Miami vs. Duke Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Miami vs. Duke fearless prediction and game preview.
Miami (2-0) vs. Duke (4-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Friday, September 29th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
Duke football appears to be strong.
Forgetting that the schedule isn’t quite as strong as it first appeared, no one could’ve imagined that the Blue Devils would be 4-0 going into this game with blowout, double-digit wins over Northwestern, Baylor and North Carolina. And now, they get three home games in the next four with the road game at Virginia.
They get the bad break of having to play Florida State from the Atlantic and needing to travel to Virginia Tech, but win this, and all of a sudden this isn’t just a cute story anymore.
Miami is still an unknown. With only two games so far against Bethune-Cookman and Toledo, now it’s on. Now, the Hurricanes have to deal with a real showdown against this strong Duke team, and then it’s off to Florida State.
Win these two, and with five of the next six games at home before finishing up with a road game at Pitt, the Coastal might be all about when Virginia Tech comes to Miami Gardens on November 4th.
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
As good as the Duke offense has been, it doesn’t shoot the ball down the field. With all the talent and all of the athleticism in the Miami linebacking corps, the D should be able to swarm all over all of the short-to-midrange throws that have been turning into big gains.
Offensively, very soon, Mark Walton will start getting the love among the best running backs in college football. Great last year with a 1,117-yard, 14 touchdown season, he was held to just 60 yards in the blowout win over Duke.
So far this season, he’s averaging a ridiculous 13 yards per carry with 352 yards and three scores the first two games. He hasn’t needed to be a workhorse yet, but he’s overdue to carry the offense.
One Reason Why Duke Will Win
It’s a smallish sample size, but after two games, Miami has had a nightmare of a time getting its defense off then field.
Bethune-Cookman is hardly an offensive powerhouse, but it was able to connect on 8-of-17 third down conversion. Toledo kept things rolling last week hitting 13-of-23 tries.
Duke’s offense has been a killer at keeping the chains moving.
The ultra-effective and efficient Blue Devils struggle on third downs against Baylor – converting just 4-of-18 tries – but it rolled against everyone else, converting 44% on the year.
It all ties together. As good as the Duke defense is, part of the reason is because it’s fresh – third down conversions are leading to being third in the nation in time of possession. And then that energized D is getting into the backfield, ranking fourth in the country in both sacks and tackles for loss.
What’s Going To Happen
That’s fine. Keep underestimating Duke, and keep watching it produce and and do big things.
But Miami is a whole lot better than Northwestern, Baylor and North Carolina.
It’s only been two games, but the combination of Walton running the ball and Malik Rosier’s solid passing will be enough to control the tempo of the game from the start.
Duke won’t be able to dominate the time of possession, the Blue Devil offense will have to start to press for the first time, and the Miami D will take over from there.
Duke will look fine, but Miami is just better.
Miami vs. Duke Prediction
Miami 33, Duke 23
Miami -6, o/u: 56
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