Duke hosts Florida State in an ACC game on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Find the TV channel, time, live stream, odds, and pick information below.
Duke-Florida State football TV channel, time, live stream
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: Noon ET
TV channel: ESPN 2.
Online stream: WatchESPN.
Duke-Florida State football picks, odds
Pick: Florida State 31.2-21.8 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Florida State -7
Duke-Florida State preview, keys to the game
Duke (4-2 overall, 1-2 in ACC) opened the season with four consecutive wins, including over Northwestern, Baylor and rival North Carolina, but has since lost two straight against Miami and Virginia.
The Blue Devils led Virginia 14-7 late in the first half but the Cavaliers scored the next three touchdowns to build a lead that was too much to overcome.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe knows his team faces a tough test this week despite Florida State’s 1-3 overall record and 1-2 mark in ACC play.
“Well, they’re still dominant on defense,” he said. “You know, I think a year ago they had a lot of injuries there, but they returned a lot of people. They play an awful lot of people, and they just consume the field, front, linebacker, secondary, outstanding. Take those same athletes, so in kick coverage, in the kicking game, those kind of athletes come into play. Offensively I think early they were shocked, like anybody would, when you have a starting quarterback that played as a freshman and played really well and he goes through spring and he goes through camp, and then boom, first game, you lose him in a dramatic fashion. You play a true freshman, and you’re just getting your feet on the ground. Well, they got them on the ground you could tell versus Miami. It’s a different offensive football team.
“They’re playing better up front, and they have the same kinds of weapons they’ve always had, backs, tight ends, receivers, and this young quarterback is a good player. He’s getting better each week as you might imagine, so it’s — specialists are outstanding, punt, kickoff, place kicking. You know, you don’t see many teams — there’s not that — there’s only a handful when you turn on the tape, I’ve been doing this a long time, that looks like they look, that kind of covers all the bases, and then on top of that, Jimbo Fisher and his staff do an outstanding job.”
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones has completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, and has run for 208 yards and 3 scores.
Running backs Shaun Wilson (440 yards rushing, 5 touchdowns) and Brittain Brown (427 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns) are both averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
T.J. Rahming has 28 receptions for 314 yards and Johnathan Lloyd has 22 catches for 236 yards and 1 touchdown.
Florida State will be trying to bounce back from its heartbreaking loss against visiting Miami last weekend when it goes on the road to face Duke.
The Seminoles led by a field goal before the Hurricanes rallied and pulled out a 24-20 victory on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining.
It marked another disappointing chapter in what has been a strange season for Jimbo Fisher’s squad, which opened the season with high hopes and a lofty ranking before losing to top-ranked Alabama and losing quarterback Deandre Francois to a season-ending injury in the process.
“I’m very proud of the kids, the way we competed so hard in the game against Miami,” Fisher said. “Great traditional rival. Miami did a great job in the game, one of the great games in college football and it played out that way on Saturday night. Two teams that competed very hard. Kids have gotten better, made a lot of plays in a lot of different areas. Just came up a hair shot. We’ve got to figure that out and find a way to make another play.”
There have been bright spots for the Seminoles this season.
True freshman quarterback James Blackman has completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 602 yards, with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The 1-2 running punch of Jacques Patrick (266 yards rushing, 1 touchdown) and Cam Akers (264 yards rushing) has been solid.
Auden Tate has emerged as the team’s top receiver, catching 16 passes for 282 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Florida State was able to find a way to come back to beat Wake Forest, but was unable to do so in close losses to N.C. State and Miami.
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