Duke at NIU Quick Lane Bowl Picks and Predictions 12/26/2017
Tuesday, Decmber 26, 2017
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The Duke Blue Devils travel to Ford Field to take on the NIU Huskies on Tuesday, Decmber 26, 2017. The opening line for this game has Duke as 2.5 point favorites. The Blue Devils have an ATS record of 6-5-1 while their over/under record is 3-9-0. The Huskies have an over/under record of 6-6-0 and they are 6-6-0 against the spread.
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Valuable Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends
The Duke Blue Devils are 3-9-0 against the over/under
The Duke Blue Devils are 6-5-1 against the spread
Important NIU Huskies Betting Trends
The NIU Huskies are 6-6-0 against the over/under
The NIU Huskies are 6-6-0 against the spread
Key Duke Blue Devils Injuries
12/03/17 LB Ben Humphreys Leg is "?" Tuesday vs No Illinois
11/21/17 S Jeremy McDuffie Knee is out for season
09/08/17 C Will Taylor Knee is out for season
Key NIU Huskies Injuries
11/23/17 QB Ryan Graham Elbow is out for season
10/04/17 LB Kyle Pugh Bicep out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Duke Blue Devils are 85th in Division 1 in points scored with 310. They have run 922 plays this season for 4,541 yards, which ranks them 83rd in the nation in total offense. The Blue Devils average 4.9 yards per play, which is 116th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 272 1st downs this year, placing them 34th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Duke has run for 2,020 yards as a team, which ranks 59th in the country. They've run 493 times, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Blue Devils have been penalized on offense 60 times for 511 yards so far this season, which has them 99th in the nation in penalties. Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,439 yards this season. He has completed 230 passes on 413 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 109.6. He averages 5.9 yards per pass attempt and 5.3 adjusted yards per throw.
Duke is 26th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 250. They have surrendered a total of 4,066 yards on D, which is 25th in Division 1. The Blue Devils are ranked 41st in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Opposing offenses have completed 152 passes on 301 attempts against the Duke Blue Devils defense this season, placing them 6th and 10th in the country. The Duke pass defense has also given up a total of 2,098 yards through the air, which is 11th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 469 attempts for 1,968 yards this year, putting them in 61st place in D-1 against the run. The Blue Devils have committed 71 penalties for 684 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 81st in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Duke is ranked 56th in the nation in punt returns with 18. They've accumulated 104 punt return yards and average 5.8 yards per return, which is 92nd in college football. They have returned 28 kicks for 679 yards on special teams, ranking 68th in kick return yardage. The Blue Devils average 24 yards per kick return and they are 89th in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,324. The Duke Blue Devils have attempted 22 field goals this season and made 17, which is 26th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 81%. Duke Blue Devils kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 34 for 36 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,610 yards on 62 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 52nd in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Huskies have run for 2,280 yards as a team, which ranks 40th in the nation. They've run 526 times, averaging 4.3 yards per rush as a unit. The Huskies have been penalized on offense 77 times for 712 yards so far this year, which has them 50th in the country in penalties. They are 49th in Division 1 in points scored with 362. They have run 905 plays this year for 4,657 yards, which ranks them 90th in the nation in total offense. The NIU Huskies average 5.1 yards per play, which is 109th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 251 1st downs this season, ranking them 62nd overall as an offensive unit. Marcus Childers has completed 137 throws while attempting 239 passes for a completion percentage of 57.3%. He has passed for 1,445 yards this year. He averages 6.4 adjusted yards per throw and 6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 124.6.
The NIU Huskies rush defense has given up 474 attempts for 1,348 yards this season, putting them in 10th place in the country against the run. They have had 76 penalties for 778 yards on defense this year. That places them 108th in Division 1. NIU is 27th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 250. They have given up a total of 3,941 yards on D, which is 19th in the nation. The Huskies are 8th in yards per play allowed with 4.6. Opponent offenses have completed 215 throws on 388 attempts against the NIU defense this season, ranking them 57th and 82nd in the country. The NIU Huskies pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,594 yards in the air, which is 54th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The NIU Huskies have tried 16 field goals this year and made 10, which is 106th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 56%. NIU kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 47 for 47 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,268 yards on 80 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That ranks them 79th in the NCAA in punting average. NIU is 3rd in the country in punt returns with 34. They've totaled 148 punt return yards and average 4.5 yards per return, which is 113th in D-1. They have returned 34 kicks for 718 yards on special teams, which puts them 57th in kick return yardage. The Huskies average 22 yards per kick return and they are 78th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 5,522.
Who will win tonight's Blue Devils/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies +2.5
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