DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke spent the past few years climbing to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.
Now the challenge is to stay there.
It begins Saturday night when the Blue Devils open a pivotal follow-up season against Elon of the Championship Subdivision.
Duke rose from perennial doormat to two-time bowl team in 2012 and '13, reaching its first ACC title game last year.
The Blue Devils don't want to be seen as two-year wonders.
Running back Josh Snead says Duke wants to prove its past two years weren't flukes — and making quick work of the rebuilding Phoenix would be a good start.