Saturday, September 17, 2016
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The Duke Blue Devils take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Ryan Field. The opening line for this game has Northwestern as 6 point favorites. This season the Blue Devils are 1-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 0-2-0. The Wildcats have an over/under record of 0-2-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread.
Daniel Jones finished with 332 yards through the air for Duke last week. He completed 31 passes out of 48 attempts for a 65% completion percentage. The Blue Devils were led in rushing by Jela Duncan, who finished with 25 yards on 9 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Anthony Nash was the team leader in receiving with a total of 112 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. As a team in that game Duke got a total of 21 first downs by way of 5 rushing, 15 passing, and 1 by penalty. They ran 78 total plays for 369 yards for the game. The Blue Devils ran for 37 yards on 30 attempts.
Clayton Thorson finished with 191 yards through the air for Northwestern last week. He completed 17 passes out of 41 attempts for a 41% completion percentage. The Wildcats were led in rushing by Justin Jackson, who finished with 39 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Austin Carr was the team leader in receiving with a total of 73 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 10 yards per reception. Northwestern got a total of 16 first downs by way of 4 rushing, 10 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 72 total plays for 277 yards for the game. The Wildcats ran for 86 yards on 31 attempts.
Duke scores 31.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 67th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 23.5 passes on 37 attempts for a 63.5 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 279.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 35th in college football. The Blue Devils run for an average of 172.5 yards per game on 46.5 attempts for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. That ranks them 72nd in the nation. They also run 83.5 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 452 yards per game, ranking their offense 53rd overall this season. The Blue Devils average 25 first downs per game which ranks them 32nd in the country. They accumulate 53.5 penalty yards per game via 7.5 penalties, which ranks 70th in the nation.
Duke allows 112 passing yards per game, ranking 12th in D-1, and they allow 15 points per contest on defense, which ranks 31st. They give up 8 completions on 20.5 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 39. The Blue Devils allow 138.5 rushing yards per game on 39 carries for an average of 3.6 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 65th in the country. Duke allows 250.5 total yards per game including 4.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 21st in terms of yards per game. They force 2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.5 penalties for 52 yards per game, ranking them 54th among D-1 teams.
Northwestern averages 14 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 121st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 16 passes per game on 31.5 attempts for a 50.8 percent completion percentage. They throw for 193.5 yards through the air per game, ranking them 90th in Division 1. The Wildcats run for an average of 104.5 yards per game on 31 attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 112th on the ground. They also run 62.5 plays per game and average 4.8 yards per play for a total of 298 yards per game, ranking them 116th in the country on offense. The Wildcats get an average of 15.5 first downs per game, which ranks 119th in the nation. They average 45 penalty yards per game via 4 penalties, ranking them 96th in college football.
Northwestern allows an average of 252.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 93rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 15.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 32nd in the nation. They give up 28 completions on 38.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 72.7 per game. The Wildcats allow 141.5 rushing yards per contest on 39 carries for a 3.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 68th in the country. Northwestern allows 394 total yards per game for an average of 5.1 yards per play, which ranks 86th in D-1. They force 2 turnovers per contest and 6 penalties for 59.5 yards in each contest, ranking 75th in the nation.
Duke Betting Trends
Duke is 0-2-0 against the over/under this season
Duke has an ATS record of 1-1-0 this season
Northwestern Betting Trends
Northwestern is 0-2-0 against the over/under this season
Northwestern has an ATS record of 0-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/11/16 WR Scott Bracey Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Northwestern
09/09/16 WR Keyston Fuller Knee out indefinitely
09/01/16 DT Zach Morris Knee out for season
08/28/16 QB Thomas Sirk Achilles out for season
08/20/16 DT Brandon Boyce Suspension expected to miss first 3 games
08/20/16 DB Phillip Carter Suspension expected to miss first 3 games
09/11/16 RB Justin Jackson Lower Body injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Duke
09/11/16 DL Jordan Thompson Lower Body missed last game, "?" Saturday vs. Duke
09/06/16 Backup RB Warren Long Hand is downgraded to expected to miss 4 weeks
08/19/16 DB Keith Watkins II Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Northwestern
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