Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/27/14
Duke Blue Devils (4-0) at Miami Hurricanes (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Sun Life Stadium)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -7 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils travel to South Beach to play the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Duke Blue Devils are 4-0 on the season after beating Tulane at home 47-13 last weekend. The Blue Devils defeated Elon, Troy, and Kansas to start the season. Duke has won all four games by at least 17 points and have held their opponents to an average of 11.5 points per game, which ranks 7th in the country. The Blue Devils are averaging over 260 rushing yards per game, while averaging over 230 yards passing per game. Duke is averaging an impressive 43.5 points per game, which ranks 17th in the country. Senior QB Anthony Boone leads an experienced Duke team, and has passed for 876 yards to go along with 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. Senior WR Jamison Crowder has a team-high 22 receptions for 296 yards and 2 scores. Freshman RB Shaun Wilson has a team-high 404 rushing yards with 4 touchdowns for the Blue Devils. Duke has not played a tough schedule thus far and will need to prove themselves in the coming weeks against Miami, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Pittsburgh.
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The Miami Hurricanes dropped to 2-2 on the year after losing at Nebraska 41-31 on Saturday. The Hurricanes lost to Louisville to open the season and then earned victories over Florida A&M and Arkansas State. Against Nebraska, The Hurricanes produced 435 total yards while allowing 456 total yards on defense. Miami turned the ball over 3 times and committed 9 penalties for 82 yards, which included 5 personal fouls in the second half alone. The Miami defense allowed 343 rushing yards against the Cornhuskers. Miami QB Brad Kaaya completed 28 of 42 passes for 359 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Star RB Duke Johnson not only led the team in rushing with 93 yards and 1 touchdown, he also led the team in receiving with 5 catches for 84 yards. This could have been a big win for Miami, but they will now have to refocus as they face another tough opponent this weekend.
This should be one of the best games on television this weekend. I believe this game will be competitive all the way down to the end and the team with the ball last might come away with the victory. Duke is experienced on both sides of the ball and they have a great coach. Miami also has a great coach but their player personnel, while talented and athletic, make too many mistakes and they are too inconsistent for me to back right now. I’m taking Duke with the points in this one and I wouldn’t be surprised if the won outright.