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(24) Miami-Florida (7-2) at Duke (7-2)



Saturday, November 16, 3:30 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: A pair of Atlantic Coast Conference squads trending in opposite directions meet on Saturday afternoon, as the Duke Blue Devils play host to the 24th-ranked Miami-Florida Hurricanes at Wallace-Wade Stadium.

Miami appeared to be one of the nation's best teams early in the season, as it opened up with seven straight victories, rising all the way to No. 7 in the AP poll. Since that hot start, however, the Hurricanes have fallen flat with back-to-back losses. First it suffered a disappointing, albeit not surprising defeat at Florida State on Nov. 9 (41-14), then followed that up with a dud at home to Virginia Tech (42-24).

"You can't spot (Virginia Tech) 21 points like that," Miami coach Al Golden said. "We didn't get off the field well enough on third down. We didn't convert enough plays on offense. Just really disappointed in those mistakes ... There's a lot of football left. They have to get their minds right and move on."

On the other hand, Duke continues to be one of the biggest surprises in the nation. After two straight losses in mid-September, the Blue Devils have responded with five victories in a row to climb to 7-2, most recently taking down intrastate rival N.C. State at home last Saturday, 38-20. After 18 consecutive losing seasons, they are guaranteed a winning record this year and appear destined to make consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history.

"I think the most important part of it is to remember who you are and why you're better," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said of the team's recent rise. "We're not better because we strut or because we're so physically gifted that we're going to dominate anyone. We are who we are because of the process -- a process we believe deeply in. I'm very proud of their humility and I'm proud of their work ethic because I want them to take that work ethic that their learning here and apply it to the rest of their lives."

This matchup will act as an elimination game of sorts, as both teams sit at 3-2 in the ACC Coastal Division. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech also have two conference losses.

Miami has a 9-1 advantage over Duke in the all-time series, and it has never lost in Durham.

Despite gaining just 12 first downs in a 24-point effort last week, Miami still has one of the ACC's best offenses, ranking third in both scoring (35.0 ppg) and yardage (446.3 ypg).

Stephen Morris has had an up-and-down senior season, completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,979 yards with 14 touchdowns and a career-high 10 interceptions. He had a strong showing in the loss to Virginia Tech (16-of-29, 324 yards, two TDs) and doesn't seem overly concerned with his team's prospects moving forward.

"I'm not worried," Morris said. "This is a resilient team. We've been through a lot. You win some and you lose some, unfortunately, but that's the game of football. I was telling the team that we have a lot to do and a lot to still work for."

The Hurricanes suffered a huge blow when they lost star tailback Duke Johnson (920 yards, six TDs) for the season with an ankle injury. Dallas Crawford has been productive as a goal-line back with 10 touchdowns, but in a featured role last week he gained just 37 yards on 10 rushes.

Allen Hurns is a big-play threat at wide receiver, and after a 142-yard performance versus Virginia Tech, he now has 732 yards and five scores on just 37 receptions.

Defensively, Miami has been stout for the most part, allowing just 23.0 points per game, but against a lackluster Hokies offense a week ago the unit allowed 549 yards.

Denzel Perryman has made a team-high 78 tackles, while Shayon Green has 10.5 TFL, and Ladarius Gunter, Rayshawn Jenkins and Tracy Howard all have multiple interceptions.

Duke's offense has been an efficient one this season, generating 33.4 points and 409.3 yards per game.

Anthony Boone is the team's starting quarterback, although after a three- interception performance last week, he now has nine picks to go with just five touchdown passes. Brandon Connette, who started three games earlier in the season when Boone was out with injury, still figures in the mix and has played better overall with 12 passing touchdowns, eight rushing scores and six interceptions.

Jamison Crowder in one of the nation's best receivers with 67 receptions, 903 yards and three scores, but he has also returned two punts for touchdowns and has a rushing score to prove what a dynamic playmaker he can be.

Speaking of which, DeVon Edwards was a difference maker in the recent win with two interception returns for a touchdown and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score, marking the first time in the last 10 FBS seasons that a player scored three non-offensive touchdowns in a game. Edwards, who also has 31 tackles this season, has helped a defense that allows just 22.2 points per game.

There's no shortage of defensive standouts for the Blue Devils. David Helton has 90 tackles, Jeremy Cash has 78 stops to go with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries, and Kenny Anunike anchors the defensive line with 11.0 TFL and 4.0 sacks.

Duke continues to defy its naysayers with each passing week, and it has a great opportunity to knock off another strong foe in this one. Miami should be able to put forth a better defensive effort than it did a week ago, but without the extra dynamic that Johnson brought to the offense, it simply isn't the team it was earlier in the campaign. In front of the home crowd, expect the Blue Devils' season to reach new heights.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 31, Miami-Florida 28

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Scoreboard
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Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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NCCU
DELST
 
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UNC
SYR
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
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CLE 108
OKC 98
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NOP 109
DAL 106
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ORL 99
IND 106
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PHO 100
LAC 120
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ATL 112
MIN 100
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TOR 114
DET 110
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SAN 101
MIL 95
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GSW 114
BOS 111
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DEN 115
WAS 117
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LAL 87
HOU 99
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NYK
SAC
 
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MIN
 
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UCONN 66
SFLA 53
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GT 62
BC 64
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VT 47
UVA 50
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OSU 82
IND 70
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UCF 46
CIN 56
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WICHS 74
DRAK 40
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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
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HART 61
MAINE 70
 
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MAN 71
MON 64
 
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PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
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SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
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RIU 53
BONA 48
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BING 54
USB 61
 
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MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
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BUT 77
SHU 57
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SALA 55
YALE 72
 
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PITT 68
LOU 80
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ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
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GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
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IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
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TENST 55
BEL 63
 
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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VILL 71
CREI 50
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MD 68
NW 67
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UTAH 77
WASH 56
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OU
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TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
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CARTER 28
IRVIN 32