Duke vs. NIU - 12/26/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
NIU Huskies (8-4) at Duke Blue Devils (6-6)
College Football: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -2.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
Up at Ford Field on December 26, the Duke Blue Devils and the Northern Illinois Huskies will be meeting up in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Duke enters this game with a 6-6 record so far. After winning four games to open up the season, the Blue Devils went on a six-game losing streak before winning their final two versus Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. In that Demon Deacons game, Duke QB Daniel Jones put up 346 yards with two TDs and three INTs.
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On the season, Jones has 2439 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 picks, while Shaun Wilson leads Duke in rushing on 743 yards and five TDs. TJ Rahming is tops among the Blue Devils receiving corps with 733 yards and one TD from 61 receptions.
Over on the Northern Illinois side, they’re currently 8-4 on the year. The Huskies went 2-2 over their last four games, beating Ball State and Western Michigan while falling to Toledo and Central Michigan. In that Chippewas game, Huskies QB Marcus Childers logged 128 yards, one TD and two picks.
Childers has 1440 yards with 15 TDs and five INTs this year, and Jordan Huff leads the Huskies with 740 yards and four TDs on the ground. Spencer Tears is the leading Northern Illinois receiver with 461 yards and four TDs on 39 catches.
The Blue Devils are 13-1 ATS in their last 14 games on field turf and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win. Duke is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Meanwhile, the Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up loss. Northern Illinois is also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the ACC and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Duke looked pretty miserable during that six-game losing streak, only scoring more than 17 points once during that stretch. The good news is that the Blue Devils put up 74 points combined in their last pair of games. As for the Huskies, they’ve allowed 62 points over their last pair of games but did hang a whopping 63 on Ball State last month. I’m not overly impressed with either offense here, so this could be a sloppy game. The Devils probably have the advantage here and can cover, so I’ll take Duke.