Duke Blue Devils (9-4) at Tulane Green Wave (3-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday September 3, 2015, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +13.5 -- Over/Under: 47
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The Duke Blue Devils will travel to Yulman Stadium to take on Tulane Thursday night.
Tulane is coming off of a rough 3-9 season. Tulane returns 13 starters returning with some talented players including starting quarterback Tanner Lee. He had a rough freshman season but has shown signs of promise. Tulane will have a more experienced receiving group with most of the starters returning. The Green Wave return 4 offensive linemen, which should help the trio of running backs have a better year. Tulane’s defense has been their strength the past couple of seasons. Tulane will have to replace leading tackler Sam Scofield. Safety Darion Monroe is back for his senior year and will be the leader of this defense. The key to Tulane’s season will be the play of their offense and defensive line, if they can block better and supply more pressure Tulane can have a good year.
The Duke Blue Devils return 12 starters from last season. Quarterback Thomas Sirk will take over as the starter this season. Duke has a lot of question marks at receiver and will need someone to step up and make some big plays for this offense. Duke will likely run the ball more this season with their two running backs Jela Duncan and Shaun Wilson. Duke’s defense returns all of their secondary starters from last season. The Blue Devils have questions marks up front and will need players to step up and apply pressure. Duke lost arguably their best defender for the season in Kelby Brown who suffered a knee injury this summer. Duke has proven that they can play in the ACC and will have their work cut out for them this year.
The Duke Blue Devils are 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 road games and 5-1-1 against the spread in their last 7 non-conference games. The Tulane Green Waves are 3-8 in their last 11 games in September and 0-4 against the spread in their last 4 games against ACC opponents.
There will be nerves being the first game of the year so expect both teams to start off shaky, but I expect Dukes offense to be to much for Tulane to handle. Il take duke to cover the spread.