Miami vs. Duke Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Miami is favored on the road, as the Hurricanes are getting odds of -7 points against Duke. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 56 points. Miami has won three straight meetings with Duke and the two have hit the over in five of their last six encounters. Friday’s game takes place from Wallace Wade Stadium in Miami, Florida. The contest airs live on ESPN.
Miami has played in just two games this season due to Hurricane Irma. The Canes are 2-0 with wins over Bethune Cookman and Toledo. Miami is 1-1 with the over/under total. The reason for the under was on the defense, as the Hurricanes are giving up just 21.5 points and 389.5 yards per game. Offensively, Miami has looked good, averaging 46.5 points and 571 yards per game. The Canes look very balanced on offense as Malik Rosier has thrown for 550 yards and six touchdowns while Mark Walton has rushed for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Travis Homer has added 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Duke is off to a surprising 4-0 start to the season, including wins over Baylor, North Carolina and Northwestern. The Blue Devils are 2-2 with the over/under total so far. Duke has been led by its defense, which is giving up just 15.3 points and 261.5 yards per game. Their run defense is holding opponents to 65.3 yards per game. Offensively, Duke is averaging 40.5 points and 470 yards per game. Duke also has a balanced attack as Daniel Jones has thrown for 904 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 141 yards and three scores. Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown have combined for 674 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Duke seems to be real. The Blue Devils have played some respectable competition, especially offensive competition, and passed with flying colors. The Duke run defense should be able to slow down Miami and turn it into a passing-only offense on Friday. I think the Canes will struggle if that’s the case. Duke should also have trouble with the team speed of the Miami defense. Duke has hit the under in seven of its last nine at home and I see another under in this one.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: MIAMI/DUKE UNDER 56