DUKE over Bay­lor by 14

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

We fig­ured the Bears to be dor­mant this sea­son as they adapt to the schemes of new head coach Matt Rhule, who is seek­ing to in­ject some badly needed char­ac­ter into the pro­gram. But we didn’t an­tic­i­pate Bay­lor fail­ing to cover its first two out­ings by a com­bined 55 points, in out­right losses as a 33.5-point pick in their opener and as 7.5-point chalk to lit­tle brother UTSA in their last out­ing. Bay­lor stands only 6-16 SUATS when look­ing ahead to Ok­la­homa, so it’s not likely that Rhule can pull the up­set over the Blue Devils, even though he needs a win to­day like a vam­pire needs blood. But need may not carry the day against a Duke team that’s av­er­ag­ing over 50.5 points PPG and has gained over 500 yards in each con­test in their 2-0 start – in­clud­ing a 540-191 yardage ad­van­tage over pop­u­lar-pick-to-winthe-Big-10-West-for-some-rea­son North­west­ern. FYI: 2-0 hosts in Game 3 of a sea­son-open­ing home­s­tand are the last three years. But the 2-TD im­post com­pels us to look away.

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