Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Devils (+2.5)
The Duke Blue Devils (1-1) are hosting the Northwestern Wildcats (1-1) at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. Duke opens this game as 2.5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 49.5.
The Northwestern Wildcats head into this matchup 1-1 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Wildcats played the Indiana State Sycamores and notched a win by a score of 24-6. Hunter Johnson went 9/16 with 66 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 99.0 and walked away from the contest with 1 pick. Evan Hull led the offense in rushing for the Wildcats with 22 carries for 126 yds (5.7 yards per carry). On the day, they tallied 62 plays which gave them a total of 275 yds. The Northwestern Wildcats ran the football 46 times and accrued 209 yards, which came out to an average of 4.5 yds per carry. In the running game, the Wildcats gave up 31 yds on 22 attempts, which is 1.4 yards per run surrendered. Northwestern conceded 22 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 138 yards, and a completion rate of 62.9%.
The Wildcats have attained 675 total yards this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Northwestern has compiled 4 passing touchdowns and 2 touchdowns via the ground. Northwestern has accounted for 38 first downs, and they have committed 11 infractions for 95 yards. As a team they maintain an average of 163.0 yards rushing which is 56th in the country. Regarding scoring, the Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 22.5 points per outing.
The Wildcats are ranked 76th in the nation when it comes to team defense, allowing 22.0 points per contest. The opposition is running for an average of 6.1 yards per rush on the ground and 178.5 yards on the ground per game for the year. During the season, they have given up 357 running yards through 2 contests. In terms of passing yards, the Wildcats are allowing 323 yards which has them ranked 62nd in Division 1. They are conceding 161.5 yards per outing via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 60.7%. Over the course of this season, they have surrendered 340.0 yards/outing which has them sitting 93rd in Division 1.
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The Blue Devils come into this game with a record of 1-1 this year. When they last played, the Blue Devils walked away with a victory by a final of 45-17 against the North Carolina A&T Aggies. Mataeo Durant carried the football 15 times for 41 yards, walking away from the game with 2.7 yards per carry for Duke. Gunnar Holmberg finished the contest with 270 yds on 20/27 through the air while his quarterback rate was 158.1. He didn't throw any interceptions and his Y/A was 10.0. Duke surrendered 48 rushing attempts for 208 yds (4.3 yds per carry). The Blue Devils pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 57.1%, surrendering 56 yards on 12 out of 21 through the air. The Blue Devils finished the contest with 433 yds on 71 plays (6.1 yds per play). Duke rushed the football for 3.9 yards per attempt, finishing with 150 yards on 38 attempts.
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Blue Devils are sitting 38th in the country averaging 36.5 points per game. For the season thus far, the Blue Devils have thrown for 511 passing yards as well as holding an average of 255.5 passing yards per contest, ranking them 30th in college football. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 506.5 yards/contest, which ranks them 17th in the nation. The Duke offense has totaled 104 yds of penalties on 12 infractions, which is 57th in the country in terms of hurting your team.
The Blue Devils are surrendering 24.0 points per game, which has them sitting 90th in college football. Duke has yielded a total of 362 rushing yards (181.0 yards per contest) as well as 3 touchdowns via the rush this year. Over the course of the season, they have given up 48 points in total. They have conceded 3 touchdowns through the air and 190.0 yards per game, which puts them in 85th in college football. The Blue Devils defense has taken the field for 139 plays, which is 109th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Wildcats/Blue Devils college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Devils +2.5
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