Duke Blue Devils 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Duke Blue Devils Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Duke Blue Devils: 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds: 1000/1

Duke football had a pretty rough ride in the 2019 season, but the team has a good shot at faring better in 2020. Last year, the Blue Devils came out of the gate pretty well all things considered, but a stagnant five-game losing streak sealed their fate on the way to a 5-7 overall finish. Get Free College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at Duke’s status heading into the 2020 season and break down their chances at hitting six wins. 

Duke has the misfortune of being an average team in a conference filled with average-to-good teams (and the Clemson juggernaut). That means pretty much every ACC matchup will be very competitive, and the Blue Devils will have to be on point with each game in order to eke out those tight wins. In 2019 Duke finished far off the pace, with a 3-5 conference record that left the team one spot out of the basement in the Coastal Division. 

With that being said, there’s reason for optimism with Duke in 2020. The team has some options at quarterback, and it’s looking like Clemson transfer Chase Brice could slot into that spot nicely. Brice had 1,023 pass yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions during the 2018 and 2019 seasons and should be a solid option. 

The Blue Devils will also need to clean up on defense, as they lost their top two tacklers from last year in Koby Quansah and Dylan Singleton. Another big season from running back Deon Jackson would help immensely as well. 

Duke’s schedule isn’t overly daunting, but there are some scary-looking matchups on there. Hitting the road on Halloween to go play Notre Dame will be the toughest game of the year, and the Blue Devils get to finish off the season with another rough road game in Miami. 

That said, Duke certainly has a clear path to hit the six-win mark. A 3-0 start is certainly possible, and the Blue Devils could make some noise with an early road win at Pitt. 

Pick: I’m higher on Duke this season than some others, so I’m going with the over. Provided the Blue Devils take care of business early in the season, there are certainly another three or four wins in conference play. Sure, there are a few matchups where Duke will get destroyed, and the team isn't going to scare anyone just yet, but all in all I think they’ll be competitive and should greatly improve last year’s poor results. 

 

2020 Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule 

Day, Date                            Opponent 

Saturday, September 5           Middle Tennessee 

Saturday, September 12         Elon 

Thursday, September 17         Charlotte 

Saturday, September 26         At Pitt 

Saturday, October 3               Wake Forest 

Saturday, October 10              At NC State 

Saturday, October 17              North Carolina 

Saturday, October 24             OPEN

Saturday, October 31             At Notre Dame

Saturday, November 7           At Georgia Tech 

Friday, November 13              Virginia 

Saturday, November 21          Virginia Tech 

Saturday, November 28          At Miami (FL) 

Saturday, December 5            ACC Championship 

Andrew’s Pick Over 5.5 Wins

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