If this was an SAT taking contest instead of a college football betting competition Duke and its brainy student body would cruise to victory. But it’s not. And as such Alabama and its football squad will thoroughly dominate this game that never should have been scheduled in the first place.
Alabama’s second team could be the first team of the ACC doormat Blue Devils and for as big an endowment as the private university has, it’s hard to imagine why Duke would agree to march into this football massacre simply for the monster check it will receive.
Under dictator Saban’s iron-fisted rule and the talent recruited by former ‘Bama coach David Shula, the ‘Bama program has become the best in the country, supplanting SEC rival Florida. This team’s strength is a bruising running game a stout defense and ball control offense led by a very astute QB. It’s not flashy, it’s not even pretty most of the time, but Alabama’s brand of football is highly successful.
Against Duke this team should breeze to an easy victory and be well rested for its upcoming SEC opener versus a very good #12 ranked Arkansas next week.
So far the Tide has rolled over San Jose State 48-3, embarrassed #18 Penn State 24-3 all without the services of Heisman Trophy winning RB, Mark Ingram, who unfortunately for the Blue Devils, will be back in uniform and ready to play on Saturday. He is one of the best backs in the country and virtually impossible to tackle one on one.
But it will be ‘Bama’s defense that likely sets the tone in this one. The Tide has given up just 229 yards a game to opponents and just 121.0 passing.
Duke’s offense is coming off an unimpressive 48-54 win over ACC rival Wake Forest last week. It will be lucky if it scores twice against Alabama.
There’s not really much to say about this NCAA football betting matchup other than ‘Bama will trounce Duke and perhaps by an even wider margin than the 24 point over/under.