College Football Picks: Experts Like Stanford Cardinal To Defeat Duke

August 31, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes (6) passes the ball during the third quarter against the San Jose State Spartans at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal defeated the Spartans 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Many experts expect Stanford to beat Duke on Saturday night.

The Stanford Cardinal are still adjusting to life without Andrew Luck in their backfield, and there were certainly a couple of bumps along the way last weekend. After sneaking one out in their season opener, the team will now welcome the Duke Blue Devils for a non-conference matchup.

Most experts around the college football world like the Cardinal to win big on Saturday night.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell of ESPN's Pac-12 blog have already made their picks:

Kevin: Stanford 24, Duke 17. Traveling cross-country is never easy. We saw that last season when Duke hung with the Cardinal in the first half in Durham. The Cardinal have some core fundamentals to fix before next week's game against the Trojans.

Ted: Stanford 30, Duke 17. The Cardinal will play better this weekend on both sides of the ball. And they need to. Duke thinks it has a bowl team and is hungry to earn respect.

The gurus at CBSSports.com also made their picks. All seven experts picked Stanford to win, as did their computer simulation of the game.

Here is SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein with a few picks for this weekend's action.

For more on the Cardinal, be sure to check out Rule of Tree.

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