While last week did not go well with either Vigirina or Duke, there’s a redemption chance when the teams meet in ACC play. Virginia is already 0-1 in conference play. This will be Duke’s first, and it’s at home.
Virginia (2-2, 0-1) traied, 16-0, at halftime on the road against Syracuse, took a lead before losing, 22-20, on a late Orange field goal.
Duke lost for the first time this season to Kansas, 35-17, one of the hottest NCAA teams.
It’s been a slow start for Virginia under first-time head coach Tony Elliott. Much of that is because the offense isn’t nearly as productive as last season.
The Cavaliers had a solid offense last season, averaging 34.6 points per game behind quarterback Brennan Armstrong (4,449 yards passing, 40 touchdowns with his arm and legs). This season, it’s just 18.3 points, with Armstrong seeing a 10% dip in his completion percentage (three touchdowns and four interceptions).
Against the Orange, the passing game struggled mightily (138 yards on 38 attempts, a touchdown and an interception). The ground game found some footing (149 yards), as Perris Jones led with 13 carries, 87 yards and a score.
So, missed opportunities by the offense overshadowed a defense forcing four SU turnovers.
Duke’s Non-Balancing Act
It’s been a fantastic start (generally) by the offense of Duke. In the Blue Devils’ previous game, they had 463 yards with no turnovers, but struggled in late-down situations (5-of-15 on third down, 2-of-4 on fourth).
Quarterback Riley Leonard amassed 324 yards (35 attempts), and a touchdown to Jalon Calhoun (five catches, 93 yards). Leonard also led the Blue Devils in rushing yards and attempts, while Jordan Waters and Jaylen Coleman each had a touchdown.
Duke ended its undefeated early season because it allowed the Jayhawks to get whatever they wanted (324 passing yards, 204 rushing yards, five touchdowns).
Kansas has one of the better offenses in the NCAA, but this has become a pattern. Outside of a 30-0 shutout against Temple, Duke’s surrendered 20 or more points in the last three games, including a 511-yard total offense effort by Northwestern.
Virginia vs Duke Game Injuries
Virginia vs Duke Head-to-Head
Virginia has won the last seven games between the schools, beating Duke, 48-0, last season. They have played a total of 73 times, with the Cavaliers winning 40 of those games.
Virginia vs Duke Game Information
- Game: Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC) vs Duke (3-1, 0-0 ACC)
- Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
- Virginia vs Duke Live Stream: ESPN
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Virginia vs Duke Prediction
Heading into this game, exactly how much has Duke changed? Last season, it was dominated by Virginia, but both teams are so different now. The Blue Devils offense is rolling, while the defense is still a weak link. Meanwhile, the UVA offense has looked bad early.
If the Blue Devils can score against the Cavaliers, they will win. Virginia doesn’t have the offense to hang with Virginia.
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