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Duke Blue Devils vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick 9/14/13

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) at Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Wallace Wade Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils 8.5 -- Over/Under: 55 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Duke Blue Devils host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

Duke improved to 2-0 after a 28-14 win over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. The win marked the first time since 1998 that the Blue Devils have opened the season 2-0. Duke ended the game with 470 yards of offense to 237 for Memphis, 70 of those coming in three plays when Memphis tied the score at 14 early in the fourth. QB Brandon Connette, who was subbing for injured starter QB Anthony Boone, threw for 198 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils to the victory. Connette was 14 of 21 after entering in the second quarter when Boone, the Duke starter, left the game with an injury to his right side and didn’t return. The Blue Devils big-play WR Jamison Crowder finished the game with 11 catches for 140 yards. Duke’s defense was outstanding at times in this game, limiting the Tigers to only 1 yards of offense in the second quarter and holding Memphis without a first down from the first quarter to the midway point of the third. The Blue Devil defense will face their first true challenge this weekend when they face the high powered offense of Georgia Tech. The Duke defense has not held the Yellow Jackets to less than 30 points in the past 4 meetings, while the Blue Devil offense has only scored over 30 once in those 4 games.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick 9/14/13

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had the week off after dismantling Elon 70-0 in their season opener. The Yellow Jackets put up 557 total yards of offense in that game, with 368 rushing yards on the ground. QB Vad Lee completed 7 of 11 passes for 189 yards with 2 touchdowns, while WR Summers caught 3 balls for 79 yards in the win. Thirteen Georgia Tech players had at least one carry, and reserve QB Justin Thomas led the way with 53 rushing yards, while RB Zach Laskey added 51 rushing yards, and Lee had 49 in his first start. The Yellow Jacket defense held Elon to 253 total yards, limiting them to only 89 yards rushing in the contest. Georgia Tech came into this season hoping to have an improved defense from a year ago. The Yellow Jacket offense will definitely produce big numbers but the defense can’t allow teams to score over 40 points like they did last year. Georgia Tech should not take Duke lightly and will have had two weeks to prepare for this matchup on the road.

The favorite is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The Yellow Jackets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Duke.

Georgia Tech has won 9 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and they have scored 35 or more points in 6 of those games. Duke struggled against the ACC last year and even though they return a ton of players from last year, I don’t think they are on the same level as Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets plan to make some noise this year and this will be their first true test on the road. I think Georgia Tech, who had two weeks to prepare, will send a message to the ACC in this game, blowing out the Blue Devils on the road.

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GEORGIA TECH -8.5 (HIGHLY RATED PLAY) and OVER 55

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