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Kansas-Duke college football preview

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone. The Associated Press

▪ When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

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▪ The series: Kansas leads 1-0

▪ The line: Duke by 15 1/2

KANSAS (1-0)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 6

Southeast Mo.

W, 34-28

Saturday

at Duke

2:30 p.m.

Sept. 20

Central Michigan

TBA

Sept. 27

Texas

TBA

Oct. 4

at West Virginia

TBA

Oct. 11

Oklahoma State

TBA

Oct. 18

at Texas Tech

TBA

Nov. 1

at Baylor

TBA

Nov. 8

Iowa State

TBA

Nov. 15

TCU

TBA

Nov. 22

at Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 29

at Kansas State

TBA

DUKE (2-0)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

Elon

W, 52-13

Sept. 6

Troy

W, 34-17

Saturday

Kansas

2:30 p.m.

Sept. 20

Tulane

6 p.m.

Sept. 27

at Miami, Fla.

6 p.m.

Oct. 11

at Georgia Tech

1 p.m.

Oct. 18

Virginia

3 p.m.

Nov. 1

at Pittsburgh

1 p.m.

Nov. 8

at Syracuse

2 p.m.

Nov. 15

Virginia Tech

1:30 p.m.

Nov. 20

North Carolina

7:30 p.m.

Nov. 29

Wake Forest

1 p.m.

What’s at stake

The last time Kansas won a road game, Charlie Weis was still the head coach at Notre Dame. The date was Sept. 12, 2009. The opponent was Texas-El Paso. Yes, it’s been a while. Two years ago, during Weis’ first season at Kansas, he often referenced a road victory as a necessity. The streak was at three-plus years then, and even that seemed long. Now the Jayhawks have another opportunity to snap a 27-game losing streak away from Lawrence (24 in true road games). More than that, Kansas has a chance to make a statement against a rising Duke program that was in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game last season. After an uneven performance in the season-opening victory over Southeast Missouri, the Jayhawks also need a respectable performance to diffuse any “same old, same old” talk around Lawrence.

Cheers if …

Senior receiver Nick Harwell continues to play like a No. 1 receiver. A transfer from Miami (Ohio) in his first season at Kansas, Harwell had two touchdown receptions in the opener — two more than any KU receiver had during the entire 2012 season.

Jeers if …

Montell Cozart completes fewer than 50 percent of his passes. Cozart was 12 for 24 passing last week in a decent season debut. He racked up three touchdown passes but also missed on a handful of deep balls. To have a chance at an upset, Cozart needs to have the most efficient game of his young career.

Three things about Duke

1 Duke starting quarterback Anthony Boone improved to 12-0 as a starter in regular-season games after helping the Blue Devils to a 34-17 victory at Troy last week. Boone has completed 66 percent of his passes while throwing for 515 yards during a 2-0 start.

2 The Blue Devils have won five straight home games and eight consecutive home games against nonconference opponents.

3 A couple of connections to Charlie Weis: Duke athletic director Kevin White previously worked at Notre Dame and hired Weis in December 2004; Duke receiver Max McCaffrey is the son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, who played for Weis with the New York Giants.

Key matchup

Duke receiver Jamison Crowder vs. the KU secondary. Crowder, a shifty 5-foot-9 senior, has hauled in 212 career passes, which ranks sixth in the ACC. In addition, Crowder has gone 30 straight games with at least two catches. KU cornerbacks JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald will have their hands full.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

19

Justin McCay

6-2

210

Jr.

LT

61

Pat Lewandowski

6-5

290

Sr.

LG

63

Ngalu Fusimalohi

6-2

310

Sr.

C

70

Keyon Haughton

6-2

300

Jr.

RG

65

Mike Smithburg

6-3

305

Sr.

RT

73

Damon Martin

6-3

305

Jr.

TE

41

Jimmay Mundine

6-2

240

Sr.

WR

8

Nick Harwell

6-1

193

Sr.

WR

3

Tony Pierson

5-10

175

Sr.

QB

2

Montell Cozart

6-2

200

So.

RB

23

De’Andre Mann

5-9

198

Jr.

K

17

Matthew Wyman

6-1

200

So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DT

90

Andrew Bolton

6-3

290

Jr.

NT

98

Keon Stowers

6-3

297

Sr.

DE

93

Ben Goodman

6-3

250

Jr.

LB

55

Michael Reynolds

6-1

240

Sr.

LB

31

Ben Heeney

6-2

230

Sr.

LB

57

Jake Love

6-0

220

Jr.

NB

30

Tevin Shaw

5-11

192

So.

CB

24

JaCorey Shepherd

5-11

195

Sr.

SS

5

Isaiah Johnson

6-1

210

Jr.

FS

33

Cassius Sendish

6-0

195

Sr.

CB

12

Dexter McDonald

6-1

205

Sr.

P

16

Trevor Pardula

6-5

212

Sr.

DUKE OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

87

Max McCaffrey

6-2

195

Jr.

WR

3

Jamison Crowder

5-9

175

Sr.

LT

73

Takoby Cofield

6-4

310

Sr.

LG

67

Lucas Patrick

6-4

305

Jr.

C

62

Matt Skura

6-4

305

Jr.

RG

77

Laken Tomlinson

6-3

330

Sr.

RT

71

Casey Blaser

6-5

285

So.

TE

80

David Reeves

6-5

255

Jr.

WR

17

Issac Blakeney

6-6

225

Sr.

QB

7

Anthony Boone

6-1

225

Sr.

RB

28

Shaquille Powell

5-10

205

Jr.

K

35

Ross Martin

5-10

185

Jr.

DUKE DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

42

Dezmond Johnson

6-4

260

Sr.

DT

91

Jamal Bruce

6-2

314

Sr.

DT

98

Carlos Wray

6-2

290

Jr.

DE

94

Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo

6-4

240

Sr.

LB

47

David Helton

6-4

240

Sr.

LB

32

Chris Holmes

6-2

215

Fr.

CB

14

Bryce Fields

5-11

180

So.

S

33

Deondre Singleton

5-11

180

So.

S

16

Jeremy Cash

6-2

205

Jr.

S

27

DeVon Edwards

5-9

175

So.

CB

31

Breon Borders

6-0

175

So.

P

41

Will Monday

6-4

210

Jr.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Duke 31-21

Sometimes games are about timing. KU is more capable than it showed against Southeast Missouri. Charlie Weis believes the Jayhawks have the talent to match up with Duke on paper. But with KU still learning the contours of its new offense — and the location on the road — the Devils should have enough to emerge on top.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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