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#330 Duke -10.5
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Syracuse Orange vs. Duke Blue Devils

Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

When: Saturday, November 16, 4:00 PM. ET.

The Duke Blue Devils will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon.

Orange Going For First ACC Win

The Orange have struggled in conference play this season, losing all five contests against ACC teams. They will be trying to snap their current losing streak and pick up their first conference win of the season when they play the Blue Devils on Saturday.

Syracuse was embarrassed defensively in their last game, giving up 691 total yards at home against Boston College. The poor defensive performance led to the team parting ways with its defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. With the Blue Devils expected to try to exploit their poor run defense, the Orange will have to play significantly better than they did against the Eagles if they want to pick up the win.

Offensively, the Orange are a decent team, averaging 24.1 points per game. They have done well throwing the ball, averaging 252 passing yards per game, which is 44th in the country.

Tommy DeVito has been the key to Syracuse’s offensive success, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,075 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. They will need a big game from him to beat the Blue Devils.

Blue Devils Going For Fourth Consecutive Win Over Orange

The Blue Devils have dominated the Orange in recent years and have won the last three meetings between the two teams. They will try to make it four wins in a row when they renew their rivalry with the Orange on Saturday.

Duke has played well offensively, averaging 27.1 points per game. They have the 73rd ranked ground game in the country and will try to exploit Syracuse’s run defense, which gave up over 400 yards in their last game.

Deon Jackson has been Duke’s top runner this season, leading the team with 539 yards and five touchdowns. Expect a big game from him if the Orange struggle to stop the run.

The Blue Devils haven’t been great on the defensive edn, giving up 27.1 points per game. They have played well against the pass, holding opponents to 203.8 passing yards per game and will need to keep playing well to keep Syracuse’s offense in check.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Blue Devils are the best bet here because the Orange’s defense has been shredded by opposing offenses this season, leading their head coach to fire his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach after the team gave up 414 rushing yards and five touchdowns in their last game. The Blue Devils have a good ground game that is averaging 158.2 yards per game and should have a big game against the Orange, who are giving up 197.3 rushing yards per game. The Blue Devils will also be able to move the ball through the air against the Orange, who are giving up 259.3 passing yards per game. With their defense giving up 691 total yards at home in their last game, don’t expect the Orange to put up much of a fight on the road.

Prediction: Duke Blue Devils -10.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Blue Devils are averaging 27.2 points per game and will go over their season average against the Orange, who are giving up 30.7 points per game. The Orange struggle defensively, but their offense is capable of putting up a lot of points and will go over their 24.1 points average against the Blue Devils, who are giving up almost 30 points per game.

Prediction: Over 54

Half-Time Side Pick

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Even though they have struggled in recent weeks, the Orange will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Blue Devils in the first half of their last three games, averaging 9.7 points per game while the Blue Devils average 3.3 points per game.

Prediction: Syracuse Orange +6.5

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The Blue Devils and Orange are averaging 13 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under 27.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.