Beats’ picks: Can Duke soccer get its first ACC win of the yr in opposition to Virginia?

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Beats’ picks: Can Duke soccer get its first ACC win of the yr in opposition to Virginia?



Each soccer sport, our beat writers Cam Polo, Jake Piazza, Max Rego, Alex Jackson, Micah Hurewitz and Jonathan Levitan will likely be right here to provide you their picks for Duke’s upcoming matchup, and we’ll preserve observe of their prediction data each week. Virginia is available in as a ten.5-point favourite in opposition to a Blue Satan workforce on the highway in Charlottesville, Va., looking for its first win. 
Jake Piazza: Virginia 41-31

Virginia wields six receivers with not less than 15 catches, and 5 of them have a minimal of 250 yards. Take your decide with quarterback-turned-receiver Keytaon Thompson, 6-foot-7 tight finish Jelani Woods or slot Billy Kemp. Every of them can damage this struggling Duke secondary. Although it seems to be just like the Cavaliers’ most efficient receiver in Dontayvion Wicks goes to be sidelined with a head harm, quarterback Brennan Armstrong goes to survey the sector and ship passes to his elite receiving core on his approach to a decisive Virginia win. 
Max Rego: Virginia 45-31
Armstrong in opposition to a secondary with a penchant for giving up massive performs. Test and mate. The Blue Devils have nonetheless not fastened their points on the again finish, and with the Virginia sign caller averaging over 400 yards an evening , this can be the hardest problem but for Duke’s defensive personnel. Whereas I feel Gunnar Holmberg continues his stretch of accuracy and Jalon Calhoun breaks off a piece acquire or two, it gained’t be sufficient for Duke to maintain tempo.
Alex Jackson: Virginia 35-21 
I’m formally hopping again off the Duke-hype prepare. Slightly embarrassing performances for the Blue Devils in again to again weeks doesn’t give me a lot confidence that they’ll present out this week. Virginia has 4 wins on the season, nevertheless it got here out on high of its final two by lower than a area objective. The Cavaliers have confirmed themselves a succesful offense, however their protection remains to be surrendering important factors. They allowed North Carolina to hurry for slightly below 400 yards of their matchup a couple of weeks in the past, so I see Cutcliffe placing the ball in Mataeo Durant’s palms greater than standard, even when the Blue Devils fall behind. The true take a look at for Duke will likely be how the protection reacts after a rating. It gained’t be capable of preserve Virginia off the board, nevertheless it has the facility to restrict the injury.
Jonathan Levitan: Virginia 44-38

Duke’s final two matchups each had shootout potential, and so does this one. The Cavaliers and their elite go assault match up effectively with the Blue Devils, however the guests additionally ought to reap the benefits of Virginia’s league-worst dashing protection. I’m undecided how both workforce will get too many stops. Seize some popcorn, this might be wild.
Micah Hurewitz: Virginia, 42-24
Duke’s run offense in opposition to the worst run protection within the convention. Virginia’s go offense in opposition to Duke’s secondary. Factors will likely be scored, assured. However on this one, the Cavaliers will win out with the deep roster of pass-catchers and top-of-the-line quarterbacks—statistics-wise—within the nation. It should be one other two weeks earlier than Duke has an opportunity at its first convention win barring a Durant miracle and a efficiency for the ages from Lummie Younger IV, Leonard Johnson and the remainder of the secondary.
Cam Polo Virginia 40-24

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Look, this one’s gonna be a shootout. Each groups have extraordinarily high-powered offenses, however finally, Virginia’s will come out on high. Even one other banner efficiency from Durant wont be sufficient to outlast the Cavaliers, and the Blue Devils might have some severe reflecting to do after this week.
Piazza: 4-2
Rego: 3-3
Jackson: 2-4
Levitan: 3-3
Hurewitz: 3-3
Polo: 2-4

Max RegoMax Rego is a Trinity junior and sports activities managing editor for The Chronicle’s 117th quantity.Jake C. PiazzaJake Piazza is a Trinity junior and sports activities editor of The Chronicle’s 117th quantity.



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