The Duke Blue Devils host the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons on Thursday night in an ACC showdown. Duke is 5-3, but they’ve lost their last two. Against Louisville on Saturday, they lost 23-0 on the road, so they need to find a way to bounce back here. They are 4-1 at home, while Wake Forest is 4-4 overall, most recently falling to Florida State, 41-16.
Will the Blue Devils snap their two-game skid, or will Wake Forest pull off an improbable road win on Thursday?
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|Wake Forest||+12.5 (-110)||Over 45 (-110)||+360|
|Duke||-12.5 (-110)||Under 45 (-110)||-476|
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- Fixture: Wake Forest vs Duke
- Date and Time: November 2, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST
- Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
- Weather Forecast: Clear, 46 degrees
The Deamon Deacons haven’t been that good on offense, and they’re coming off of a game where they tallied just 82 passing yards. On the year, they rank 103rd in passing yards with 109.5, and they’re also just 115th in yards per carry (3.4). They run the ball a lot, averaging 42.2 attempts, which will lower their yards per carry, but they still need to do a better job at creating more offense.
Wake Forest’s defense is pretty mediocre all-around, and last week, they gave up 382 passing yards in addition to 41 points. They now surrender 256.5 passing yards per game, which is the 19th-most in the nation.
Duke’s offense has been decent this season, but over the last few weeks, they’ve had their issues. They put up just 202 yards last week and 273 the week before. These numbers are much lower than their season average of 349.6, so some adjustments must be made.
On defense, the Blue Devils have been excellent, allowing the 22nd-fewest yards per game. They also give up the 11th-fewest passing yards, and they’re pretty solid against the run as well, but they have slipped in recent weeks.
Duke just got shut out, but they should be hungry on Thursday. They’re 4-1 at home, but they haven’t really been dominating when it comes to covering the spread. Still, this is a game where they have to get back on track, and they’re taking on a weak Wake Forest team.
Pick: Duke -12.5 (-110)
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