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Line: Stanford by 15
Series Record: Stanford leads 2-1
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Stanford seeks to avoid another slip after squeaking out a 20-17 win over San Jose State in the opener and tune up for a showdown against No. 2 Southern California next week. Duke is going for its first road victory over a ranked team since 1971, when the Blue Devils beat Stanford 9-3.
Duke’s run defense against Stanford’s running game. It’s no secret that San Jose State stayed close with Stanford because it slowed the Cardinal running game and forced new quarterback Josh Nunes to throw. The Cardinal were 2 for 13 on third downs. If the Blue Devils could force Nunes into third-and-long situations, there’s no telling what could happen without Andrew Luck around anymore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stanford: LB Shayne Skov. The senior linebacker, who led the Cardinal with 84 tackles to go with 7 1/2 sacks two years ago, makes his return after a left knee injury in the third game at Arizona sidelined him for all of last season. He also served a one-game suspension against San Jose State for a DUI arrest.
Duke: Brandon Connette. The redshirt sophomore does a little bit of everything. He’s a backup quarterback who runs short-yardage plays out of the wildcat formation. He lines up at tight end, wide receiver, running back and plays on a couple of special teams, too. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another in Duke’s 46-26 win over Florida International last week.
FACTS & FIGURES
Stanford won 41-14 at Duke last year. … Duke is 23-128-6 against ranked opponents. … The Blue Devils’ last win against a ranked opponent was a 28-25 win over Virginia on Nov. 5, 1994. … Stanford is trying to start 2-0 for the third straight year. … Stanford played 10 true freshmen in the season opener and 17 total players made their collegiate debut. … Duke is the only Atlantic Coast Conference team to play two opponents that appeared in bowl games in its first two games this year.
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