Free Week 1 Prediction: Dukes vs Minutemen Odds
Looking for Duquesne Dukes vs. UMass Minutemen free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Dukes taking on the Minutemen Saturday August 25th at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Duquesne Massachusetts free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Duquesne Dukes vs. UMass Minutemen (0-0)
Date: Saturday August 25th 2018
Time: 5:30 pm EST
Venue: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
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The college football season is set to get underway on August 25th with a small slate of contests.
This won’t be just a walk over game for the Minutemen, as they get set to take on FCS participant Duquesne on Saturday, August 25th.
You’ll typically see a lot of these FCS team be pushovers and get knocked around in these types of games.
That however is not the case here as the Dukes come in off what should be considered a very successful season. Duquesne grabbed 7 wins last season and will get their shot at two FBS schools here in 2018.
It’s not a secret what this offense tries to do either. They will come at you with the air attack, one of which is ceraintly tough to slow down.
Last season, Duquesne threw for 420 yards per game, which was near the top of the FCS rankings. One player to watch here will be WR Nehari Crawford.
Crawford is a dual threat who can return punts/kicks as well. He will be intregrated as a big part of this passing offense after sitting in the shadows the past couple seasons. With his abilities and breakaway speed, he will be a key component to keeping this passing game flowing.
Along with that, the defensive pass rush is another key to watch here. The Dukes ranked atop the Northeast Conference last season at getting to the QB and with the Minutemen lacking a lot on the offensive line, the Dukes should find themselves in the backfield a lot.
The Minutemen are going to attack at will here with their offensive firepower.
This is a team that can get you in a variety of ways with so many different attacks.
Looking at the QB spot first, QB Andrew Ford returns this season after what was an extremely successful 2017 campaign. Ford finished with 2924 yards through the air, while throwing for 22 touchdowns compared to just 4 interceptions.
He is the driving factor in this offense and we’ve also seen his ability to utilize his legs and take off.
Along with Ford, WR Andy Isabella is also in store for another big season. Isabella finished 2017 with 65 receptions and 1020 yards. He is Ford’s main target, especially in the red zone as he found himself finishing with 11 receiving touchdowns.
This is a dual threat offense that will establish a run game early and look to beat you with the deep passes down field.
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The Dukes are simply no pushover. Given the state of this UMass defense, we could end up seeing a shootout in this one.
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This is one where the Dukes will put their share of points up, but ultimately just fall short given the firepower the UMass offense has.
Look for Ford to start things off right where he left them in 2017, with a stellar performance in a win for the Minutemen.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Massachusettes 48 – Duquesne 31
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