Duke quarterback Daniel Jones leads an offense that averaged under 26 points and 378 yards per game this season.
Two defensive-minded teams, that showed some offensive promise late in the season, faceoff when the Northern Illinois Huskies and Duke Blue Devils travel to Detroit to play in the third edition of Quick Lane Bowl.
Blue Devils vs. Huskies Spread and Betting Analysis
The Huskies placed third in the West division of the Mid-American Conference and finished the regular season with an 8-4 mark straight up and 7-6 against the spread. They beat Nebraska on the road in Week 3 of the season but stumbled three times in conference games including at Central Michigan in their regular season finale.
Duke’s season was a bit of a rollercoaster starting with its perfect 4-0 SU and ATS beginning to the year. The Blue Devils followed that up by losing six straight and failing to cover the spread in all six. Duke finished the year 6-6 SU and 6-5-1 ATS with a 3-9 over/under record.
The Dukies are 3-0 against the number in their last three postseason appearances while Northern Illinois is 0-4 ATS and lost by an average of 26.3 points in its last three bowl games.
Close to 70 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are backing the Blue Devils to cover as 5-point faves while the market is split an even 50/50 on the 47-point total.
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils ride and die with their quarterback Daniel Jones. The sophomore is a physical specimen but doesn’t do much to boost the Blue Devils’ passing game. He finished with more interceptions than touchdown passes in six of his 12 starts but displayed his potential in the final two games of the season when he threw and ran for combined 651 yards and six touchdowns
Northern Illinois Huskies
The Huskies are on their third quarterback of the season after starter Ryan Graham was injured in Week 1 and understudy Daniel Santacaterina played poorly. The third time turned out to be a charm as Marcus Childers took over a month into the season and finished with 20 total touchdowns (15 passing, five rushing) against just five picks.
Northern Illinois starting tailback Jordan Huff is out with an ankle injury which means Graham, the MAC Freshman of the Year, will have to shoulder a larger load on offence.
The Huskies real strength is their stopper unit. The team ranks 20th in the nation in yards allowed per game at 341.3 and 27th in points allowed per game at 21.8.
Detroit is about a five hour drive away from North Illinois’s campus and the school has played at Ford Field in previous years for the MAC title game.