N.C. Central vs. Duke Preview

The fans at Wallace Wade Stadium will be treated to a game between the N.C. Central Eagles and the Duke Blue Devils when they take their seats on Saturday.

North Carolina Central at Duke
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 12, 2015
Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3. LINE: 41.5
PREDICTION: Duke 40, North Carolina Central 7
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Oddsmakers currently have the Blue Devils listed as 41½-point favorites versus the Eagles, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

Part of the evaluation process for the Blue Devils this week was figuring out if the lopsided triumph in the opener was a result of them being great, or Tulane being poor. “We’ll know more as games progress,” Cutcliffe told reporters. “I think Tulane’s better … I hope we are. I thought going into the game that they were better – 10 starters returning on offense and defensively, I knew they were good. I think they’ll be fine.” Cutcliffe got his own 95-yard kick return TD in the opener from DeVon Edwards in addition to 530 total yards on offense.

Last time out for Duke, they were a 37-7 winner as they battled Green Wave on the road. Duke covered in the match as a -5.5-point favorite, while 44 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Duke is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Duke is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke’s last 10 games
Duke is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

The Eagles dominated in all three phases of the game last weekend, piling up 447 yards of offense to go along with 304 total return yards. Senior defensive back Ryan Smith contributed to the fireworks with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown. North Carolina Central split time at quarterback between Malcolm Bell and Quinn Billerman in the blowout, and Bell is expected to be back in at starter on Saturday.

In their last action, N.C. Central was a 52-7 loser on the road against Pirates. They failed to cover the +39.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (59) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Team record: SU, ATS
N.C. Central is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
N.C. Central is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road

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