Virginia vs. Duke - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia vs. Duke
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:31 PM (Scott Stadium)
UVA -3.5 O/U 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils are set to visit Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia for an ACC clash against the Virginia Cavaliers. The Duke Blue Devils come into this matchup with a 4-2 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 41-23. QB Quentin Harris wasn’t asked to do much through the air for the Blue Devils as he connected on 11 of his 20 pass attempts for 176 yards while also adding in a rushing TD. RB Deon Jackson had an efficient game on the ground as the junior ran for 69 yards and 2 TDs.
The Duke Blue Devils struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they allowed them to score 23 points and rack up a total of 379 yards of offense. Junior LB Brandon Hill and Senior LB Koby Quansah had a busy game for the Duke defense as they combined for 22 tackles and 2.5 TFL. Junior DE Victor Dimukeje got into the Georgia Tech backfield a handful of times as he contributed 3 sacks and a forced fumble.
The Virginia Cavaliers come into this matchup with a 4-2 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent road game against the Miami Hurricanes, 17-9. QB Bryce Perkins had a busy game through the air for the Cavaliers as he connected on 25 of his 42 pass attempts for 252 yards. Senior WR Hasise Dubois was the top target for Perkins and Virginia as he hauled in 7 catches for 93 yards.
The Virginia Cavaliers were good on the defensive side of the ball as they held the Miami Hurricanes to 17 points and a total of 265 yards of offense. Junior safety Joey Blount led the way for the Virginia defense with 8 tackles and half a TFL. Sophomore LB Noah Taylor had a productive game for the Cavaliers as he contributed 6 tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 1 sack. Junior CB Nick Grant had a productive game from the secondary as he contributed 2 pass deflections.
The Virginia Cavaliers struggled on the offensive side of the ball against Miami, and while the Duke defense isn’t as good as that unit, they will follow a similar game plan. The Duke Blue Devils have an amazing dual-threat QB in Quentin Harris as he has thrown for 1183 yards and 11 TDs while also adding in 380 rushing yards and 5 TDs. The Blue Devils should give a very good Virginia defense some fits due to how versatile the unit is, and given the fact that they are coming off a bye week is a reason why I think they keep this game close.