Riley Leonard, Top Duke vs. UConn Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

Jordan Waters will lead the Duke Blue Devils (3-0) into their matchup versus the UConn Huskies (0-3) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET.

The Blue Devils last played against the Northwestern Wildcats, and they came out on top 38-14. The Huskies came up short by a final score of 24-17 last time out against the Florida International Panthers.

Riley Leonard finished with 219 yards on 15-20 passing (75.0%) in the Blue Devils’ last game, plus 13 rushing attempts for 97 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Waters ran for two touchdowns while totaling 65 yards on 10 attempts. Jalon Calhoun posted 112 yards on five receptions.

In the Huskies’ last game, Ta’Quan Roberson threw for 170 yards on 15-32 passing (46.9%), adding one touchdown. Devontae Houston rushed for 126 yards on 19 attempts. He also hauled in one reception for 37 yards and one touchdown. Brett Buckman gained 62 yards on five receptions.

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Duke Players to Watch

  • Leonard has thrown for 530 yards while completing 67.7% of his passes (44-of-65), with one touchdown and zero interceptions this year (176.7 yards per game). He’s also carried the ball 25 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 69.3 yards per game.
  • Waters has 32 carries for a team-high 240 rushing yards (80 per game) and five touchdowns. He also has four catches for 56 receiving yards (18.7 per game).
  • Calhoun has reeled in 14 passes for a team-best 182 yards with one touchdown. He averages 60.7 yards per game.
  • Jordan Moore’s stat line this year shows 12 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown. He puts up 53.3 receiving yards per game.
  • Nicky Dalmolin has 80 receiving yards on six receptions, averaging 26.7 yards per game.

UConn Players to Watch

  • This campaign, Roberson has recorded 386 passing yards (193 yards per game) while completing 34 of 62 passes (54.8% completion percentage), with three touchdowns and one interception.
  • Houston has 33 carries for a team-high 159 rushing yards (53 per game) and zero touchdowns. He also has four catches for 59 receiving yards (19.7 per game) and one touchdown.
  • Victor Rosa has 150 yards on 28 carries (50 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Buckman has 16 catches, leading his team with 174 yards (58 ypg) while scoring one touchdown this season.
  • Cameron Ross has tacked on 112 yards (on 10 catches).
  • Justin Joly has collected 109 yards on 11 receptions, averaging 36.3 yards per game.

Duke vs. UConn Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Duke -22.5 -112 -108 45 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Duke UConn
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 36 (48) 15 (126)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 9.3 (5) 27.7 (86)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 1 (4) 4 (60)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 4 (65) 1 (123)

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