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Duke Travels to West Point to Take On Army - Vegas Says it's a Toss Up

9/12/09

Week one in college football is in the books and we have had some surprises like the Oklahoma Sooners losing both their Heisman quarterback in Sam Bradford and their tight end Jermaine Gresham to injury and falling to the BYU Cougars, but then there were games that ended just like expected with both the USC Trojans and the number one Florida Gators just destroying their week one opponents.

Even though Army and the Duke Blue Devils arenít going to be playing in a big time bowl game anytime soon, they still have a game to play this Saturday on Armyís home field in Michie Stadium at West Point.

The season started off poorly once again for the Blue Devils as they dropped their opener against Richmond 16-24. There arenít many positives that came out of this game for Duke besides the fact that they do have a solid offensive attack through the air with quarterback Thaddeus Lewis behind center.

Lewis threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns in the loss against the Richmond Spiders in front of the largest Duke crowd since 2001 with 33,311 in attendance.

Even though Lewis was on his game and threw the football 55 times in this contest, the Blue Devils just couldnít get anything else going against the Spiders of Richmond and dropped to 0-1 on the season.

The Army Black Knights on the other hand had a very promising start to the season as they did something that they hadnít done since way back in 1996 by winning their season opener away from home 27-14 over the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

The Blue Devils may have a potent passing game with Thaddeus Lewis taking the snaps, but they will without doubt have their work cut out for them against the Black Knights on Saturday with Armyís season debut on their home field at West Point.

The line on this game has been flip flopping with both teams having been favored by a point at one time this week. The game currently sits at pk at most sportsbooks, so we're just being asked to pick a winner here. Despite the different fortunes of these two a week ago, we're going to back Duke in this spot. They improved by leaps and bounds a year ago, actually becoming a competitive team. Neither of these teams are world beaters. A year ago Duke managed to beat Navy 41-31 while Army was blanked by Navy 34-0. That's about as far as we can go when trying to determine a talent level here.

We simply expect to see Duke continue to improve and if that's going to happen, they're going to have to get by the likes of Army.
 

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