Duke vs. Baylor - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (0-2) at Duke Blue Devils (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Wallace Wade Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down in Durham at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, September 16, the Baylor Bears and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up in Week 3 college football action.
Baylor is sitting at 0-2 to open up the season, following a 48-45 loss to Liberty in the opener and a 17-10 defeat at the hands of UTSA in Week 2. In that game, Bears QB Anu Solomon posted a 10-of-26 line for 121 yards, a TD and a pick. John Lovett was the top Baylor rusher with 18 carries for 72 yards. This year so far, Solomon has 399 yards with four touchdowns and two picks, while Lovett leads Baylor on 32 carries for 161 yards and two TDs. Chris Platt is the Bears’ lead receiver with 160 yards and two scores on seven receptions.
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Over on the Duke side, they’re sitting pretty at 2-0 so far after a pair of dominant wins over NC Central (60-7) and Northwestern (41-17). In that Northwestern game, Devils QB Daniel Jones went 29-of-45 for 305 yards, two scores and a pick. Jones also led Duke in rushing on 16 carries for 108 yards and two TDs.
This year so far, Jones has 518 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Britain Brown is the Devils’ lead receiver with 24 carries, 149 yards and one TD. TJ Rahming is tops for Duke in receiving with 147 yards on 14 receptions.
Baylor is 4-1 ATS in the last five versus the ACC and 2-7 ATS in the last nine games overall. The Bears are also 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games in September.
Meanwhile, Duke is 5-0 ATS in their last five home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. The Blue Devils are also 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall and 6-2 ATS in the last eight games on grass.
So far this year, these two teams have been heading in opposite directions. Baylor has more issues than a lot of people realized to open the season, and Duke simply seems to be cruising. Speaking of Duke, the Blue Devils have looked very good on both sides of the ball so far and have the capability of doing some real damage in the conference if they can keep it going. I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to think Duke won’t keep it going here so I’ll take the Blue Devils to cover.