Duke at Florida State: 12/12/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Florida State Seminoles (2-6) vs Duke Blue Devils (2-8)
Game Info: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:00pm (Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium)
Betting Odds: Florida State Seminoles -5 -- Over/Under: 57 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Duke Blue Devils will travel to Doak Campbell Stadium to take on the Florida State Seminoles this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Duke Blue Devils lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-8 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes, 48-0, this past Saturday. Duke was dominated on both ends of the field against the Hurricanes and had no chance in fighting back after falling behind by a 21-0 margin by halftime. Duke was outgained by Miami by a 524-177 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 5-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was RB Mataeo Durant who had 48 rushing yards on 10 carries.
On the season, Duke is averaging 23.8 ppg on 378.0 total yards per game (230.1 passing yds/g; 202.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Duke has been led by the RB duo of Mataeo Durant (107 att, 690 yards, 7 TD) and Deon Jackson (147 att, 648 yards, 4 TD). QB Chase Brice has completed 55.5% of his passes for 2,089 yards, 9 TD, & 13 INT. The top receiving threats for the Blue Devils have been Jake Bobo (31 rec, 349 yards, TD), Jalon Calhoun (35 rec, 328 yards, 2 TD), Jarett Garner (13 rec, 274 yards, 2 TD), and Noah Gray (27 rec, 261 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 36.3 ppg on 437.1 total yards per game (235.0 passing yds/g; 202.1 rushing yds/g).
The Florida State Seminoles has had their last two games postponed by Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 2-7 after being defeated by the NC State Wolfpack, 38-22, on November 14th. Florida State struggled defensively against NC State and could not fight back after falling behind by a 28-3 margin early in the 3rd quarter. Florida State was outgained by NC State by a 413-347 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin I the loss. Leading the way for the Seminoles was WR Ontaria Wilson who had 7 receptions for 117 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Florida State is averaging 22.0 ppg on 381.0 total yards per game (196.6 passing yds/g; 184.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Florida State has been led by QB Jordan Travis who has completed 52.2% of his passes for 4 TD & 5 INT while also leading the Seminoles in rushing with 469 yards & 6 TD. Travis was replaced by Chubba Purdy in their last game, however, with Purdy out of the season, we should see Travis back under center. Leading the way for the Florida Seminole backfield has been the duo of La’Damian Webb (69 att, 369 yards, 3 TD) and Jashaun Corbin (65 att, 329 yards, 2 TD). The top receiving threats for the Seminoles have been Ontaria Wilson (28 rec, 332 yards, 2 TD), Tamorrion Terry (23 rec, 289 yards, TD), Camren McDonald (22 rec, 248 yards, 2 TD), and Keyshawn Helton (14 rec, 119 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Florida State is allowing their opponents to average 36.1 ppg on 464.3 total yards per game (270.8 passing yds/g; 193.5 rushing yds/g).
The Blue Devils are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Seminoles are 8-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home game.
Both Duke and Florida State have had seasons to forget, however, I just can’t back a Duke team that just has had no answers in terms of protecting the football this season as they come into this game with 35 lost turnovers and a turnover margin of -17. Florida State has struggled offensively however, as Duke has allowed 160 points over their last three games, I think the Seminoles will be able to do enough to cover this home spread. Good Luck!