Northwestern Vs. Duke: College Football Betting Picks, Predictions And Tips – September 18, 2021

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2021

The Northwestern Wildcats (1-1) will battle the Duke Blue Devils (1-1) at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The Blue Devils (+110 on the moneyline to win) and the Wildcats (-2.5) take to the field on September 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET on ACCN. Sportsbooks have listed the contest’s point total at 49.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 18, 2021, 12:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Northwestern Vs. Duke Odds

Computer Pick

Computer picks for Northwestern vs Duke
Spread Over/Under
Duke (+2.5) Over (49)

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

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Team Stat Comparison

Northwestern Stats (Rank) Duke
22.5 (97) Points Per Game 36.5 (38)
22.0 (62) Points Per Game Against 24.0 (78)
170.5 (101) Pass Yards 255.5 (45)
161.5 (34) Pass Yards Against 190.0 (58)
163.0 (66) Rush Yards 251.0 (17)
178.5 (94) Rush Yards Against 181.0 (96)
1 (20) Giveaways 2 (52)
1 (86) Takeaways 0 (113)
0 Turnover Differential -2

Northwestern Vs. Duke Betting Insights

Northwestern Stats And Trends

  • Northwestern hasn’t won a game against the spread this season.
  • The Wildcats have no wins ATS (0-2) as a 2.5-point favorite or greater this season.
  • The over/under in this game is 49 points, 3.5 higher than the average total in Wildcats games this season.

Recent Head-To-Head Matchups

Duke holds a 2-0 advantage over Northwestern in the past two matchups between these two squads. Duke outscored Northwestern 62-24 in those two head-to-head matchups.

Duke Stats And Trends

  • Duke has one win against the spread this year.
  • The average total points scored in Blue Devils games this year (49) is 9.5 points higher than the total for this matchup.

Northwestern Players To Watch

  • Hunter Johnson has thrown for 341 yards (170.5 ypg) to lead Northwestern, completing 66.1% of his passes and collecting four touchdown passes and one interception this season.
  • The team’s top rusher, Evan Hull, has carried the ball 31 times for 213 yards (106.5 per game), with two touchdowns this year.
  • This season Anthony Tyus III has racked up 18 carries for 84 yards (42.0 per game).
  • Stephon Robinson’s 95 receiving yards (47.5 yards per game) pace all receivers on the team. He’s registered nine receptions and one touchdown.
  • Bryce Kirtz has reeled in eight passes for 93 yards (46.5 yards per game) this year.
  • Malik Washington’s five receptions have yielded 59 yards (29.5 ypg) and one touchdown.

Duke Players To Watch

  • Gunnar Holmberg leads Duke with 498 passing yards (249.0 ypg) on 40-of-56 passing with one touchdown compared to zero interceptions this season. He also adds 24 rushing yards (12.0 ypg) on 14 carries while scoring two touchdowns on the ground.
  • The team’s top rusher, Mataeo Durant, has carried the ball 44 times for 296 yards (148.0 per game), with six touchdowns this year. He’s proven to be a dual threat, racking up 65 receiving yards (32.5 per game) on four catches.
  • This season Jordan Waters has piled up 74 yards (37.0 per game) on eight attempts, while also catching two passes for 40 yards (20.0 per game) and one touchdown.
  • Jake Bobo’s 178 receiving yards (89.0 yards per game) lead all receivers on the team. He’s totaled 16 receptions.
  • Jalon Calhoun has racked up 123 receiving yards (61.5 yards per game), hauling in nine passes this year.
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