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Quick Lane Bowl Betting Preview: Blue Devils Are A Blazing-Hot UNDER Wager

Duke is a school that’s not necessarily known for its football program, but on the heels of a 6-6 SU campaign the Blue Devils are going bowling this year and will tangle with Northern Illinois at Ford Field in Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl.

Xbet opened the Huskies as 4.5-point underdogs with a total of 48.

Shark Bites
  • Northern Illinois is 20-8 SU in its last 28 games after losing as a favorite.
  • Duke is 1-5 SU in its last six games in December.
  • Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five games after a loss.

The Blue Devils have a solid defense but are relatively mediocre on offense, so the defensive unit is going to need to step up if they want to cover the spread in the postseason contest. Duke hasn’t exactly been a consistent bunch of late, as the squad won its first four games before dropping six straight and then defeating Georgia Tech and Wake Forest to become bowl-eligible.

Northern Illinois had its eight-season streak of making a bowl end when it finished 5-7 SU in 2016. Led by MAC defensive player of the year Sutton Smith, the Huskies rank 11th in FBS in rushing defense, 18th in total defense and 25th in scoring defense. Needless to say, the Blue Devils offense could be in for a long day against this unit.

UNDERs have been an extremely hot bet in Duke games this year. In the Blue Devils’ last 10 games, the UNDER is 9-1.

Earlier, OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 32-19 victory for the Huskies. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

NIU Huskies vs Duke Blue Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Duke will face the 8-4 NIU Huskies, who own a 6-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Duke Blue Devils are 3-9 so far this season while the Huskies are 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Duke vs NIU injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Blue Devils at No. 81 and the Huskies at No. 31 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Duke's No. 84-ranked offense, averaging 25.75 PPG, against an NIU defense that ranks No. 28 this week at 20.83 PPG. The Duke aerial game is averaging 210.92 yards per game, less than the NIU secondary allows through the air, 215.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Huskies feature the league's No. 19-rated road run defense, allowing 124.67 yards per game. Duke, meanwhile, ranks No. 41 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Huskies were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 31-24 score against Central Michigan.

Daniel Jones led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 346 yards Saturday as the Blue Devils downed the Demon Deacons 31-23 at BB&T Field.

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