Given their recent collegiate history, meeting Duke and Kansas in a battle between undefeated soccer teams is quite a surprise.
However, that will be the case when the Blue Devils and Jayhawk face off on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence, Kansas.
Both are 3-0 this season, Duke and Kansas combined 5-19 last season. The last time Kansas had a successful record was in 2008, and it’s also the last time the Jayhawks had more than one Big 12 Conference win in a single season.
Duke has only won one ACC game in the past two seasons while he’s been 5-18 overall.
None of that matters this season yet.
Kansas already has a league win, after beating West Virginia, 55-42, on the road on September 10. The Jayhawks followed up with a win, 48-30, in Houston on Saturday.
At 53 points per game so far, the Jayhawks are the preferred bet to beat Duke and start 4-0. this is the first time Kansas preferred over Power Five discount Since 2009.
Duke beat Kansas 52-33 at Wallace Wade last season in what proved to be the last win in David Cutcliffe’s tenure with the Blue Devils.
Mike Elko replaced Cutcliffe last December and the Blue Devils have already reached total wins last season.
Three players roosters to watch
Riley Leonard, QB: ACC second place in percentage completeness (72.7%) with five touchdowns. Two quick touchdowns were added against NC A&T on Saturday night.
Jordan Moore, WR: He has a touchdown catch in all three of Duke’s games this season. He leads the Blue Devils with 13 grips. All of them are a sophomore who went from quarterback to wide receiver last month.
Jaylene Stinson, DB: Second in the team in interventions with 21, including 13 singles stops. He has one of five forced fumble roosters this season.
Three KS players to watch
Milestone Daniels, Qatar: The 6-foot-tall little player is a double threat that Duke will face on Saturday. Daniels threw seven touchdowns, with only one interception, and rushed for three. He averages 8.78 yards per lunge attempt. He completed 67.1% of his passes.
Devin Neal, right-back: Tied to lead the team with four quick touchdowns. He gained 204 flowing yards, averaging 7.29 healthy yards per load.
Lonnie Phelps, D: He has five tackles to lose, including three sacks, in three games to lead the Jayhawks.
Vegas betting odds
KS opened as a file 9.5 preferred points above duke.
Duke in KS game and TV info
From: Duke (3-0) vs. Kansas (3-0)
where: David Booth KS Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas
When: Saturday afternoon