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Mataeo Durant rushed for 255 yards in Duke's loss to Charlotte.

49ER SHINER: Charlotte stuns Duke football in season opener

The Blue Devil faithful saw Duke get taken down 31-28 by Charlotte. It was a game in which even historic play by senior running back Mataeo Durant was not enough to make up for a combination of defensive lapses and offensive failures in key moments. The South Carolina native rushed for 255 yards, a Duke program record, and tallied three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. 

Senior wide receiver Jake Bobo will have to fill the void left by tight end Noah Gray, especially on third down.

Beats' picks: Will Duke football start the 2021 season with a win against Charlotte?

Every football game, our beat writers Cam Polo, Jake Piazza, Max Rego, Alex Jackson, Micah Hurewitz and Jonathan Levitan will be here to give you their picks for Duke's upcoming matchup, and we'll keep track of their prediction records every week. First off, Duke has Charlotte on the road at 7 p.m. Friday, where the Blue Devils are favored by 6.5 points.