Duke at Virginia: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Duke at Virginia: 10/16/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers (4-2) vs Duke Blue Devils (3-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm (David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium)

Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 70 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers face off on Saturday in an ACC college football showdown at Scott Stadium. When these two faced off in September of 2020, Virginia was able to win 38-20.

Duke might not be the best team in the ACC, but they have been a team that has fought hard and has been competitive. Duke sits with a 3-3 record overall, but they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against Georgia Tech, Duke was competitive, but they couldn’t make the comeback late and were defeated by four points. Duke is averaging 31.5 points per game while their defense is giving up 28.83 points. Under center for Duke is Gunnar Holmberg who has thrown for 1,616 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. The offense at times has been inconsistent,and in this game, the offense is going to need to be good. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Virginia Cavaliers who sit with a 4-2 record and they have won two games in a row. Those two wins were by a combined three points, and they have done a good job of making winning plays late. Virginia is averaging 34.2 points per game while the defense is giving up 28.5 points. Virginia is a pass first team, and going forward a balanced attack could be helpful. Brennan Armstrong has been a star for this team throwing for 2,460 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions. In this game, Virginia needs to try and make this game a shootout. 

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Duke is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games. Virginia is 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite. Duke is 0-6 against the spread in their last six games against Virginia. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings. 

Duke doesn’t have a good defense and Armstrong is going to throw all over them in this one. Armstrong will throw for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns, and this game is going to get out of hand early. Virginia will win this game by at least two touchdowns, and that means a cover of the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Virginia -10

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