The Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils get Friday night kicked off with a matchup at Duke University. Duke are feeling pretty good going into tonight, they have a perfect record of 4-0 and are already just two wins away from clinching a bowl game. They have a lot more in mind than merely getting to a bowl game, though. Remember, Duke was playing in the ACC Championship not so long ago. Jameis Winston and FSU made sure that’s as far as they went, though. The Blue Devils aren’t a pushover of a program anymore, though they were down in 2016. Last season Duke failed to reach a bowl game, their last game coming against Miami in 2016, a 40-21 win for the Hurricanes.
Miami hasn’t been playing much football this year due to an actual hurricane. They’re 2-0 with wins over Bethune Cookman and Toledo. The Hurricanes were on upset watch in the first-half, but made it look easy later, pulling away for an easy win of 52-30. Duke comes off a win over their rivals, the North Carolina Tar Heels. This will be their biggest game of the year, though. They beat Baylor and Northwestern as well, but Miami will be the hardest game yet. If anything, the hurricane should cause Miami to be well-rested over the rest of the year
You think it doesn’t mean much, but the added hits and contact make a huge difference on a player. Duke opened up on September 2nd, so they haven’t had much of a chance for a breather. They haven’t seemed to need a breather thus far, with a 4-0 record and a chance to get into the top 25 after tonight. A win over Miami would constitute an appearance as a ranked team. The Hurricanes are currently 14th in the country. They don’t have Brad Kaaya anymore, but they’re still a dangerous team nonetheless. If Kaaya was still at Miami, they’d have a real contender. Head below for our free Miami vs. Duke pick to get the weekend started.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Odds:
vs. Duke +6.5(-110)
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Miami vs. Duke Pick:
Miami came out sleepwalking against Toledo, but in the end the score wasn’t even close. The Canes pulled away for a 52-30 win after they were down 16-10 at the half. Whatever woke them up worked, because Miami went on to notch 42 points in the second-half. First-year starter Malik Rosier has looked good filling in for the departed Brad Kaaya.
He’s passed for 6 touchdowns and 1 interception with a 68.8 completion percentage. Running back Mark Walton has been the propeller of the Hurricanes’ offense, though. He is rushing for a whopping 13 yards per carry. Yes, it’s against Bethune Cookman and Toledo, but 13 yards a carry against anyone is impressive.
The Blue Devils counter with a tremendous defense against the run, allowing just 65.3 yards per game rushing. They haven’t seen a team as talented as the Miami offense. Not nearly as athletic and fast at all positions. Neither team has played anybody yet, but I give the nod to Miami with the best win over Toledo. The Rockets are not a creampuff.
For Duke, I do not like how their schedule works out here. They are fresh off a rivalry game, beating UNC and now have to deal with Miami the following week. A letdown would be fitting, but I don’t know if you can call it a letdown against a team ranked in the top 15. Everyone will jump on Duke with the points at home, given how they’re 4-0, but Miami is vastly superior to the Blue Devils in every area on the field. Don’t discount the fact that the Hurricanes have less mileage on their legs as well. I like Miami to use this opportunity to show the country that they are a great team.
PICK: MIAMI -6.5 (-110)