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#181 Duke University Blue Devils -6.5 vs.
#182 Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders 52.5
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:00pm EDT
Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro
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This Saturday, there is a college football matchup between the Duke Blue Devils and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. These teams will face off at about 7:00 PM. This is game three of the regular season for both teams, which will take place at Floyd Stadium.

Duke Look For First Road Win Of The Season

The Duke Blue Devils entered the 2019 season with expectations of a slight rebuild following a great 2018 campaign. Last season, Duke went a respectable 8-5 overall but went 3-5 in conference play before beating Temple in the Independence Bowl by a score of 56-27. Now, Duke had the tough task of replacing its start quarterback Daniel Jones who became a top-six pick in the first round of this past NFL Draft. However, Duke’s offense has looked decent without Jones which should provide the fans some optimism about the program’s ability to qualify for another bowl game this season.

The starting quarterback for the Blue Devils is senior Quentin Harris who looked great in the second game of the regular season. Last week, he threw for 345 yards along with an impressive four passing touchdown and no interceptions as he led Duke to an easy 45-13 victory against North Carolina A&T at home. In addition, he also led the Blue Devils in rushing with 83 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Look for his dual-threat ability to be on display in this game.

So far this season, Duke has been okay on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Blue Devils rank 77th in the nation with 389.0 yards per game while also scoring 24.0 points per game which ranks tied for 87th. At the same time, Duke’s defense ranks 82nd in the nation in points allowed with 27.5 while also ranking 77th with just 381.0 yards allowed per game. However, these numbers are very skewed since Duke was forced to play against Alabama in week one so both units are better than the statistics might initially indicate.

Middle Tennessee State Looks For Home Upset Win

The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders entered the 2019 season with expectations of rebuilding following a solid 2018 campaign. Last season, Middle Tennessee State went 8-6 overall and even made it to the conference title game in which it lost to UAB by two points. To make matters worse, Middle Tennessee State then got embarrassed by Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl by a score of 45-13. However, Middle Tennessee State was given the difficult task of replacing quarterback Brent Stockstill who owns a ton of the program’s passing records. So far this season, Middle Tennessee State looks like an average football team but it has a chance to make a statement at home if it upsets an ACC team on Saturday.

The starting quarterback for the Blue Raiders is sophomore Asher O’Hara who has looked really good in the first two games of the regular season. So far this season, he has thrown for six touchdowns and 584 passing yards while also contributing one touchdown on the ground. Last week, he threw for 367 yards along with an impressive four passing touchdown and one interception as he led Middle Tennessee State to an easy 45-26 victory against Tennessee State at home. In addition, he also had 11 carries for 103 rushing yards which was the second-most on the team. Look for his dual-threat ability to be on display once again in this game.

So far this season, Middle Tennessee State has been a lot better offensively than it has defensively. Specifically, the Blue Raiders rank 51st in the nation with 453.0 yards per game while also scoring 33.0 points per game which ranks tied for 57th. At the same time, Middle Tennessee’s defense ranks 108th in the nation in points allowed with 33.0 while also ranking 113th with 460.0 yards allowed per game.

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Simply put, Duke is the much better team in this matchup and should be able to win this game by at least one touchdown. Even without Jones under center, Harris has done a great job filling in and I expect Middle Tennessee State to struggle to contain him in the pocket due to his above-average mobility. Plus, Duke is only 1-1 since it played Alabama in week one so I think this team is seriously undervalued as a whole. Give me the road team in this game as a result.

Prediction: Duke -6.5

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Simply put, I am not the biggest fan of either defense in this game and I think that this total is way too low. Both teams scored exactly 45 points last week so they have the ability to put up points in bunches if needed. Middle Tennessee State managed to score 21 points against a solid Michigan defense so it should be able to score at least 24 points in this game. At the same time, Middle Tennessee State’s defense gave up 26 points to an FCS opponent last week so I expect Duke to score at least 35 points. As a result, give me the over.

Prediction: Over 50.5
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