The Blue Devils of the ACC square off against the Huskies of the MAC this holiday season. Kickoff for the Duke vs Northern Illinois event is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. ET, Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Quick Lane Bowl Spread: Duke -4.5 over Northern Illinois.
The Duke University football website reported that the team has resumed their practice schedule and will play in a bowl game for the fifth time in six seasons. The Blue Devils have eight total workouts on campus before heading to the Motor City for the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday, December 21.
Blue Devil Network’s Dave Harding reported on his conversation with third team All-ACC redshirt senior center Austin Davis, “how bowl practices are going, the excitement of the upcoming trip to Detroit and what it means to the program to return to a bowl game.”
Northern Illinois closed their 2017 campaign with an overall 8-4 record with a 6-2 mark in conference play.
Duke averaged 26 points per game while allowing 21 during their regular season slate. NIU scored just over 30 points per contest this season and surrendered 21 per event.
The oddsmakers opened the Blue Devils as 4.5-point favorites for this Ford Field holiday bowl. The total sits at 48.
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Quick Lane Bowl Spread: Duke -4.5 over Northern Illinois