SEC Football Preview: Duke vs. Alabama

Alabama and Duke logos on grass field

Duke meets Alabama on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Duke

Date Opponent Result Location
08/31 Alabama 3:30 pm Neutral
09/07 North Carolina A&T 6:00 pm Home
09/14 Middle Tenn 7:00 pm Away
09/27 VA Tech 7:00 pm Away
10/05 Pittsburgh 12:00 pm Home
10/12 GA Tech 12:00 pm Home
10/19 Virginia 12:00 pm Away
10/26 N Carolina 12:00 pm Away
11/09 Notre Dame 11:00 am Home
11/16 Syracuse 11:00 am Home
11/23 Wake Forest 11:00 am Away
11/30 Miami (FL) 11:00 am Home

Alabama

Date Opponent Result Location
08/31 Duke 3:30 pm Neutral
09/07 N Mex State 4:00 pm Home
09/14 S Carolina 3:30 pm Away
09/21 S Mississippi 12:00 pm Home
09/28 Mississippi 12:00 pm Home
10/12 Texas A&M 12:00 pm Away
10/19 Tennessee 12:00 pm Home
10/26 Arkansas 12:00 pm Home
11/09 LSU 11:00 am Home
11/16 Miss State 11:00 am Away
11/23 W Carolina 11:00 am Home
11/30 Auburn 11:00 am Away

ESPN FPI

Duke: 56

Alabama: 2

Key Stats (2018 Stats)

Duke

Statistic
Alabama

405.7

Total Offense (YPG)
522.0

246.1

Passing YPG
323.6

159.6

Rushing YPG
198.4

29.4

Scoring Offense (PPG)
45.6

51

TDs Scored
92

9

FGs Scored
15

408.8

Total Defense (YPG)
319.5

199.5

Passing Yds Allowed (YPG)
198.3

209.3

Rushing Yds Allowed (YPG)
121.3

27.4

Scoring Defense (PPG)
18.1

-0.54

Turnover Margin
0.40

13

Fumbles Gained
21

10

Fumbles Lost
7

4

INTs Gained
14

10

INTs Lost
8

Players to Watch

Duke

RB Deon Jackson, OL Robert Kraeling, DB Mark Gilbert, DL Victor Dimukeje, DB Dylan Singleton.

Alabama

QB Tua Tagovailoa, RB Najee Harris, WR Henry Ruggs, OL Jedrick Willis, OL Alex Leatherwood, DL Raekwon Davis, LB Dylan Mose, LB Anfernee Jennings.

Injuries

Duke

Date Pos Player Injury Status
08/23/19 LB Koby Quansah Thumb is out indefinitely
08/09/19 WR Jake Bobo Collarbone is out indefinitely

Alabama

Date Pos Player Injury Status
08/28/19 LB Dylan Moses Knee is out for season
08/27/19 RB Brian Robinson Jr. Suspension is OUT for the 1st half Saturday vs Duke
08/27/19 WR Devonta Smith Suspension is OUT for the 1st half Saturday vs Duke
08/27/19 RB Najee Harris Suspension is OUT for the 1st half Saturday vs Duke
08/27/19 LB Terrell Lewis Suspension is OUT for the 1st half Saturday vs Duke
08/23/19 RB Jerome Ford Knee is "?" Saturday vs Duke
08/15/19 RB Trey Sanders Knee is out indefinitely
08/15/19 DL DJ Dale Knee is "?" Saturday vs Duke
08/12/19 LB Joshua McMillon Knee is out for season

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Duke gets the misfortune of opening against Alabama. I’m sure the Duke players will be up for a shot at the Tide. Bama does have a good number of players who are either injured or suspended for the first half so maybe Duke will play a lot closer than we predict. We changed our prediction to 34-10 based on all those missing players. Alabama should still win handily.

Our Preseason Prediction

Alabama 45, Duke 7

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Alabama 34, Duke 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). Watch on the ABC Network.

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