Clemson vs Duke Prediction - College Football Picks 9/4/23

Duke Blue Devils (0-0) vs Clemson Tigers (0-0)

Game Info: Monday, September 4, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium)

Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils +11 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Clemson Tigers will head up to Durham to face the Duke Blue Devils in ACC action this Monday night from Wallace Wade Stadium on ESPN.

Clemson Tigers Preview

Clemson went 11-3 last year, with a 8-0 record in ACC play. The Tigers failed to meet expectations last season, and they’ll seek different results here in 2023. Clemson scored 33.2 points per game, while passing for 232.4 yards per game, and rushing for 177.9 ypg. 

Cade Klubnik closed the season as the starter, and he will be QB1 heading into the 2023 season. The sophomore quarterback led the Tigers to an ACC Championship game win, and he totaled 697 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions thru two starts.

Will Shipley returns to lead the backfield, and after reaching the endzone in six of the final seven games, he finished with 1,182 rushing yards, 38 catches, and 15 touchdowns for the season.

Beaux Collins is the leading returning receiver after catching 22 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns.

The Clemson defense allowed 20.9 ppg.

Duke Blue Devils Preview

Duke went 9-4 last year, with a 5-3 record in ACC play. The Blue Devils broke through in a big way last season, improving by six wins, and having one of the best years in school history. Duke scored 32.8 points per game, while passing for 231.5 yards per game, and rushing for 184.2 ypg. 

Riley Leonard made great strides at quarterback last season for Duke, and he’ll be QB1 again here in 2023. Leonard passed for 2,794 yards with 20 touchdowns to six interceptions, while rushing for 636 yards and eleven more scores.

Senior backs Jordan Waters and Jaylen Coleman return to lead the backfield for the Blue Devils. Waters rushed for 561 yards and eight touchdowns, while Coleman gained 427 yards on 95 carries, and scored four times.

Duke also returns their top two receivers in Jalon Calhoun and Jordan Moore. Calhoun led the Blue Devils in receptions (56) and receiving yards (811), while Moore caught 55 passes for 673 yards and five scores.

The Duke defense allowed 22.1 ppg.


Corey’s Free Pick

Clemson was a letdown last season, while Duke went out and had one of the best season’s in school history, and with the hosts returning most of that squad, I think they’re going to put up a fight Monday night. Duke will have advantages of experience and home field, and after being two score underdogs all summer, you can bet that they’ll come out strong looking to prove last year wasn’t a fluke. Spot Duke the points for this ACC battle.

Corey’s Pick Duke to Cover

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