Trojans open as underdog vs Blue Devils

Troy Trojans Duke Blue Devils
2-2 September 28, 2013, 03:00 | Wallace Wade Stadium 2-2



The Blue Devils will do battle with the visiting Troy Trojans on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

The Trojans will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 1-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blue Devils are 3-1 ATS. Troy is 4-0 against the total, while Duke is 1-3 versus the number.

View Troy Trojans vs Duke Blue Devils Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Blue Devils sat as -10-point Favorite, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 96-rated Blue Devils and the No. 88-ranked Trojans, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 38-32 result in favor of the Blue Devils.

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In Duke's last outing, Brandon Connette threw for 323 yards in a losing cause against the Panthers, 58-55 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Duke's No. 47-ranked offense (35.5 PPG) against a Trojans defense that ranks No. 105 at 34.25 PPG. The Blue Devils passing attack has averaged 242.25 yards per game, less than the Trojans give up through the air (274.75 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Trojans feature the league's No. 15-rated road run defense, allowing 89 yards per game. Duke, meanwhile, ranks No. 61 in rushing offense at home.

A few Trojans at Blue Devils trends to consider:
Troy is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Troy is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Troy's last 11 games
Troy is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Duke is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Duke is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Duke is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games at home
Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home


Next up:
Troy at South Alabama, Saturday, October 5th
Duke at Navy, Saturday, October 12th