Duke turned heads in 2012 when they began the season 5-1.But they finished 6-6 and lost in the Belk Bowl to the Cincinnati Bearcats.
So while the Blue Devils made their first bowl game since 1994, they still have not had a winning season since that '94 team went 8-4.
Considering that rather pedestrian and disappointing finish, coupled with departures of quarterback Sean Renfree and two of their top three receivers, what do we expect from Duke this year?
Without question, this is the biggest test for coach David Cutcliffe because there will actually be some expectations in 2013.
Will Duke try to build on their moderate success or will they resume their place in the basement of the ACC standings?
Here are the key storylines that will define the Blue Devils this season.