Duke Blue Devils vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Huskies (+22)
Pratt & Whitney Stadium is the location where the Connecticut Huskies (0-3) will take on the Duke Blue Devils (3-0) on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Connecticut opens this game as 22-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 48.
The Duke Blue Devils head into this matchup 3-0 for this season. In their last matchup, the Blue Devils faced off with the Northwestern Wildcats and earned the victory with a final of 38-14. Riley Leonard went 15/20 with 219 yards through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 167 and ended the game with no picks. Riley Leonard led the offense in rushing for the Blue Devils with 13 carries for 97 yds (7.5 yds per carry). The Duke Blue Devils ran the ball 40 times and accumulated 268 yds, which had them averaging 6.7 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 60 plays which gave them a total of 487 yards. Duke allowed 22 completions on 40 attempts for a total of 163 yards, and a completion rate of 55.0%. When it came to stopping the run, the Blue Devils conceded 104 yards on 30 tries, which is an average of 3.5 yds per run allowed.
Regarding scoring points, the Duke Blue Devils are averaging 36.0 PPG. As a unit they are averaging 242.7 yards on the ground which is 5th in Division 1. The Blue Devils currently have 1,376 total yards for the year. In terms of getting in the endzone, Duke has compiled 2 touchdowns through the air and 12 touchdowns via the ground. Duke has accounted for 71 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 12 penalties for 85 yds. They have turned the ball over 3 times.
The Blue Devils are ranked 5th in college football when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 9.3 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per tote and 147.7 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 443 rushing yards through 3 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Blue Devils have conceded 459 yds which puts them in 12th in D-1. They have conceded 153.0 yards per game via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 57.3%. Over the course of this season, they are conceding 300.7 yards per game putting them at 41st in D-1. They have conceded 3 touchdowns by air as well as 1 touchdown via the ground game.
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The Huskies head into this matchup 0-3 for this season. In their last game, the Huskies took a loss by a score of 24-17 when they played the FIU Panthers. Ta'Quan Roberson (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 170 yds on 15/32 passing while his QB rate was 101.8. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per attempt was 5.3. Devontae Houston carried the ball 19 times for 126 yards, finishing the contest with 6.6 yds per attempt for Connecticut. Connecticut ran the ball for 4.3 yds per attempt, totaling 173 yards on 40 carries. The Huskies finished the game with 343 yds and they ran 72 plays (4.8 yards per play). The Huskies secondary gave up a completion percentage of 55.6%, relinquishing 284 yds on 15 for 27 through the air. Connecticut gave up 33 rush attempts for 80 yards (2.4 yds per rush).
The Connecticut Huskies average 314.0 yards/contest, which is good for 117th in the nation. The Connecticut offense has 186 yds of penalties on 20 infractions, which has them sitting 51st in college football in terms of helping out the opposition. They are averaging 127.7 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 383 yards for the season. They have thrown 2 interceptions while surrendering 2 fumbles and they have been able to record 54 first downs. In terms of the points being put on the board, the Huskies rank 126th in D-1 averaging 15.0 points per game. For the year thus far, the Huskies have earned 559 passing yards along with an average of 186.3 throwing yards per game, which has them ranked 107th in D-1.
Connecticut has surrendered a total of 539 yards rushing (179.7 yards per outing) as well as 8 touchdowns on the ground this year. They have allowed 3 touchdowns through the air and 194.3 yards/outing, which has them in 42nd in Division 1. They have compiled 1 fumble recovered and 0 picks this season. The Huskies defense has been on the field for 203 plays, which has them sitting 83rd in college football. The Huskies are giving up 27.7 points per game, which puts them 93rd in the nation. This season, they have conceded 83 pts.
Who will win tonight's Blue Devils/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies +22
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