The Duke Blue Devils enter this one with confidence after thrashing Georgia Tech by a 41-23 score on Saturday to improve to 2-1 in ACC play. The Blue Devils’ two losses occurred against Alabama in week one, and Pittsburgh in their second ACC clash of the season. Duke features a 2-1 road record.
The Virginia Cavaliers are scuffling. They opened the season with four consecutive wins and have since lost two straight games. The Cavaliers lost to #10 Notre Dame in week five, followed by a 17-9 road loss against Miami last Friday night. Virginia is a perfect 3-0 on their home field. They fell out of the AP Top 25 rankings this week due to their loss to Miami. The Cavaliers posted a 28-14 road win against Duke last season.
Duke Stomps Georgia Tech in Second ACC Win
The Duke Blue Devils will be targeting their third straight road win in this one. They tallied a big 45-10 road win against Virginia Tech in their ACC opener. Duke’s offense was sizzling in their 41-23 home win against Georgia Tech last week. Quentin Harris is having a remarkable season in his first year as the #1 QB in place of Daniel Jones, collecting 1183 passing yards with an 11:4 TD to INT ratio. Harris can burn opponents on the ground as well as he leads Duke with 380 rushing yards.
Duke’s #1 RB Deon Jackson has rushed for over 60 yards in two straight games which included 69 yards against Georgia Tech. The junior WR has tallied five rushing touchdowns in his last four games, and he is up to 361 rushing yards.
Jalon Calhoun is developing chemistry with QB Quentin Harris. The freshman WR has made nine receptions in his last two games which included 68 receiving yards last week. Calhoun now has 254 receiving yards on the year. The Duke offense is consistently scoring, notching at least 30 points in each game with the exception of their 42-3 loss to Alabama in week one.
The Blue Devils defense is playing well. They have posted a few weak performances but overall Duke has contained their opposition. They rank 60th against the pass and 48th against the run. The Blue Devils are scoring an average of 34.8 points, ranking them 38th overall. The Duke defense is holding opponents to 23.2 points, placing them 47th in the FBS.
Virginia's Offensive Woes Resume in Second Straight Loss
The Virginia Cavaliers have reached a critical point in their season. They looked great in their 4-0 start but have faced tough opponents in their last two games which resulted in losses to Notre Dame, followed by a 19-7 road loss to Miami last Friday night in a game that had the Cavaliers as 2.5 point underdogs. Bryce Perkins is racking up notable passing yards lately, however, he has onlytossed two touchdowns against two interceptions in his last two games. The senior QB has accrued 1429 passing yards with an 8:6 TD to INT ratio on the season.
Virginia has received very little production on the ground. Their leading rusher Wayne Taulapapa has only registered 91 rushing yards over his last three games, and a total of 210 yards on the year. Bryce Perkins is second in team rushing with 191 yards.
Watch out for Hasise Dubois who should be targeted heavily in this one. The senior WR brought in 143 receiving yards in the loss to Notre Dame, and he has accumulated 427 receiving yards on the season. Dubois is dealing with a head injury, but he is expected to play. The Cavaliers have struggled to generate significant offense in their last two games, scoring only a combined 29 points.
The Virginia defense is their greatest strength. They have neutralized their opponent in each game with the exception of the 35-20 road loss to Notre Dame. and they are stellar against both the pass and run. Virginia was dealt a tough blow with the season-ending injury to #1 corner Bryce Hall who was expected to be a 1st round NFL pick. The Cavaliers are scoring an average of 28.3 points, ranking them 74th overall. They are allowing an average of 20.7 points, placing them 35th in the FBS.
The Duke Blue Devils are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against Virginia.
- 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 September games.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
The Virginia Cavaliers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.