Duke 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Duke 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Duke Blue Devils Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Duke: O/U 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds: +50000

The Duke Blue Devils will be looking to improve off of a losing record from the 2019 campaign.  Duke finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (5-7), while going (3-5) during ACC play.  The offense averaged 25.2 points per game, which ranked 94th at the FBS level. The defense was a tad bit better, allowing 29.2 per contest, which ranked 77th.  The program is under the direction of David Cutcliffe.    

The offense will be looking to overcome the loss of starting quarterback from a season ago, as Quentin Harris was a senior.  Harris passed for 2,078 yards, while throwing 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The quarterback rushed for 7 touchdowns as well.  Chris Katrenick looks to be in line for a chance at the starting job for the 2020 season. Katrenick passed for 49 yard on 3 completions, while throwing a touchdown and interception.  Running back Deon Jackson rushed for 641 yards and 6 touchdowns, he returns for the 2020 season. The leading receiver from last season was freshman Jalon Calhoun. Calhoun hauled in 46 receptions for 420 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

As a team the defense collected 35 sacks and 9 interceptions.  The defense was led by senior Koby Quansah. Quansah led the team in tackles with 105.  As a junior Victor Dimukeje led the team in sacks with 8.5. Chris Rumph II added 6.5 sacks as a sophomore.  The secondary was guided by safety Marquis Waters with 2 interceptions and 7 pass break ups. Dimukeje, Rumph, and Waters all have years of eligibility left.   

Let us take a look at the Duke schedule for the 2020 season.

Sept. 5 Middle Tennessee

Sept. 12 Elon

Sept. 17 Charlotte

Sept. 26 at Pitt

Oct. 3 Wake Forest

Oct. 10 at NC State

Oct. 17 North Carolina

Oct. 31 at Notre Dame

Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech

Nov. 13 Virginia

Nov. 21 Virginia Tech

Nov. 28 at Miami

Duke opens the season with their non-conference slate.  The non ACC games are Middle Tennessee State, Elon, and Charlotte.  All 3 of those Duke non-conference games will be home matchups. Charlotte was the only one to have had a winning record from the 2019 season. Towards the middle of the season Duke hits the road for their last non-conference meeting against Notre Dame. 

Duke returns most of their core players, except for the quarterback spot.  However, the Blue Devils face both Wake Forest and North Carolina at home this season.  Duke should have an above average chance to win both these games. Duke should have 5 wins heading into a matchup on the road against Georgia Tech.  Duke should get 3 wins in non-conference play and then 2 solid chances at a win against UNC and Wake Forest. Georgia Tech does not have a very solid team this season, which gives Duke a chance to cover the win total with a win. The Blue Devils also face NC State on the road, who was just 1-7 in ACC play a year ago.  I’m going to take the over, as Duke should have an above average chance to at least go 6-6 for the season and have a chance at a bowl game.            

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