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Duke vs. Florida State NCAA Football Week 15 Betting Analysis and Odds

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  • by Andrew Scofield
  • December 11th, 2020
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Top offshore sportsbooks favor the home team when the Duke Blue Devils and the Florida State Seminoles play on Saturday in college football action from Doak Campbell Stadium. Duke will close out its season while Florida State hopes to get back out there when the schools clash to see which program can pick up its second Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State NCAAF Odds by BetUs

Duke+4½ (-110)57 (-110)+165
Florida State-4½ (-110)57 (-110)-190
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Betting Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils are road dogs according to the best online sportsbooks. Duke (2-8, 1-8 ACC) hasn’t caused coronavirus-related schedule changes. But the Blue Devils have had to make a few adjustments the last several weeks.

“What I hope that comes from it for football players is that we grow as people, we learn a lot of life lessons and we use them for the rest of our lives in a good manner,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said.

Duke will have a peculiar travel story for this season. Due to the ACC’s recent adjustment of schedules in the last few weeks, the Blue Devils will be the only conference team to play six games on the road.

Instead of five home and five away in conference play, Duke will have four home games and six away. This game had been scheduled for last week at Duke. Duke’s single ACC win came at Syracuse. Since then, the Blue Devils are 1-4, with the success a non-conference win over Charlotte. The Blue Devils have allowed at least 48 points in each of their last three games.

“We’ve been able to turn things around when we’ve hit bottom around here,” Cutcliffe said. “We have and we can.” This will be the second straight week the Blue Devils play a school on a date that wasn’t on its schedule until November 29.

It wasn’t pretty last Saturday, when they sustained a 48-0 home loss to Miami. Florida State is scoring 22 points per game. Duke senior Victor Dimukeje is a one-half sack short of matching the career school record. He has 21 1/2.

Betting Florida State Seminoles

The Sems are home faves per top offshore sportsbooks. Florida State (2-6, 1-6) has lost three straight games, but not as of late. The Seminoles haven’t played since November 14. And they’ll only have a 10-game slate overall if they return to the field this week. And then December 19 at Wake Forest.

“You get late in the season and it has been a long journey with so many changes,” Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said. “I think our guys continue to grow. … I think we’re getting better. Coming into this week, you have an opportunity to play Duke here at home, being the last home game of this season, and for some of these guys, the older guys potentially the last home game of their career.”

This is the widest gap between regular-season games in program history. On November 14, the Seminoles employed eight freshmen in starting positions in a 38-22 loss to North Carolina State. Jordan Travis didn’t travel for that game because of injury. He’s listed as the starting QB for the Duke game.

It’s also opportunity for the Seminoles to have a look at freshman running back Lawrance Toafili, set for his second career start. “He’s a natural playmaker with the ball in his hands,” Norvell said. “I think you’re starting to see that confidence. He’s definitely one of those guys we think can be one of the building blocks for this program.”

The last two teams to visit Tallahassee have left without a result. Clemson and Virginia made the trips, but neither took to the field when coronavirus-related issues appeared. There was an outcome from those situations. The ACC adjusted its testing protocols to make sure results handy before the visiting team makes the trip.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles NCAAF Pick

Customers of top offshore sportsbooks should take Florida State.