Free Quick Lane Bowl Prediction: Blue Devils vs Huskies Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Quick Lane Bowl
(6-6) Duke Blue Devils vs. NIU Huskies (8-4)
Date: Saturday, December 26th
Time: 5:15 pm EST
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Duke -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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As a MAC team the Northern Illinois Huskies will have a chip on their shoulder to beat yet another power-five team this season.
Meanwhile, Duke will look to cap off this season with a bowl win and they’ll definitely be looking back at this season at all the missed opportunities they had that they could have capitalized on.
Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils had a pretty solid start to the season. They got off to a 4-0 start including a 41-17 win over Northwestern who ended up with 9-3 record this season.
The things went horribly wrong as they proceeded to lose six straight games. In fact, they had to win their final two games just to become bowl eligible and they obviously did that.
All in all, you can’t help but feel that this was a bit of a disappointing year. They lost a couple of winnable home games versus Florida State and Pittsburgh. Plus, you know they would like to have the Army game back, as well.
With no Clemson, NC State, or Louisville on their schedule and with Florida State and Pittsburgh having down years this was the opportunity for Duke to make a mark this year.
Duke didn’t and they’ll definitely be kicking themselves now and looking back on how the 2017 season unfolded moving forward into the future.
Typically, when you think of MAC teams defense isn’t generally what you think of, but statistically, this NIU team can play defense. They ranked 18th in total defense, 11th against the run, and their scoring defense was 26th in the nation.
On paper, NIU had a stiff schedule and they were up to the task. They opened against Boston College on the road, but came up short. They went to Lincoln and defeated the Cornhuskers 21-17.
Nebraska might not be the national power they once were, but still, for a non-power five team to defeat a power-five team on the road is still a pretty good scalp on the resume.
They went on the road against San Diego State and came up short. The other two losses were on the road as well to the best teams the MAC had to offer in Toledo and Central Michigan.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Duke is 2-3 ATS in their last five games
- Northern Illinois 2-4 ATS in their last six games
- Northern Illinois over is 5-1 in their last six games
- Duke under is 9-1 in their last ten games
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As far as picking straight up is concerned, this is a toss up in my eyes. I know this game will be a low confidence pick for me in the various bowl pick ’em games out there.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: NIU +4.5 ATS
However, as far as a bet is concerned I like Northern Illinois in this one. Like I say, this could go either way and with NIU getting more than a field goal, I like that value of that.
Quick Lane Bowl Free Score Prediction: NIU 24 – Duke 21
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