Sept. 6, 7:00, ESPN3
Here's The Deal: Duke began defense of its Coastal Division crown by easily disposing of Elon, 52-13. The Blue Devils face a tissue-soft first month of the season before kicking things off with a Sept. 27 trip to Miami to open ACC play.
Troy’s pursuit of its first winning season since 2010 is off to a rocky start. The Trojans were schooled by UAB, 48-10, a result that heaps even more pressure on venerable coach Larry Blakeney.
Why Duke Might Win: The Trojans got trucked by lowly UAB last week in every phase of the game. They do not match up well with the Blue Devils, who have a huge edge behind center. Anthony Boone is a veteran with weapons, while Troy rookie Brandon Silvers will struggle with a ball-hawking Duke secondary.
Why Troy Might Win: Duke has holes in the front seven, especially after all-league LB Kelby Brown was lost for the season. Troy is going to lean hard on its backfield depth, softening the Blue Devils with a collaboration of Brandon Burks, Jordan Chunn and Khary Franklin.
Who To Watch Out For: Sophomore QB Thomas Sirk is auditioning to be the new Brandon Connette in Durham. Connette transferred to Fresno State, bringing his change-of-pace athleticism with him. Enter Sirk, who rushed eight times for 54 yards and two scores on Saturday.
What’s Going To Happen: Once-proud Troy is a program in disarray. Duke will capitalize with a second blowout in as many weeks, adding defensive scores to the offense’s production.
Prediction: Duke 42 … Troy 16
Line: Duke -19; O/U: 64