Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/13/14
Kansas Jayhawks (1-0) at Duke Blue Devils (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Wallace Wade Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -16 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks travel to Duke to play the Blue Devils on Saturday.
Kansas won their season opener 34-28 over SE Missouri State last weekend. The Jayhawks were up 24-0 after the first quarter, but allowed 21 points in the final quarter and almost lost the game. Kansas produced 457 total yards, while allowing SEMO to gain 421 total yards. The Jayhawks were led by QB Montell Cozart who completed 12 of 24 passes for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns. WR Tony Pierson caught 4 balls for 95 yards and a touchdown. RB De’Andre Mann carried the ball 15 times for 121 yards for the Jayhawks. Kansas finished the 2013 season with a 3-9 record, but they actually improved compared to previous seasons. Kansas had a scoring offense that ranked 121st in the country and a scoring defense that ranked 94th in the country. Kansas may improve slightly this season as they return a number starters on both sides of the ball. Having said all that, Kanas returning starters from a team that finished 3-9, isn’t necessarily a good thing for Jayhawk nation.
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The Duke Blue Devils improved to 2-0 on the year after beating Troy on the road 34-17 last weekend. The Blue Devils started slow, but by halftime they had a 10-point lead. The Blue Devils produced 452 yards against Troy, while allowing 396 total yards. QB Anthony Boone passed for 268 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Duke. WR Issac Blackeney caught 5 balls for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Blue Devils scored 28 points or more in 10 of their 14 games in 2013, and they haven’t slowed down at the start of this season. The leaders of the Duke offense consists of Boone, All-ACC WR Crowder, the running back tandem in Snead and Shaquille Powell, WR Max McCaffrey, and TE Braxton Deaver. In 2013, the Blue Devils defense gave up 418 yards and 26.6 points per game. The Duke defense is only returning five starters, however; the defensive backfield is returning three out of the five starters. Duke will only go as far as their defense can take them this year because the offense has proven that they are a legit unit that can score consistently.
Kansas is known for their basketball program, not their football team. The Jayhawks are not very experienced and almost let a large lead slip away against SEMO last weekend. Meanwhile, Duke has some talented players on both sides of the ball. Duke should have no problem scoring against the Jayhawks and I think the defense will play well at home. Duke wins by 20.