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Stanford Vs. Duke Odds: Cardinal Favored By Two Touchdowns

After Stanford began its season with a slim 20-17 victory over San Jose State, the Cardinal open as two-touchdown favorites over Duke on Saturday.

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

After Stanford began its season with a slim 20-17 victory over San Jose State, the Cardinal open as two-touchdown favorites over Duke on Saturday.

The Cardinal rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns and got out to an early 14-0 lead over San Jose State before yielding to the Spartans. San Jose State tied the game at 17 before Jordan Williamson's 20-yard field goal gave Stanford its lead for good with 13:15 left to play.

Stanford converted just 2-of-13 on third down in the opener.

The Blue Devils won their opener, a 46-26 rout over Florida International. Duke took control of that game during a 30-point second quarter that included two touchdown passes, two touchdown runs, a field goal and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown.

Still, Stanford opens Saturday's game as a 14-point favorite in the second game of quarterback Josh Nunes' starting career as Andrew Luck's replacement.

The Cardinal play Duke at 7:30 p.m. PT on Saturday.

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