Saturday, December 5, 2020, Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina, 8 p.m. ET
Hurricanes at Blue Devils Betting Preview: Hurricanes (-15.5), Blue Devils (+15.5)
Miami Hurricanes Betting Preview
Miami will travel to face Duke for its first game in three weeks, ending a hiatus caused by a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
The No. 10 Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be playing for the first time since a 25-24 win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 14 when they visit Duke in a game that was set up after a scheduled trip to Wake Forest was canceled because of COVID-19 issues among the Demon Deacons.
It’s unclear who will be available for the Hurricanes against Duke, but coach Manny Diaz said his team would have enough players.
“There will be some unique challenges to this week just to get to Saturday with the way we can practice and the way we meet throughout the week,” Diaz said. “But we’re happy for the league to be able to arrange it to go get us a game.”
The Hurricanes still have a chance to reach the ACC championship game if they win their remaining games and if Clemson loses to Virginia Tech this week. If the Hurricanes win out, they could earn a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
“We do have a special team, and this team wants to finish what they started,” Diaz said. “We’re in December, we have one loss, and are in the top 10. Who knows what’s going to happen here the next few weeks?”
The Hurricanes have the third-best scoring defense in the ACC (24.8 points per game), led by senior Quincy Roche (11 tackles for loss) and junior Jaelan Phillips (five sacks).
Quarterback D’Eriq King has led the offense. He ranks fourth in the ACC in passing yards per game (260.8) and touchdown passes (17) and fifth in completion percentage (.637) and pass efficiency (149.0). King is also Miami’s second-leading rusher with 421 yards behind junior Cam’Ron Harris’ 471.
Duke Blue Devils Betting Preview
Duke (2-7, 1-7 ACC) was supposed to host Florida State this week before positive COVID-19 cases increased among the Seminoles.
The Blue Devils have won the last two meetings with Miami but have not had a lot of success in the win department this season with ball security a major issue.
They lead the nation with 30 turnovers and rank126th out of 127 FBS teams in turnover margin at minus-13. The issues continued last week with five giveaways in a 56-33 lost at Georgia Tech.
Junior quarterback Chase Brice has thrown an ACC-leading 13 interceptions and has the third-worst completion percentage (.535) and the second-worst quarterback rating (108.79) in the conference.
“A big part of turning the ball over was just getting out of sync,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “It’s hard to explain. It’s a unique time we’re going through and we tried like crazy to learn from it.”
Duke’s defense has surrendered an average of 427.4 yards a game with 200.1 coming on the ground. Containing Miami’s King will be a major priority.
“He looks like he has a great knowledge of what they’re trying to do,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s … a multi-threat player. And he takes advantage of everything a defense gives him.”
Hurricanes at Blue Devils Betting Pick for December 5, 2020
The series has been surprisingly competitive in recent years, partly because of Miami’s decline but also because of the rise of Duke.
The Hurricanes still lead the series 13-4 and Miami has won 12 of the 15 meetings since the two teams were placed in the ACC Coastal Division, but the Blue Devils have won the last two meetings, 27-17 last year in Durham and 20-12 in 2018 in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
Hurricanes at Blue Devils Betting Pick:
Hurricanes 41, Blue Devils 24
Hurricanes at Blue Devils Best Bet for December 5, 2020
Miami’s King gives the Hurricanes a big edge. The Blue Devils have averaged 26.4 points a game to Miami’s 33.2 average and give up 35 a game to Miami’s 24.8 average.
Hurricanes at Blue Devils Best Bet: OVER 60.5