The Duke Blue Devils and Miami Hurricanes are part of a muddled and complicated picture in the ACC Coastal Division.
They don’t know all the tiebreaker scenarios in the division, but they do know that if they lose this game, they lose a lot of leverage in the division race.
The Hurricanes are a sizable favorite versus the college football odds. Are they a good bet to win and cover?
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils made a stirring comeback against rival North Carolina this past Saturday, scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to take a 35-31 lead.
However, they allowed a late touchdown on a great play by North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye to lose to the Tar Heels, 38-35.
The game was encouraging on many levels for Duke, which was horrible last season in the final year of the David Cutcliffe era.
The program ran out of steam under Cutcliffe, an aging coach who had battled health problems and simply did not have the energy to tend to all the aspects of the job.
New coach Mike Elko has breathed energy into the Blue Devils, and it was apparent that they were able to play UNC on even terms.
They were fundamentally the equal of North Carolina, which has recruited well under head coach Mack Brown.
It was a bitter defeat to the Tar Heels, but the closeness of the game showed that Duke football is definitely improving and moving in the right direction. The question for those who bet online is can they carry this over to a road trip to Miami?
The Hurricanes got a much-needed win over Virginia Tech after several damaging losses, including a loss to North Carolina two weeks ago.
The Hurricanes got off to a good start on offense with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke completing 15 of his first 22 passes and looking better than he had in previous weeks. Remember, he had been benched in favor of Jake Garcia recently.
Miami was able to build an early lead, something it has regularly failed to do this season.
Then, after building a lead, the defense was able to hold the fort and not allow the big plays which had harmed this team in previous weeks, especially against Middle Tennessee.
Miami allowed 14 points and was able to score a 20-14 road win in the ACC, which should not be taken for granted in a division has evenly matched as the ACC Coastal is in 2022.
Did they finally find a building block for the road ahead? It’s hard to tell with this squad as it’s often one step forward, two steps back.
Duke vs Miami Injury Report
Duke vs Miami Head-to-Head
These teams met last year. Miami won 47-10.
Duke vs Miami Game Information
- Game: Duke vs Miami
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct 22, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Duke vs Miami Live Stream: ESPN
Duke vs Miami Betting Lines
Duke vs Miami Prediction
The Hurricanes are dealing with a lot of injuries, so tread carefully with your college football picks. Meanwhile, Duke is showing it is a competitive team that can hang with the other teams in the ACC Coastal.
The result here is likely Miami wins the game outright, but Duke covers in the sportsbook.