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Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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Logo Duke Blue Devils
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Logo Kansas Jayhawks
64.5
OPENNER
-9

64.5o -110
CURRENT
-7 -110

+235
MONEYLINE
-275

27
SCORE
35

It has almost everything you can ask for in a Duke-Kansas showdown.

Two teams on the rise with undefeated records.

And this time, it's a football game.

"They're playing with some inspiration," Kansas coach Lance Leipold said of the Jayhawks, who had 23 votes in the Top 25 poll to check in at No. 34 among vote-getters.

It was the first time since 2009 the Jayhawks' football team and Top 25 poll went hand-in-hand.

Both teams hold 3-0 marks, and Duke received two votes in the coaches' poll.

"We know we have a lot of work to do to get this thing ultimately where we want it to go," Duke coach Mike Elko said. "We certainly appreciate the buzz that is out there about what we are doing. But we know we are a work in progress and we're a group that has got to continue to work and continue to grind."

Last year, Duke pulled out a 52-33 home victory against Kansas. The Blue Devils didn't win again for the rest of the season. Duke has matched its 2021 win total.

For Kansas, the Jayhawks have exceeded their two-win total from a year ago. It's the team's first 3-0 start since 2009 and already Leipold is being linked to big-name jobs that are -- or could potentially become -- open.

"You can see things are starting to swing momentum-wise for us. I see a lot of resiliency in this group," Leipold said. "The biggest thing is: How are we going to handle it? There is still a lot of season to be played."

The Jayhawks have scored at least 48 points in each game this season, albeit using overtime to climb past that mark at West Virginia.

Much of that has come from quarterback Jalon Daniels, who accounted for five touchdowns in last week's win at Houston. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for two.

"The big picture for what he did for this team was really remarkable," Leipold said.

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard had a similar impact to Daniels on Saturday with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns against North Carolina A&T.

Duke has relied on strong starts to games this season, outscoring its three foes by a combined 45-0 in the first quarters of games.

"We talk about controlling ourselves and how we come out of the locker room and not come out of the locker room trying to figure out what the game level is going to be like," Elko said. "We just come out of the locker room playing at a standard that meets us."

Receiver Jordan Moore of Duke converted from quarterback to receiver in the preseason. He has caught a touchdown pass in every game this year.

This will be the final nonconference game of the season for both teams.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Duke Blue Devils
29
36
Kansas Jayhawks

Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks Recap SEP 24TH 2022

Jalon Daniels threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as Kansas remained perfect by turning aside visiting Duke 35-27 on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd in Lawrence, Kan.

Daniels completed 19 of 23 passes for 324 yards and rushed for 83 yards on 11 attempts in the final non-conference game for both teams.

The Jayhawks (4-0) racked up 204 rushing yards and wide receiver Lawrence Arnold had four catches for 84 yards.

Duke quarterback Riley Leonard completed 24 of 35 passes for 324 yards for one touchdown without an interception. His lone touchdown went to Jalon Calhoun, who had five catches for 93 yards.

After a Kansas punt, Duke regained possession at its own 5-yard line and moved to the Kansas 31 before an incomplete pass on fourth down.

It was the first loss for the Blue Devils (3-1) under first-year coach Mike Elko.

Kansas never trailed in avenging a road loss to Duke from last September.

The Blue Devils moved into Kansas territory on the first possession of the second half, but a fourth-down stop by the Jayhawks helped preserve the lead.

Then Daniels connected on a 36-yard pass to Arnold for the only touchdown of the third quarter. That gave Kansas a 28-13 lead.

Duke was within 28-20 after Jordan Waters ran 3 yards for a touchdown with 8:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Kansas went back to work on an eight-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Daniels' 3-yard run at the 4:42 mark.

Kansas scored the game's first points with 5:25 to play in the first quarter on Daniels' 6-yard pass to Trevor Kardell. Less than two minutes later, Duke pulled even on Jaylen Coleman's 5-yard run.

A Daniels-to-Daniel Hishaw Jr. pass play went for 73 yards early in the second quarter as the Jayhawks went ahead for good. The Jayhawks held a 21-10 advantage after Daniels connected with Luke Grimm for a 19-yard touchdown play with 1:04 to play in the first half.

Charlie Ham's second field goal of the second quarter for Duke was a 37-yarder three seconds before halftime.

--Field Level Media

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