Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Duke Blue Devils, Quick Lane Bowl, College Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Preview, Picks and Predictions

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Duke vs Northern Illinois, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 5:15 PM ET, Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TV: 5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Duke -5
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231-NIU Huskies +5½ -106 +175 Ov 47 -105
232-Duke Blue Devils -5½ -114 -205 Un 47 -115
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The fans at Ford Field will be treated to a game between the NIU Huskies and the Duke Blue Devils when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS (8-4, 6-2 MAC): Quarterback Marcus Childers, the MAC Freshman of the Year, took over the reins in early October after Ryan Graham suffered an elbow injury in Week 1 and Daniel Santacaterina battled turnover issues. Childers completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,440 yards with 15 touchdowns against five interceptions and picked up an additional 454 rushing yards with five more TDs. Senior Jordan Huff (740 yards in nine games, 5.8 per carry), is the main threat in the run game while Childers has five receivers that caught between 28 and 39 passes, but four of the five averaged less than 12 yards per catch.

ABOUT DUKE (6-6, 3-5 ACC): Prior to the big outing against the Demon Deacons, Jones (2,439 passing yards, 12 TDs; 432 rushing yards, six TDs) had passed for more than 200 yards only twice in his seven previous games, a big reason why the Blue Devils ranked last in the ACC in passer efficiency rating (110.3) and 12th in scoring offense (25.8 points per game). Senior Shaun Wilson (743 yards, five TDs) and freshman Brittain Brown (660, six) will split carries and junior wideout T.J. Rahming (61 receptions, 733 yards, one TD) will be Jones’ main target downfield. Duke sophomore kicker Austin Parker, who made 17-of-21 field goal attempts and averaged 42.1 yards per punt, was dismissed from the program for violation of university academic policy.

Oddsmakers opened the Blue Devils as -2.5-point favorites versus the Huskies, while the game’s total opened at 48.

QUICK LANE BOWL STORYLINES

1. Northern Illinois and Duke, teams that had lengthy bowl streaks interrupted last season, will each bring a standout defender and stingy defense to the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. The Huskies, who had a streak of eight consecutive bowl appearances snapped last season, are led by sophomore defensive end Sutton Smith, the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first Huskie since 1993 to be named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team. Sophomore linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, who was a first team All-ACC and second team All-American pick after leading the Blue Devils in tackles (117) and tackles for loss (15), helped Duke return to a bowl game for the fifth time in six years after a 17-year absence.

2. Smith leads FBS in sacks (14), tackles for loss (28.5), pressures (73) and defensive touchdowns (two) – all school records – and is 3.5 tackles for loss away from the NCAA single-season record of 32 set by Western Michigan’s Jason Babin in 2003. With Sutton wreaking havoc in the backfield, the Huskies enter ranked in the top 25 in FBS in nine defensive categories, including first in tackles for loss (106), second in sacks (41), 11th in rushing defense (112.3 yards per game) and 18th in total defense (328 yards per game). The 6-2, 230 pound Giles, who ranks third in the ACC and tied for 20th in the nation in tackles per game (9.8), heads a unit that ranked first in the ACC in opponent completion percentage (50.3), second in pass defense (174.8 yards per game) and third in interceptions (15), with four returned for touchdowns.

3. Northern Illinois finished in a tie for second place in the West Division of the MAC with its signature victory a 21-17 decision at Big Ten-member Nebraska. The Huskies are no strangers to Detroit and Ford Field, playing here in six consecutive MAC championship games from 2010-15, winning three times. Duke won its first four games this season by a combined 101 points, dropped its next six contests before rebounding with consecutive wins to close out the regular season, including a 31-23 triumph over Wake Forest on Nov. 25 behind a career-high 346 passing yards and three total touchdowns from Daniel Jones.

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Duke won its last outing, a 31-23 result against Demon Deacons on November 25. Duke covered in that game as a +10-point underdog, while the 54 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Last time out for NIU, they were a 31-24 loser as they battled Chippewas on the road. NIU failed to cover in the match as a -2.5-point favorite, while 55 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

NIU:
Team record: 8-4 SU,6-6 ATS

Duke:
Team record: 6-6 SU,7-5 ATS

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