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College Football Betting Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs. UConn Huskies

September 23, 2023


If it wasn’t for the Colorado Buffaloes, the Duke Blue Devils would be this year’s surprise team as they have started the season off 3-0 which started in week 1 with their win over the Clemson Tigers. 

This week they will travel to take on the UConn Huskies, who much like last season, have gotten off to a rough start to the season at 0-3. Will the Blue Devils win in a rout on the road to improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2018 college football season or will the Huskies keep the game closer than Vegas projects? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Duke Blue Devils enter this game ranked 18th in the AP Poll and 18th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 38-14 win at home against the Northwestern Wildcats while covering the 17-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. Duke scored 38 points while compiling 487 total yards offensively which included 219 passing yards and 268 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 267 total yards defensively which included 163 passing yards and 104 rushing yards. Riley Leonard led the team in passing, completing 15 of 20 attempts for 219 yards while also leading the team in rushing with 97 yards and two touchdowns. Jalon Calhoun led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 112 yards.

UConn enters this game with a record of 0-3 following a 17-24 loss at home against the FIU Panthers while failing to cover the 7-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Huskies scored 17 points while compiling 343 total yards offensively which included 170 passing yards and 173 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 364 total yards defensively which included 284 passing yards and 80 rushing yards. Ta’Quan Roberson led the team in passing, completing 15 of 32 attempts for 170 yards and a touchdown while rushing for eight yards. Devontae Houston led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 126 yards while adding a reception for 37 yards and a touchdown. Brett Buckman led the team in receiving, catching five of nine targets for 62 yards.

BookMaker has the Duke Blue Devils listed as 21-point favorites on the road against the UConn Huskies on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. These teams have played each other twice before this matchup with both games resulting in wins for the UConn Huskies while both teams went 1-1 ATS. Duke is 2-1 ATS overall and 1-1 ATS as a favorite this season while the UConn Huskies are 1-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Duke has looked great to start the season while the UConn Huskies have not won a game. The Blue Devils have been the better team at covering the spread this season going 2-1 ATS overall while the Huskies are 1-2 ATS overall. I look for that trend to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Duke Blue Devils -21 on the road against the UConn Huskies on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Duke Blue Devils -21