Duke Blue Devils (6-4) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (2-8)
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers 11/18/23 – As NCAAF Week 12 approaches, two highly anticipated matchups await: Duke Blue Devils against Virginia Cavaliers. Both squads hope to make an impressionful statement against each other: Duke has shown promise with its winning record while Virginia seeks redemption following an up-and-down campaign. Expert NCAAF Picks provide insight into this matchup with key player analysis, game information and betting trends.
Duke Blue Devils have had an impressive start to their 2018-19 campaign. Led by quarterback Riley Leonard, their offense has produced points consistently. Jordan Waters has been an offensive powerhouse on the ground with 677 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on just 57 attempts – an explosive player capable of breaking through defenses with ease. Jordan Moore has proven reliable as an end zone target as he made 42 catches for 571 yards with 7 touchdowns; making him an invaluable resource.
Virginia Cavaliers have experienced an unsuccessful season so far with an overall record of 2-8. Quarterback Anthony Colandrea has been their bright spot. Perris Jones contributed 393 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in running play; though Jones shows great promise he needs more production from their ground game for their offense to remain effective. Malik Washington has been Colandrea’s go-to target with 1199 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns on his 88 receptions; Washington will play a critical role in Virginia’s offensive success.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers 11/18/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3:00 PM ET|
|Where:||David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium|
Riley Leonard QB vc. Anthony Colandrea QB
Riley Leonard has had an outstanding season, amassing 1102 passing yards and three touchdowns at 57.6% completion rate. Leonard’s decision-making skills will be essential as Duke faces off against an aggressive Virginia defense, as will be his ability to avoid turnovers under pressure while handling pressure effectively and avoiding turnovers as part of their offensive strategy.
Anthony Colandrea has amassed 1437 yards and 8 touchdowns while maintaining a completion rate of 61.2%, signaling accuracy and an ability to move the ball downfield quickly. Unfortunately, however, Colandrea has also thrown 8 interceptions which may prove costly against Duke’s defense; his performance under pressure will be monitored closely as they may attempt to disrupt it with aggressive defensive plays.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Duke Blue Devils -175, Total Odds: 47
The odds indicate that Duke is favored to win by 3.5 points, with a moneyline of -175. The total points for the game are set at 47. Based on these odds, it appears that Duke is the favorite to come out on top in this contest.
Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
Duke Blue Devils have had difficulty covering the spread (2-4), yet still manage to win games outright (11-5 SU), often participating in high-scoring contests (6 of their last 9 went OVER total points) – though specifically against Virginia they’ve struggled ATS (1-7 in eight meetings, SU 1-7). On their travels, they also tend to engage in high-scoring contests (6 of 7 games).
Virginia Cavaliers Betting Trends
Virginia Cavaliers have done a good job covering the spread (6-1 in their last seven games) but struggle to win outright (2-11 SU in 13). At home, they’ve also struggled (1-7 SU in their last eight home games), though their record against Duke stands out as they went 5-0-1 ATS in these matchups (in conference play they have only managed a 1-8 record against other ACC opponents but showed more resilience during divisional matchups (5-2 ATS over their last seven).
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers 11/18/23 Betting Picks
Duke appears to have the edge in this NCAAF Week 12 clash against Virginia Cavaliers, thanks to an efficient performance by Riley Leonard at quarterback and Jordan Waters leading their rushing attack. Virginia meanwhile, has struggled and only posted an 8-2 record, as they face challenges across various aspects of their game.
In conclusion, based on the analysis, Duke Blue Devils are one of the handicappers’ consensus picks to win this game. Their strong offense and recent trends make them likely winners; however, as with any sports bet there may always be unknown variables so be sure to do your own research and consider all factors before placing any bets.
Free Pick and Prediction: Duke Blue Devils 31, Virginia Cavaliers 20