Duke vs Miami Thoughts & Game Notes
After a tough loss to rival Unc last weekend in Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke now heads to Miami to take on the Hurricanes for a 12:30 PM kickoff. Duke is coming off 2 back to back losses in which they loss by only three points each in both games. The Georgia Tech game went to overtime and there was some very questionable calls in the Unc game in which points were taken off the board for Duke. Duke is now 4-3 but could very easily be 6-1 and bowl eligible already had they won these last two close games. As of this writing, FanDuel has the line at -9.5 in Miami favor and the Over/Under at 58.5 points. I am not one to argue with Vegas as the house almost always wins... but that line just seems a little high to me. I think this Duke team is angry with how the last two games have played out and have something to prove. I know in my preseason game predictions, I had Miami winning but as the season plays out my mind has changed. It will be a tough ACC win to get as Miami looks to improve but I have Duke winning this game.
My score prediction
and I am taking so close to the Under of 58.5 points.
Keep reading below for Game Notes from Duke Sports Information
Duke is back on the road Saturday when it travels to Miami Gardens, Fla., to face off against Miami.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on RSN.
Miami leads the all-time series between the two schools, 15-4. In the last meeting on Nov. 27, 2021, the Blue Devils dropped a 47-10 decision to the Hurricanes at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke's last win over Miami came on Nov. 30, 2019, when it scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to register a 27-17 rain-soaked victory at home.
Sophomore quarterback Riley Leonardhas gone 130-of-198 (.657) passing for 1,557 yards with nine touchdowns. He ranks third in the ACC in pass completion percentage, trailing North Carolina's Drake Maye (.701) and Syracuse's Garrett Shrader (.695).
During Duke's last outing against North Carolina, it registered 542 yards of total offense and 297 rushing yards. It was the second time this season the Blue Devils earned 500-plus yards of offense and the most since securing 607 yards against Kansas in 2020. In addition, Duke has recorded 200-plus rushing yards on four different occasions this year and rank second in the ACC and 24th nationally with 205.86 yards per contest.
Saturday's RSN broadcast will feature Tom Werme, James Bates, and Wiley Ballard on the call. The game can also be heard on the Blue Devil Sports Network from LEARFIELD through the Varsity app or goduke.com.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Duke (4-3, 1-2 ACC) vs. Miami (3-3, 1-1 ACC)
Saturday, October 22, 2022 • 12:30 p.m.
Miami Gardens, Fla. • Hard Rock Stadium (65,326)
TELEVISION • RSN
LIVE STATS • MiamiHurricanes.com
TWITTER • @DukeFOOTBALL
Redshirt junior defensive tackle DeWayne Carter earned one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in Duke's last game against North Carolina, marking the first time since Derrick Tangelo did so against Charlotte in 2020. Carter ranks tied for first in the ACC in fumble recoveries and tied for second in caused fumbles. His fumbles recovered also rank tied for third nationally.
Redshirt senior linebacker Shaka Heywardis three tackles away from becoming the 21st player in Duke history to record 300-plus tackles in their Blue Devil career. The last player to reach 300-plus tackles in their career was Joe Giles-Harris, current Buffalo Bills linebacker, with 312 tackles from 2016-18.
After finishing the 2021 season last in the ACC in turnover margin, the Blue Devils are third in the league and tied for 11th nationally in the category with +1.14 turnovers per game. Duke is first nationally with 10 fumble recoveries.
Duke is 4-0 this season when scoring first. In each of those four games, the Blue Devils have registered a touchdown to begin the scoring and three were on their opening drive.
MARGIN OF DEFEAT
Duke has three losses on the year by a combined 14 points. Of the 17 Power 5 schools with three losses, the Blue Devils' 14-point margin is the lowest. Duke is followed by Florida State (18), Notre Dame (18), Iowa (19), Baylor (20), Texas A&M (25) and Miami (25).
The Blue Devils are sixth and fifth in the ACC in scoring offense and defense, respectively. Duke is averaging 32.86 points per game, while its defense is only allowing 22.29 points per outing.
THE MOVEMENT OF MONK
One of Duke's most veteran groups is its offensive line. The leader of the unit is team captain Jacob Monk, who entered 2022 as one of two returning starters with 2,400-plus career snaps (Shaka Heyward: 3,004). He currently has 2,872 in 42 career games played. Monk has seen action at guard, tackle and center throughout his Blue Devil tenure. In 2022, he's served as Duke's starting center in five games, and starting right guard twice.
Monk anchors Duke's offensive line that currently ranks tied for first in the ACC and tied for 33rd nationally in sacks allowed with just nine on the year.
Duke ranks sixth in the ACC in total offense, averaging 434.43 yards per outing. Its 3,041 offensive yards on the year rank third, while its 6.50 yards per play place the Blue Devils fourth in the league. Through the first seven games, the Blue Devils also have registered 29 total touchdowns to rank tied for fourth in the conference. That total is two shy of last year's total mark of 31.
The Blue Devils rank fifth in the ACC in time of possession, averaging 31:08 minutes per game. So far this season, Duke has put together two seven minute drives and two six minute drives.
CARTER FINDING HIS RHYTHM
During Duke's last outing against North Carolina, redshirt junior DT DeWayne Carterrecorded three tackles, 1.0 sack, 2.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Carter is tied for first in the ACC in fumble recoveries (2) and tied for second in forced fumbles (2). His fumbles recovered also rank him tied for third nationally.
In addition, Pro Football Focus ranks Carter tied for second among Power 5 players with Texas Tech's Tyree Wilson in most pressures this season. The pair have 31 and trail Jer'Zhan Newton of Illinois (34).
LIMIT THE SCORING
In 2021, the Blue Devils finished last in the ACC in scoring defense (39.8). This season, they rank fifth in the ACC in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to just 22.29 points per game.
In Duke's first seven games, it leads the nation with 10 fumble recoveries. Nine different Blue Devils have accounted for those recoveries.
ALL-PURPOSE FOR CALHOUN
Senior WR Jalon Calhoun ranks eighth in the conference in all-purpose yards with a mark of 530. The Greenville, S.C., native has compiled 411 receiving, 95 punt and 24 kick return yards. He earned a career-best 24-yard kick return and 43-yard punt return against the Cavaliers earlier this season.
After seven games in 2022, the Blue Devils are fifth in the ACC in net punting with a 39.42 mark.