Duke vs. N.C. State Week 7 Pick
The N.C. State Wolfpack will look to improve to 4-1 on the season when they host Duke at 3:30 p.m. ET from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh this Saturday. Despite the disparity in records, are the Blue Devils a good bet to cover as a road dog this weekend?
119 Duke Blue Devils (+4.5) at 120 N.C. State Wolfpack (-4.5); o/u 59.5
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 17, 2020
Duke Blue Devils Game Notes
Duke junior RB Mataeo Durant rushed for 163 yards and two touchdown on 23 carries in Saturday's 38-24 win over Syracuse. When Duke's offense is humming -- it doesn't happen often -- it's because Durant and Deon Jackson are running wild. That was the case today. Durant (6'1/190) is a tough runner who can absorb contact and pinball forward. He's going to easily top last year's rushing yardage total of 461.
N.C. State Wolfpack Game Notes
NC State sophomore QB Devin Leary completed 11-of-25 passes for 184 yards and two scores in a 38-21 win over Virginia on Saturday. Completion percentage? Not great. Victories are nice, however, and Leary (6'2/202) did enough to lead the Wolfpack to their third win of the season. Both touchdown passes came in the first quarter; a five-yard connection with Trent Pennix and a 32-yarder to Cary Angeline. After that, the Wolfpack relied on their running game, but the sophomore signal-caller was able to make a couple of plays to keep the chains moving. Leary and NCSU will have a good chance to move to 4-1 next Saturday against Duke.
Duke vs. N.C. State Betting Prediction
The road team has covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings between these two teams while Duke is 4-1 against the number in the last five meetings. The Blue Devils are also 31-15-1 against the number in their last 47 games as an underdog and have cashed in 23 of their last 30 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous contest. On the other side, the Wolfpack are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games dating back to last season, are 1-6 against the number in their last seven games coming off a win and are 3-7 at the betting window in their last 10 conference games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 7 BETTING PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS +4.5