Duke is taking on Kansas in a battle of two undefeated teams, and the Blue Zone has you covered with some can't-miss prop bets:
Duke (+7) vs. Kansas
Duke is in familiar territory. For the second time this season, the Blue Devils will travel to another Power Five school as an underdog by more than a touchdown. In Week 2, Northwestern was favored by 10 points. In that game, the Blue Devils came out victorious by a score of 31-23. The similarities will continue Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
In its only two matchups against FBS opponents, Kansas has gotten off to slow starts. The Jayhawks found themselves in a 14-0 deficit after a quarter of play against West Virginia before coming back to pick up a big win in overtime. They soon faced the same deficit in Week 3 before storming back from 14-0 late in the first quarter to take down Houston by 18 points. Although Kansas looks to correct their early weaknesses Saturday, the Blue Devils will be a formidable test. Riley Leonard and the Duke offense have come out hot in all three of their games thus far, scoring at least 21 unanswered points to open each matchup.
If these trends continue, the Blue Devils will find themselves holding a substantial lead early. While the Jayhawks have been resilient enough to overcome these deficits thus far, the improved Duke offense will maintain its efficiency throughout all four quarters and come away with a win or keep it within a touchdown.
Pick: Duke +7
Over/Under 63.5 total points
Both the Blue Devils and the Jayhawks have impressed early on this season en route to an undefeated matchup. For each team, however, this success comes in large part thanks to their offense.
Through two games against FBS opponents, the Kansas defense surrendered 478.5 yards per game through 42 and 30 points lost against West Virginia and Houston, respectively. Thankfully for the Jayhawks, Jalon Daniels and the offensive unit have been unstoppable, with the junior signal caller earning the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Houston.
Although the Duke defense has yet to be tested too much, the unit did allow 511.0 yards to Northwestern. The story for the Blue Devils, though, has been the offense. Led by Leonard’s efficiency, the rejuvenated unit has topped 30 points in each matchup while looking the part. Duke is averaging 460.3 yards per game, which includes significant playing time from players deeper on its roster in the second halves of games against Temple and North Carolina A&T.
Although the number is high, it is hard to imagine this game going in any direction other than a shootout. The offenses are firing on all cylinders, while both defenses are still looking to find their footing. Look for loads of points to be scored in a fun, high-flying matchup that will likely come down to which side can get a stop or two in a big moment.
Pick: Over 63.5
Jalon Daniels over/under 63.5 rush yards
The budding star under center for the Jayhawks is the definition of a dual threat. Daniels has been tremendous in the passing game and on the ground for Kansas, leading the team in both categories. He rushed for 123.0 yards against Houston last Saturday and is averaging an incredible 8.8 yards per attempt. Against a Duke defense that has given up 119.3 rush yards per game through three games of nonconference play, look for Daniels to take off and run with it any chance he gets. The Blue Devils are allowing nearly six yards per carry, so it likely won’t take the Jayhawks captain many attempts to hit this number.
Pick: Over 63.5
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