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Blue Devils vs Hurricanes Betting Preview

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The goal for the Duke Blue Devils coming into this football season was to get back to a bowl; the Dukies have already taken care of that, with seven wins in their first nine games.

Now, believe it or not, Duke is shooting for bigger game; a spot in the ACC championship bout.

But to pull off that grand mission they'll need some help, and they'll have to take care of business of their own, beginning with a home game with the Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon in Durham (3:30 pm ET, ESPN2).

At 3-2 in ACC play Duke sits in a tie for third place, with Miami, in the Coastal Division. But first-place Georgia Tech has to play at Clemson this week, and the Blue Devils already own the head-to-head tie-breaker with second-place Virginia Tech.

The 'Canes, meanwhile, after a 7-0 start to this season, have lost their last two games, to Florida State and the Hokies. But they're not dead in the battle for the division title, either.

Miami has beaten Duke nine times in a row, by an average of 21 points per game. But last year the Hurricanes had to hang on in the end for a 52-45 victory.

In the early betting the Dukies, who are 7-2 ATS this season, were getting 3.5 points as home dogs from Miami.

Backers of the Blue Devils have seen them go 7-2 and 7-2 ATS so far this season, while the Hurricanes are at 7-2 and 4-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Hurricanes are 4-5, while the Blue Devils are 4-5.

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Bettors looking to back the visiting Hurricanes in this one found them as 3-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blue Devils rated this week at No. 48 and the Hurricanes sitting at No. 37. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 39-37 result in favor of the Blue Devils this week.

Miami lost its last outing, a 42-24 result against Virginia Tech on November 9. Miami failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite, while the 66 combined points took the game OVER the total. Duke won its last game, 38-20 over North Carolina State on Saturday, behind a 134-yard receiving performance from Jamison Crowder at Wallace Wade Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Duke's No. 42-ranked offense, averaging 33.44 PPG, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 41 this week at 23 PPG. The Blue Devils aerial game is averaging 243.44 yards per game, more than the Hurricanes secondary allows through the air, 232.78 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Hurricanes feature the league's No. 28-rated road run defense, allowing 132 yards per game. Duke, meanwhile, ranks No. 67 in rushing offense at home.

A few Hurricanes at Blue Devils trends to consider:
Miami is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Miami is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Duke is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke's last 6 games
Duke is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Virginia, Saturday, November 23rd
Duke at Wake Forest, Saturday, November 23rd