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Duke vs. UCF picks and best bets for Military Bowl

The Blue Devils and Knights will take the field on Wednesday afternoon from Maryland.

Cincinnati v UCF Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Duke Blue Devils and UCF Knights will play the first of four bowl games on Wednesday, December 28th. The Military Bowl will get started at 2:00 p.m. ET from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. UCF lost to the Tulane Green Wave in the AAC Championship, and Duke is in a bowl game for the first time since 2018.

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Duke -3.5
Total: 62
Moneyline: Duke -165, UCF +140

Key players that have opted out, injuries for Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Duke

LB Rocky Shelton II - Out (transfer)
DB Tony Davis - Out (transfer)
WR Darrell Harding Jr. - Out (transfer)

UCF

TE Jordan Davis - Out (ankle)
WR Amari Johnson - Out (leg)
LB Terrence Lewis - Out (transfer)
QB Mikey Keene - Out (transfer)
QB John Rhys Plumlee - Questionable (undisclosed)
LB Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste - Out (transfer)
WR Ryan O’Keefe - Out (transfer)
CB Davonte Brown - Out (transfer)
WR Jordan Johnson - Out (transfer)

Weather

Mostly sunny skies. High of 39 degrees. 5 MPH winds.

The Pick: Duke -3.5

The Blue Devils rank substantially higher than UCF in yards per play offensively and defensively, and that’s coming against mostly Power 5 opponents. Mike Elko completely changed the culture around the program quickly, and Duke should be fired up to pick up a victory on Wednesday afternoon. Let’s side with the favorites in this spot.