Free Week 1 Prediction: Black Knights vs Blue Devils Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Army Black Knightss vs. Duke Blue Devils (0-0)
Date: Friday, August 31
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Wallace Wade Stadium, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Duke -11.5
NCAA Betting Total: 48
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“Just a fantastic day to be able to represent the Army and the way we did.”
That quote, courtesy of Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken (via AP, h/t ESPN), came following Army’s big win against the Duke Blue Devils last season. That win came on Nov. 11 and ensured Army’s first unbeaten home schedule since 1996.
This time, Duke will have a chance to exact revenge on its own field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Army Black Knight
In 2017, Army was 66th in total offense accumulating 5,071 yards on the season. Three hundred and sixty of those yards came through the air, which put the team in dead last in the country. Four thousand seven hundred and ten of those yards came on the ground. That number was good enough for first in the nation.
So the question here is: Did the team that was dead last in passing and first in rushing actually score any points out of this approach?
On the year, the team was right about where you’d think they’d fall as a middle ground.
Army scored 30.7 points per contest in 2017, which was good enough to place them in 46th place in the country for the season.
Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils were 74th in total passing last season, racking up a total of 5,002 yards on the year. They were 79th in passing yards per contest, and they finished 56th in rushing yards per game.
On the season, all of this ended with the Blue Devils posting 26.5 points per contest, which put them in the 80th spot in the country.
Defensively, Duke finished 22nd in total defense, giving up just 4,025 yards on the year. That was made possible by a combination of their 11th-best passing defense and 58th-ranked rushing defense.
In total, the Blue Devils gave up 20.8 points per game—good enough for a finish in the top 25 in that category.
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- ARMY are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Fri. games.
- Under is 26-10-1 in ARMY last 37 games on grass.
- Under is 7-3 in ARMY last 10 road games.
- Under is 7-1 in DUKE last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 9-2 in DUKE last 11 games overall.
- DUKE are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.
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This is Duke’s chance for revenge for last season’s bad loss at the hands of the Black Knights.
The catch is that they’re not going to get it—even if they keep it close throughout.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army ATS
Duke’s defense is going to struggle against the run attack of Army. There’s really no way around that. The Blue Devils were excellent against the pass last season, but they’re not going to get that kind of offensive approach out of their opponent in this one.
In the spirit of a low-scoring contest, this game has a chance to remain close throughout.
But when it’s all said and done, Army will do what it does best and run straight to victory.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Army Black Knights 24 – Duke Blue Devils 20
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