Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/18/14
Virginia Cavaliers (4-2) at Duke Blue Devils (5-1)
College Football: Saturday
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -2.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Wallace Wade Stadium to play the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon.
The Virginia Cavaliers improved to 4-2 on the year after beating Pittsburgh at home 24-19 two weeks ago. The Cavaliers have won two straight after losing at BYU 41-33 back in September. Virginia has beaten the likes of Richmond, Louisville, Kent State, and now Pittsburgh, while losing to UCLA and BYU. The Cavaliers are allowing an average of 22.5 points per game, which ranks 47th in the country. Virginia’s defense has played well since giving up 41 points on the road at BYU. The Virginia offense is averaging 31.7 points per game. The Cavaliers are averaging 220 passing yards and 177 rushing yards per game this season. Sophomore QB Matt Johns has thrown for 687 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. Junior WR Canaan Severin leads all receivers with 21 catches for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. Senior RB Kevin Parks has played great this year, rushing for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Cavaliers. This will be Virginia’s second road game of the year.
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The Duke Blue Devils are 5-1 on the year after a big win at Georgia Tech 31-25 last weekend. Duke won their first four games of the season before losing at Miami. After a bye week, the Blue Devils bounced back with a big win over the Yellow Jackets. On the year, the Duke defense is allowing only 15.5 points per game on averages, which ranks 7th in the country. The Blue Devils have only allowed over 20 points twice this season against Miami and Georgia Tech. The Duke offense is averaging 35.8 points per game. The Blue Devils are averaging 205 passing yards and 228 rushing yards per game. Senior QB Anthony Boone has thrown for 1,186 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. Senior WR Jamison Crowder has played great, hauling in 32 balls for 372 yards and 2 touchdowns. Freshman RB Shaun Wilson has rushed for 466 yards and 4 touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils. After playing back to back road games, the Blue Devils will head home where they will look to keep things rolling.
This will be a big game for both teams and it could have a big impact on who plays for the ACC championship this season. Duke is more experienced, better coached, and a more talented team across the board in my opinion. Virginia is one to two years away from being am elite team in the ACC. Having said that, I’m going to back the better team at home in this one.