Duke vs. Northwestern - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) at Duke Blue Devils (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Wallace Wade Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham on Saturday, September 9, we’ve got Week 2 college football action coming between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils.
The Wildcats come into this game at 1-0 following a 31-20 comeback victory over Nevada in Week 1. Northwestern was trailing 17-7 at the half in that game, but outscored Nevada 24-3 in the second and third quarters. QB Clayton Thorson threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns, and also punched in a pair of rush TDs. Justin Jackson had a nice game with 30 rushes for 109 yards, while Bennett Skowronek led the way among receivers with eight grabs for 123 yards.
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In 2016, Northwestern finished 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten. That was good enough for a Pinstripe Bowl berth, where they beat Pittsburgh 31-24.
Over on the Duke side, they’re sitting at 1-0 after utterly destroying North Carolina Central in Week 1 with a 60-7 victory. Brittain Brown was all over the place in this one, rushing for 120 yards and a score on 10 carries. Daniel Jones finished 19-of-25 for 213 yards and a pair of TDs, while Aaron Young bagged 89 yards and a score on five receptions.
The Blue Devils managed to go 4-8 in 2016, finishing 1-7 in the ACC. That mark sent them into a tie for sixth place in the Coastal Division.
Northwestern is 6-0 ATS in their last six versus the ACC and 5-1 ATS in the last six games on grass. The Wildcats are also 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. Duke is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and the under is 6-0 in the Blue Devils’ last six home games.
This should be a pretty fun game, as both these offenses are capable of putting up points. It should also be a more effective barometer of Duke’s prospects for this season, as Northwestern should put up a good test. All in all, however, the Blue Devils seem to have a pretty solid offensive setup this season and I like them for a cover here. Give me Duke.