Duke vs Northwestern Prediction NCAAF Picks 9/16

Duke vs Northwestern Prediction NCAAF Picks 9/16

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Northwestern vs Duke: College Football Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats are set to take on the Duke Blue Devils in what promises to be an intriguing college football matchup. This game is scheduled for September 16, 2023, at 12:30 PM in Durham, NC, and will be broadcasted on ACCN. 

 

Team Analysis

Northwestern Wildcats

The Northwestern Wildcats enter this game with a 1-1 record. Quarterback B. Bryant has shown potential with 285 passing yards and one touchdown, but the team is still finding its rhythm.

In their first game of the season, Northwestern faced UTEP and secured a dominant 38-7 win. Bryant had a solid performance, throwing for 219 yards and one touchdown. The Wildcats' defense was relentless, allowing only seven points.

In the second game, Northwestern faced Rutgers and experienced a 24-7 defeat. The offense faced challenges, but the Wildcats' defense kept them in the game for much of the match.

Defensively, Northwestern has shown promise, allowing an average of 302.0 total yards per game. This suggests that they have the capability to keep games competitive.

 

Duke Blue Devils

Duke enters this matchup with a strong 2-0 record. Quarterback R. Leonard has been efficient with 311 passing yards and one touchdown.

In their first game of the season, Duke faced Lafayette and secured a convincing 42-7 victory. Leonard had a remarkable performance, throwing for 268 yards and one touchdown. The Blue Devils' defense was dominant, allowing only seven points.

In the second game, Duke faced Clemson and emerged with a 28-7 win. Leonard continued to shine, throwing for 228 yards and one touchdown. The Blue Devils' defense was once again impressive, holding Clemson to just seven points.

Defensively, Duke has been solid, allowing an average of 317.5 total yards per game.

 

Prediction

While Duke has started the season strong, Northwestern's ability to keep games competitive and their defense's performance suggest that they can cover the +18.5 points spread.

The Wildcats have shown that they can secure convincing victories, as seen in their win against UTEP. If Bryant and the offense can find their rhythm, they have a chance to keep this game close.

Duke may have the edge in this matchup, but Northwestern's resilience and defensive capabilities make them a candidate to cover the spread. Betting on Northwestern to cover the +18.5 points spread appears to be a prudent choice for those looking to wager on this game.

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Prediction: Northwestern +18.5

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