Miami football at Duke: Game, weather information and coaching matchups

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team will attempt to clinch a winning season when they travel to Duke on Saturday. A quirk in the schedule because of COVID last season will have Miami playing at Duke for the third season in a row. The Hurricanes won 48-0 last season in Durham to end a two-game losing streak to the Blue Devils.

Duke enters the game on Saturday with a seven-game losing streak. That is currently tied with Indiana for the longest in the nation. Duke is 100th nationally averaged 24.0 points per game. The Blue Devils allow 39.1 PPG which is 125 in FBS. Miami is 34th averaging 32.9 PPG and 92nd allowing 30.1 PPG.

Miami should be able to run against a Duke who allows 212.5 rushing yards per game. Miami has failed to reach 100 yards rushing in three of its last four games. Jaylan Knighton will likely share some of the carries with true freshman Thad Franklin. Franklin had eight carries for 36 yards in the fourth quarter versus Virginia Tech.

Tyler Van Dyke should be able to shred a Duke pass defense allowing 304.6 yards per game. Miami should have significant success overall offensively against Duke. Duke averages 438.3 yards on offense and 193 yards rushing. The Blue Devils offense should have success against an inconsistent Miami defense.

Miami Football versus Duke Game Information

"Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, 12:30 p.m. ET | ACC RSNDurham, N.C., Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004)MIAMI HURRICANES (6-5, 4-3 ACC)HEAD COACH: Manny Diaz (Florida State, 1995) | CAREER: 20-15 (third season) | AT MIAMI: 20-15 (third)DUKE BLUE DEVILS (3-8, 0-7 ACC)HEAD COACH: David Cutcliffe (Alabama, 1976) | CAREER: 121-125 (20th season) | AT DUKE: 77-96 (14th)Courtesy Miami Hurricanes.Com"

Miami versus Duke All-Time Series

Miami leads the all-time series against Duke 14-4. The Hurricanes have won eight out of the 10 games played in Durham. Duke last won 27-17 in Durham in 2020. The Blue Devils also won the first meeting in 1976. Miami is given a 90.3 percent chance to defeat Duke on Saturday according to the ESPN Football Power Index.


The weather forecast for Durham, NC is 46 degrees with wind out of the West/Northwest at four miles per with humidity at 32 percent at the 12:30 PM kickoff time. Miami should benefit with little wind and be able to throw on Duke. Van Dyke did a good job last week in the rain with another 300 yards plus performance.

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The Miami  football team will improve the bowl it will play in with an expected win over Duke. With Manny Diaz’s job security in question, a loss to Duke would seal his fate. A win over Duke merely keeps Diaz’s status precarious at best. The new Miami athletic director who could be hired next week will make the decision on Diaz.