Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Duke Blue Devils - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (3-4) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACCN, CHSS
Headed our way from Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta on Saturday, October 29, the Duke Blue Devils will be visiting the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Week 9 ACC college football action.
Duke enters play this weekend with a 3-4 record on the year, and they’re fresh off a 24-14 loss to Louisville on October 14. In that game, the Blue Devils played admirably, with QB Daniel Jones going 14-of-21 for 129 yards and two TDs. TJ Rahming led the Duke receivers with seven catches for 83 yards, while Jela Duncan couldn’t get much going on the ground with 12 carries for 44 yards.
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So far this year, Jones is 146-of-233 for 1584 yards and a 9:8 TD:INT ratio for the Blue Devils, while Duncan sits on 78 carries for 398 yards and four scores. Anthony Nash is atop the Duke receivers with his 29 catches for 398 yards and two TDs.
Over on the Georgia Tech side, they’re entering play here with a 4-3 record on the year and took a 35-24 victory over Georgia Southern in their most recent game. During that game, Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas didn’t have to do much through the air with a 7-of-11 line for one touchdown, but he did snag 78 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Dedrick Mills led the Yellow Jackets’ running game with his 13 carries for 89 yards and a pair of scores, while Clinton Lynch came up with two big catches for 81 yards and a TD.
On the season, Thomas is 48-of-91 for four touchdowns and 760 yards, while Mills is doing most of the heavy lifting for Georgia Tech with 95 carries, 446 yards and nine scores. Ricky Jeune is the Jackets’ top receiver on 16 catches for 227 yards and one TD.
The Blue Devils are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a bye week, and 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 games in October. Duke is also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games, and 2-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech is 8-3 in their last 11 games following an ATS win, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win. Georgia Tech is also 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games on grass, and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven conference games.
There’s not a whole lot to like here; both Duke and Georgia Tech each have their own flaws. That said, Duke has scored just 47 points in their last three games combined, and they’re 1-2 in that span. As for Georgia Tech, they’ve been losing but have scored at least 21 points in each of their last three games. I like the Yellow Jackets’ offense and hometown crowd here, so I’ll take Georgia Tech to cover.