Duke vs. Army Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Duke vs. Army fearless prediction and game preview.
Duke (4-5) vs. Army (7-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
Network: CBS Sports Network
What happened to Duke?
It looked and played like an absolute world-beater over the first month of the season – it destroyed Northwestern 41-17 – and then the offense went bye-bye.
Losers of five straight, lose this, and the Blue Devils have to beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest to become bowl eligible.
Army is already locked into the Armed Forces Bowl, and now it’s just being showy.
After potentially screwing up Air Force’s season, now the Knights are on a five-game winning streak with North Texas and Navy to close. There’s a real possibility now of a ten-win season – including the bowl game.
One Reason Why Duke Will Win
As always with Army it’s this simple – can you handle the running game?
The Blue Devils have been practicing against cut-blocks and the option possibilities, but as is, they’ve got the linebackers and run defense to keep the Black Knights from going off.
Army beat Air Force without throwing a pass – running for 392 yards and three scores. It can’t throw, won’t throw, doesn’t need to throw.
Duke has given up rushing yards over the last few weeks – it couldn’t stop Pitt and had problems with Florida State – but it can give up 300 yards and be fine.
The D is great at getting into the backfield, and it knows how to attack. The team also knows how to hang on to the ball and control the clock, but …
One Reason Why Army Will Win
Army does almost everything right.
It doesn’t turn the ball over, it dominates the time of possession, and owns third downs.
Who needs to throw?
Duke needs to take advantage of every opportunity, and that’s going to be a problem for an offense that’s struggling to run – averaging under three yards per carry over the last few games – and with Daniel Jones and the passing game hitting a wall, completing fewer than half of his passes over the last two games.
The Army formula works no matter what. It’s going to run. It’s going to keep the ball for over 35 minutes. It’s not going to give away any cheap points.
What’s Going To Happen
This is just the second game against a Power Five team – losing 38-7 to Ohio State in the other. Duke might be struggling and sputtering, but Army has built up its win total against a whole slew of bad teams.
How many bowl-certain teams have the Black Knights beaten? Zero.
Duke might have problems, and it’ll have to get through the fight and be patient. but the defense will come through in the fourth to survive.
Duke vs. Army Prediction
Duke 27, Army 17
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