Duke looks to become the first ACC team this season to score two non-conference victories over opponents from the Power Five when the Blue Devils face Kansas at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday.
The Blue Devils have improved to 2-1 this season with a win over Northwestern last week. Duke led the Wildcats in the first half, recording 400 yards of attack and intercepting Northwestern three times. The Blue Devils then survived a rally from the northwest in the second half.
Kansas is 1-2 on the year. The Jayhawks survived a close game against South Dakota in Game 1, escaping with a 17-14 victory. They went on to suffer back-to-back losses, 27 at Coastal Carolina and 38 at home against Baylor.
The Jayhawks suffered another big loss this week when last season’s leading runner Velton Gardner entered the transfer portal. True freshman Devin Neal, who has 73 rushing yards this season, will get the majority of carries.
For Duke, wide receiver Jalon Calhoun was questionable for the game after leaving Northwestern with an injury. However, he did take part in the pre-game warm-ups and looks like he can play.
This week’s game closes Duke’s non-conference schedule. The Blue Devils open the ACC game next week in North Carolina in the annual Tar Heels No.21 rivalry game.
The weather should be relatively cool 75 degrees and sunny at kickoff. Wind doesn’t seem to be a major factor in the kicking game as the flags are all stationary during pre-match warm-ups.
There are no NFL scouts in the press gallery this week, although the Cheez-It Bowl has a rep at the game for the second week in a row.