Rookie running back Royce Freeman is expected to play some.

The Broncos will make final roster decisions in part based on what happens in the game on Thursday.

preseason finale for the Arizona Cardinals against the Denver Broncos will certainly require a program with player names and numbers. As is usually the case, starters are rarely seen in the game.

“We’ve got 22 guys not playing,” coach Vance Joseph said after practice Monday, according to Broncos Wire’s Jon Heath. “Outside of that, the rest of the jobs are up for grabs. It’s a football game Thursday night, so things are going to happen. Everyone is still fighting for jobs.”

So when the two teams face off this Thursday, it will look nothing like it will when they face each other again in Arizona for a Thursday night game in the regular season.

Packers vs Chiefs

Despite the lack of star power, there’s a lot at stake for a lot of Chiefs players, and we’ve all seen the value of fringe roster players over the years as they develop into key contributors or even surprise starters.

Quinten Rollins, a second-round pick in 2015, is likely to miss out on the 53-man roster. Rollins has been given opportunities at cornerback, safety and special teams this summer, but he has struggled throughout preseason. Against the Titans, he gave up a 38-yard play on Tennessee’s opening drive, and then fumbled a punt shortly after.

In order to better understand what we’re watching on Thursday night, we asked Packers expert Freddie Boston of Lombardi Ave. for his take on what to watch and which cornerbacks might be available after roster cuts from the Packers.

Will Green Bay keep seven wide receivers? If one of the offseason MVPs, Jake Kumerow, plays well again this week, the Packers might not have a choice.

Many of the positional battles have been settled, but this will be the final opportunity for the players on the roster bubble to make a case for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Cowboys vs Texans

Now, all of our attention can be paid to said silly football game. That doesn’t mean we take it any less seriously. In our final warmup for the regular season, we reached out to Texans Wire writer Cole Thompson for some intel on who exactly are the 2018 Texans and what do they have in store.

It’s been two years since the two sides waged war, wisely falling back in 2017 as rescue and recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey took obvious precedent over a silly football game.

The battle for bragging rights is on as the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans prepare to square off for the Governor’s Cup on Thursday night.

It’s mentally where I think he might struggle his first few games back. Take a look back at Robert Griffin III and remember the leg injury he suffered. He rushed back too quick, quickly reinjured himself and never was able to be the same player. With the Texans offensive line, it’s easy to see Watson might have been flustered in the last preseason game against Los Angeles.

Texans Wire: Is he 100% right now? I would say no, he isn’t.

Vikings vs Titans

Minnesota’s starting offense played the entire first half and corrected many aspectsthat undermined the Vikings against Jacksonville when they netted 13 yards on 16 plays. The Vikings also had just one penalty for five yards, compared to seven for 47 yards by the Seahawks.

On Friday, however, the first-team ran 15 plays for a net of 54 yards on its opening possession and totaled 209 yards on 43 plays, capitalizing on what is likely the final “dress rehearsal” before the regular season opens Sept. 9.

The Vikings (2-1) will close their preseason slate by visiting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. Kickoff will be 7 p.m. (CT).

While alarming at first, the numbers were impacted significantly by a 55-yard pass completion on the game’s final play. Removing that play knocks down Seattle’s average to 4.5 yards.

One area of mild concern, however, was that the Seahawks averaged 4.3 yards per carry and limited the Vikings to 2.4 yards per carry.

That rate might seem a little tilted toward the pass, but it also reflects Minnesota involving running backs and fullback C.J. Ham in the passing game to counter a Seattle defense that was stiff against the run.

Minnesota was 12-of-21 on third downs (57 percent) a week after going 0-for-12, and the first team was 7-for-10.

Dalvin Cook converted the first with a 1-yard run on his second of two carries. Latavius Murray scored on a 1-yard touchdown on a third-and-goal play.

Bills vs Bears

As always, Fox was defiant and didn’t explain his reasoning for risking Trubisky’s health in that situation. There later was a minor controversy over who called what plays for Trubisky at the end.

“I think it’s going to be fair to say it [wasn’t] the first time he’s been hit, and it won’t be the last,” Fox said after the game.

Now, that you’ve relived that nightmare, don’t expect it to happen again this year. It starts with Trubisky not playing, but Nagy also has a plan in place for his reserves. He already executed his plan to protect his most valuable players last week.

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel was informed on Friday morning that he was starting Saturday against the Chiefs. Nagy, though, still had scripted plays ready for him and the second-team offense.

As always, some rookies will play. Some extra work should benefit outside linebacker Kylie Fitts, inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, who all are vying for certain roles.

Receiver Javon Wims, though, has earned a break. He’s been one of the Bears’ best players this preseason. He has a team-best 15 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. He doesn’t have much left to prove.

There also will be several players who will play that the Bears would like to stash away on their practice squad. Receiver Tanner Gentry, running back Ryan Nall, guard Jordan Morgan and cornerbacks Michael Joseph and Kevin Toliver are viewed as practice-squad candidates.

So Trubisky re-entered the game – again. This time, he came back with 1:04 remaining and with the Bears having the ball on Browns’ 20. But now, with the Browns leading 25-0, it was time to pass.

The Browns blitzed the Bears on the next play and shoved Trubisky to the ground, even though he completed a screen pass to running back Josh Rounds.


Last year’s final preseason game against the Browns was billed as possibly the last opportunity to see rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky before Mike Glennon took over his “year” as the Bears’ starter. Instead, everyone saw John Fox’s horror show at Soldier Field.

It started off with Trubisky handing off nine consecutive times over the course of three separate three-and-outs for the Bears’ offense. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 10 yards before being replaced by Connor Shaw in the second quarter.

Rams vs Saints

The Rams are going to rest all of their starters and likely a handful of backups, too, in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season. Sean McVay doesn’t want to take any chances with his most important players, while simultaneously giving lower-tier players the opportunity to show they’re deserving of a roster spot.

Rams are going to rest all of their starters and likely a handful of backups, too, in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season. Sean McVay doesn’t want to take any chances with his most important players, while simultaneously giving lower-tier players the opportunity to show they’re deserving of a roster spot.

Thursday night, all 32 teams will wrap up their 2018 preseason schedules as Week 1 of the regular season rapidly approaches. Almost no starters will see the field in any of the 16 games, but it’s an important night for lesser-known players fighting to make the final roster.

The Los Angeles Rams will take on the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, carrying their 2-1 record into this one. While they’re somehow above .500 despite playing only one offensive starter all preseason, Vegas has seen plenty from Los Angeles’ backups to declare New Orleans the favorites in this one.