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3:30 PM | CSN | SCOTT STADIUM
Maryland defensive back Anthony Nixon (20) tackles Virginia tight end Jake McGee as Maryland defensive back Sean Davis jumps over them in College Park, Md., Saturday, Oct. 12. Maryland won 27-26.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
OFFENSE: BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils have scored 28 points or more in every game except for a 38-14 home loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 14. Redshirt junior QB Brandon Connette has a team-high 61 rushing attempts and has passed for 1,022 yards but 6-foot-2, 230-pound Anthony Boone is expected to start today after returning from a broken collarbone. Jamison Crowder has an ACC-high 47 receptions.
DEFENSE: EDGE CAVALIERS
Duke shut out FCS foe North Carolina Central 48-0 in the opener and last week shut down Navy 35-7. In their three previous games, the Blue Devils had given up 38, 58 and 31 points, respectively. Duke was a 58-55 loser to a Pittsburgh team that beat UVa 14-3. However, since that day, the Cavaliers have lost tackle Brent Urban and cornerback Demetrious Nicholson, two of their best defensive players.
SPECIAL TEAMS: EDGE BLUE DEVILS
Virginia could have won at Maryland last Saturday if Alec Vozenilek had been able to convert a 42-yard field goal in the closing seconds. Vozenilek is not the problem, however, either as a replacement place-kicker or punter. Duke is ranked sixth nationally in net punting and 10th in punt returns. UVa's return game has been nothing special.
INTANGIBLES: EDGE BLUE DEVILS
This is the fifth game at Scott Stadium in an eight-game UVa home schedule and it will be interesting to see what kind of turnout the Cavaliers get, given their current three-game losing streak and with homecoming looming next week. Duke has won four of its last five games with UVa and has a level of confidence against the Cavaliers that isn't as pronounced against the rest of the ACC.
PREDICTION: Duke 31, Virginia 20
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