Duke vs. Pittsburgh - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke vs. Pittsburgh - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-5) at Duke Blue Devils (4-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm (Wallace Wade Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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On Saturday down in Durham at Wallace Wade Stadium, the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up in ACC college football action. 

The Panthers are 2-5 on the season this year, falling to Penn State, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and NC State. In that NC State game, Pittsburgh QB Ben Dinucci went 19-of-32 for 170 yards, a TD and a pick, while Kenny Pickett led the rush on four carries and a paltry 18 yards. 

So far this year, Dinucci has 612 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, and Qadree Ollison leads the Pittsburgh rush with 65 carries, 266 yards and four touchdowns. Rafael Araujo-Lopes is the top Panthers receiver on 32 catches for 389 yards and one TD. 

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Over on the Duke side, they’re sitting at 4-3 on the year opening up the season with a four-game win streak before falling in succession to Miami (FL), Virginia and Florida State. In that Seminoles game, Duke QB Daniel Jones had 204 yards on 22-of-35 passing; Shaun Wilson led the rush on 13 carries and 66 yards. 

On the season, Jones has 1398 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions, while Wilson is the top Blue Devils rusher on 88 carries, 506 yards and five scores. TJ Rahming leads Duke with 36 catches for 425 yards. 

Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in the last seven games following a straight-up loss and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games in October. The Panthers are also 1-6-2 ATS in their last nine games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 3-1-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record. Duke is also 22-8-2 ATS in the last 32 games in October and 1-4-1 ATS in they last six conference games. 

Pittsburgh isn’t a very good football team—I don’t think that’s in dispute. They’ve allowed 62 combined points in their last two games, and gave up at least 33 in their earlier three-game losing streak this year. As for Duke, they were blown out by Miami, then lost by seven to Virginia and allowed a late TD in the Florida State loss. Even with the three-game losing streak, the Blue Devils are in a good spot to take a convincing win here. I’ll take Duke for the cover.

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Andrew’s Pick Duke Blue Devils -8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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