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Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils 9/4/2023 Picks, Forecast and Predictions

Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils 9/4/2023 – College football season is underway and one of the early week standout matchups features #9 Clemson Tigers against Duke Blue Devils is sure to provide an entertaining kickoff to every week – and not just a Labor Day primetime showdown! Clemson, a perennial powerhouse, is on the road while Duke hopes to continue its rise under head coach Mike Elko. The college football spread betting odds are updated for bettors to place their bets on their favorite teams.

Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils 9/4/2023

When:Monday, September 4, 2023 3:30 PM ET
Where:Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium
Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils 9/4/2023
Tigers-11 (-111)56.5 o (-110)-491
Blue Devils+11 (-111)56.5 u (-110)+343
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Dabo Swinney vs Mike Elko

Clemson University has an incredible track record in college football, winning numerous Atlantic Coast Conference championships and making regular appearances in the College Football Playoff. Last season they posted an 11-3 overall record and claimed another ACC crown before ending on a disappointing note with an Orange Bowl loss against Tennessee 31-14; now looking forward, Clemson hopes to make another statement against Tennessee and establish themselves as national contenders once again.

Clemson made a significant change as offensive coordinator this season when head coach Dabo Swinney decided to part ways with Brandon Streeter and hire Garrett Riley from TCU instead. Riley will provide crucial expertise as the Tigers look to improve upon their 65th-ranked passing offense with 232.4 yards per game and 46th-ranked rushing offense with 177.2 yards per game averages.

Cade Klubnik will become Clemson’s starting quarterback this season, bringing youthful energy and potential. Last season he showed his ability in key moments such as the ACC Championship game and Orange Bowl; therefore his performance will be closely scrutinized while leading Clemson’s offensive charge.

Will Shipley is back after an impressive 2017-18 campaign with 1,182 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, providing depth in Clemson’s running game. Phil Mafah adds his expertise in making Clemson’s running attack an effective force. Antonio Williams promises to lead Clemson’s receiving corps forward as it becomes an integral component of its offense.

Clemson hopes to maintain its tradition-rich defense. Last season, they were 29th in scoring defense allowing an average of 20.9 points per game and featuring key players like Xavier Thomas, Tyler Davis, Jeremiah Trotter, and Barrett Carter; Clemson’s defensive efforts will likely make life difficult for opponents.

NCAA Betting Odds Duke Blue Devils +11 — Over/Under: 56.5

Duke Blue Devils are coming off an impressive 9-4 campaign under new head coach Mike Elko’s reign, their first winning campaign since 2018. Coach Elko oversaw six more wins compared to last season and their triumphant Military Bowl win over UCF is proof of this improvement. They aim to continue this trajectory this year and look to make an impressionful statement with their victory at home against UCF on Jan. 2.

Riley Leonard returns as Duke’s quarterback, bringing with him dual-threat capabilities. Last season, Leonard amassed 2,967 passing yards and 20 touchdowns while leading Duke in rushing with 699 yards and 13 scores. Jalon Calhoun is back as well to provide firepower in Duke’s passing game, and their receiving group offers continuity to offer Leonard familiar targets to target.

Jordan Waters provides a complementary playmaking role to Leonard. Duke’s offense with eight returning starters could produce high-scoring output if its offensive line can meet this challenge head-on. Defensively, Duke appears formidable. DeWayne Carter led Duke with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season while Cam Dillon and Dorian Mausi formed an effective tandem at linebacker who greatly contributed to Duke’s tackling prowess.

Clemson Tigers Betting Trends

Clemson is 17-3 SU in their last 20 games.
Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Duke.
Clemson are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against Duke.
Clemson are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
Tigers is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Duke.
Clemson are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends

Duke are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
Blue Devils are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Duke are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
Duke are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Clemson.
Blue Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Duke are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.

Clemson Tigers vs Duke Blue Devils Betting Pick

Duke has added a couple of transfer players from Miami and Texas A&M – Al Blades Jr from Miami and Myles Jones from Texas A&M respectively – who will bolster an already potent defensive unit. Duke boasted an incredible turnover differential (+16).

Clemson Tigers and Duke Blue Devils both boast lofty aspirations for the 2023 college football season, hoping to reclaim their status as national powerhouses with revamped offenses, while Duke looks to build upon Coach Mike Elko’s successful debut campaign. As they face each other early season ACC matchup fans can anticipate an intense battle that provides insight into each program’s trajectory. The sports betting lines are in favor of the Duke Blue Devils to secure a victory and cover the spread.

Score Prediction: Tigers 33, Blue Devils 21.