Duke vs. Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

    Duke vs. Virginia prediction and game preview. The Blue Devils look to improve to 7-4 as they take on the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

    November 17, 2015


    The Duke Blue Devils (6-4) are hoping to get back on the winning track when they face the Virginia Cavaliers (3-7) this Saturday afternoon. Check out the Duke vs. Virginia prediction and game preview.

    Duke vs. Virginia Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 21
    Game Time: 3:30 ET
    Network: ESPN3

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    Why You Need To Care

    What has happened to Duke? The favorite to win the Coastal Division at the end of October, the Blue Devils have never recovered from their controversial Halloween loss to Miami. They’ve dropped the last two games, by wide margins, and are in danger of stumbling into the postseason. It could be worse. Duke could be Virginia, which was eliminated from bowl contention following last week’s loss to Louisville. All that’s left now is to search for 2016 momentum and snap the 11-game losing streak to rival Va Tech a week from now.

    Why Duke Will Win

    The Blue Devils have been sinking on defense. But so, too, have the Cavaliers, which have struggled all year to make timely stops and money plays. This could be the week that the Duke offense gets back on track, especially if QB Thomas Sirk is able to return from injury. On the flip side, Virginia QB Matt Johns has been a turnover machine, which will whet the appetite of talented Blue Devil DBs Jeremy Cash, Breon Borders and Deondre Singleton.

    Why Virginia Will Win

    The record is worse, sure, but the Hoos have been playing better than the Devils over the last month, particularly in Charlottesville. Virginia fell on the road to Miami and Louisville by less than a touchdown, and Johns threw four touchdown passes a week ago against a talented Cardinal secondary. Duke is in a state of disarray on both sides of the ball, including being gutted for an average of 42 points over the last four games.

    Player Who Matters

    That vaunted Duke defensive backfield has been exposed lately, and a turnaround will be tough with Canaan Severin leading the Virginia receiving corps. Severin has good size and a dozen career touchdown receptions, including three last week against Louisville. The Cavs must get production from their steady senior, because no other wide receiver has caught more than 15 passes this season.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Virginia has not quit on head coach Mike London, despite his tenuous position. And the Cavaliers are out to prove it again in Week 12. Duke is running out of answers, and motivation is evaporating now that the division is no longer a goal. Johns will throw a pair of touchdown passes to outplay Sirk or Parker Boehme if the starter is again scratched.

    Duke vs. Virginia Prediction

    Final Score: Virginia 28, Duke 24, Line: Virginia -2.5, o/u: 53
    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before … 1: Donny! … 2

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