Blue Devils to Hammer on "The U" in Week 9 College Football Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:19 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 5:19 PM GMT

After the worst loss in Miami Hurricanes history,they will travel to North Carolina. Let's review the college football odds to provide you with a winning selection to bet on.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. According to 5Dimes, the Hurricanes are receiving a ton of respect from the college football odds makers as they're just a 10 point underdog on the road, the total for the game is 46 and the Canes will be without starting quarterback, Brad Kaaya.

 

Malik Rozier to the Rescue
Starting quarterback, Brad Kaaya was already having a rough 1st half in the Canes 58-0 loss to Clemson and then suffered a concussion. Miami must not turn to redshirt freshman, Malik Rozier.

I expect Rozier to definitely be more prepared than when he filled in for Kaaya last week. Rozier was just 7 for 22 for 42 yards and 2 INT. We have to remember that this is against top 10 competition in the Clemson Tigers, but Duke is also top competition as they're ranked 22nd in the nation, according to the AP Poll and have just 1 loss on the season. Expect a better game from Rozier, but 10 points seems a bit low to me after what he displayed last week.

 

Options for "The U"
This is a big loss as Miami was a 4-2 team before Clemson and Kaaya could air the football out with efficiency. He had 1846 yards passing with 10 TD and 2 INT. It will be Malik Rozier's responsibility to find Rashawn Scott (467 yards, 4 TD), Herb Waters (396 yards) and the very underrated Stacy Coley (4 games, 267 yards 1 TD) the football.

I expect Rozier to defer to running back, Joseph Yearby, a lot in this game if things aren't working in the passing game. Miami will attempt to make the clock run and will count on Yearby (559, 5 TD) to bring them to the promised land. This appears to be a tall order and a huge game for both teams. Duke is a highly rated team and looking to go to a big bowl game while Miami is looking to avoid going.500.

 

Sitting Pretty
The ACC is a tough Conference, but the Blue Devils are in the Coastal Division where they're in a tie for 1st place with Pittsburgh. Actually, both teams have the same record, but a win here would tie Miami with Pitt at 4-0 in the conference. I have to be frank. I can't see any way that Duke can lose this game. They were the better team before Kaaya got hurt and now this is the icing on the cake.

 

Double Threat
In their last 2 games, Duke has scored a total of 89 points against Virginia Tech and Army. The Blue Devils will be relying heavily on starting quarterback, Thomas Sirk. Sirk is a double threat in that he can throw the football well and run with it. For the season, Sirk has 1530 yards with 11 TD and 3 INT passing and has ran the ball for 430 yards and 2 TD's .He's actually Duke's leading rusher.

Sirk will be looking for leading receiver, Max McCaffrey because he's consistent every single game. McCaffrey isn't a flashy receiver, but he's a reliable target and every quarterback needs one of these type of players in the offensive system.

The loss of Kaaya plays a major role in this game. I simply don't think that Rozier is ready for a game like this. lay the points with Duke as your college footbal pick.

College Football Pick: Duke -11 at 5Dimes

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