Birmingham Bowl: Troy vs. Duke Predictions – Saturday, Dec. 23

Troy Trojans running back Kimani Vidal (28) runs with the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michie Stadium.
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The Troy Trojans (11-2) are set to face off against the Duke Blue Devils (7-5) in a highly anticipated matchup. With the Trojans on a remarkable 10-game winning streak and the Blue Devils looking to finish the season strong, this game promises to be a clash of momentum against resolve.

Troy Trojans vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds Info

  • Moneyline: Troy -300 (BetMGM) / Duke +250 (FanDuel)
  • Spread: Troy -7.5
  • Total: 44.5 / Over -110 (BetMGM) / Under -110 (BetMGM)

Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 23
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: Protective Stadium – Birmingham, AL
  • TV: ABC

Troy Trojans Betting Trends

  • On the road, Troy Trojans are 5 and 1 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Troy Trojans are 8 and 5.
  • Against the spread on the road, Troy Trojans are 5 and 1.

Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends

  • At home, Duke Blue Devils are 6 and 1 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Duke Blue Devils are 6 and 6.
  • Against the spread at home, Duke Blue Devils are 4 and 3.

Troy vs. Duke Blue Devils Predictions

The Troy Trojans are entering the game with an impressive record, boasting a dominant offense that has led them to an 11-win season. Their high-scoring attack, coupled with a stout defense that has been tough on opponents, makes them a formidable contender. The Trojans’ success has been in large part due to their star players’ outstanding performances, with their quarterback consistently finding ways to put points on the board and their defense coming up with crucial stops in key moments.

On the other side, the Duke Blue Devils have had a season of ups and downs but have shown resilience and the ability to compete with tough opponents. With a 7-win season, the Blue Devils are not to be underestimated, especially when playing on their home turf. Their offense has been efficient, and their defense has had moments of brilliance, which they will need to replicate to slow down the Trojans’ powerful attack.

Troy vs. Duke Pick

The Troy Trojans have demonstrated a strong ability to cover the spread, especially on the road where they are 5-1 against the spread this season. Their overall ATS record of 8-5 indicates a consistency in performing above expectations.

Furthermore, the Trojans are riding a 10-game winning streak, showcasing their ability to maintain momentum and close out games. The offensive prowess of the Trojans, combined with their solid defense, suggests they can handle the pressure of an away game and still cover the spread.

The Duke Blue Devils have an ATS record that is less convincing at 6-6, and they are only 4-3 against the spread at home. Given these trends, the Trojans’ recent form makes them the right pick to cover the spread.

Additionally, the matchup seems favorable for the Trojans, who have been efficient both offensively and defensively against teams with similar profiles to the Blue Devils.

The odds and recent trends suggest that the Trojans are well-equipped to overcome this challenge and cover the spread, continuing their pattern of strong performances against the odds.

The Pick: Troy -7.5 (BetMGM)