The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Tech Hokies take the field at Lane Stadium for a Saturday ACC event. There is plenty at stake in this Blacksburg conference tilt. If Duke can pull off the road win they become bowl eligible while Virginia Tech and their fans know that the Hokies are in a big game situation that would assist in continuing a school 22-year tradition. The Hokies have been bowling for 22 straight seasons and today’s Homecoming test against with Duke is an important piece to their 2015 season ending goals, to remain the FBS school with the nation’s longest postseason streak.
Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies (-3, 45)
Time: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 24, 2015
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
Weather: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Kickoff temperatures are forecast to be in the low-sixties with little to no wind affecting the play at Lane Stadium today.
Quarterback Thomas Sirk is a dual threat behind center. The junior signal caller has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes this season, recorded seven touchdown through the air against three interceptions and he is the leading ground gainer in 2015 with 325 rushing yards. Sirk has a handful of weapons to throw to. Duke has five wide outs that have caught 10 or more passes this season. Wide receiver Johnell Barnes leads the Blue Devils with 20 receptions and 266 yards.
Defensively this Duke group doesn’t get enough credit. The Blue Devils have held five straight opponents to 150 yards of passing or less and many are calling this the best Blue Devil defense since coach David Cutcliffe arrived in 2008. In their first six games this season the Duke stop-unit has allowed only five offensive touchdowns while holding their opponents to a mere 3.82 yards per play.
Senior quarterback Michael Brewer is making his first start since breaking his collarbone in the season opener against the top ranked team in the nation, Ohio State. Brewer threw for two touchdowns in last year’s 17-16 victory at Duke. The senior signal caller opened the season by completing 11-of-16 of his passes for 156 yards with two touchdowns against Ohio State before suffering the injury that has kept him sidelined until today. The Hokies receiving corps are let by Isaiah Ford who has 32 catches for 497 yards and seven touchdown catches.
The Devils are a smart 13-3 straight up in their last 16 conference tests and they are 12-4 against the spread during this span. the Blue Devils are 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS in their two conference contests this season.
The Hokies 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as a host when squaring off against a team with a winning road record but are a mere 4-9 ATS in their last 13 conference tilts.