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The (2-0) And 23rd ranked Northwestern Wildcats of the Big-Ten West Division will take a trip to “TOBACCO ROAD”. Northwestern takes on the (2-0) Duke Blue Devils of the ACC Coastal Division in 2015 College Football action. The game will be at Wallace Wade Stadium on campus in Durham, North Carolina. Kickoff time is at 12:30 PM EST. Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the contest between the two academic institutes could be one of the most exciting on the board this weekend. Northwestern is coming back after having back to back losing seasons. Duke is no longer just a basketball crazed University. The opening betting line has Duke as a three-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 48′-points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Northwestern Wildcats opened the season with an impressive home victory against Stanford. Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald has the football program on track this season, and they have cracked the top 25. Fitzgerald is proud of the teams ranking but wants the underdog Wildcats to focus on a good Duke Football team. Redshirt Freshman quarterbacks Clayton Thorson and running back Justin Jackson have impressed the first two football games this season. Thorson threw for 152 and a touchdown last Saturday vs. Eastern Illinois. Jackson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald knows his team are in demand on campus, and the coaching staff has worked hard on eliminating distractions. A road loss Saturday could drop the Wildcats out of the top 25 and put Duke in their spot. The Northwestern defense has been especially impressive, shutting out Eastern Illinois and holding Stanford to six points. Northwestern has an outstanding secondary, which could prove to be the difference in the game. Duke has a lot of inexperience at the wide receiver position. The key to a Northwestern victory is to run the football and play tough defense. Northwestern has won six of the last seven between the teams.
The Duke Blue Devils have wins over Tulane and North Carolina Central. Head Coach David Cutcliffe has taken Duke to a Bowl the past three seasons. Duke and Saturday’s opponent have many similarities; both teams has very good defensive backs. Duke also has a first-year starter under center, but Thomas Sirk is a Senior. Cutcliffe knows it will take discipline to get a home win on Saturday. Duke is more proven on offense than Northwestern. Cutcliffe is an offensive genius who still works with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in the offseason. Duke has put up ninety-two points this season, but it was against lesser opponents. Both teams are coming off of shutouts against FCS schools. The parking lot a Wallace-Wade Stadium will be full of tailgaters leading up to the contest. The contest is going to be a highly viewed football game slated early on Saturday with a lot ATS action. The key to a Duke win is to find someone to be a playmaker. Big plays will propel Duke into the top twenty-five, replacing Northwestern.
The betting odds under the total are 7-0 Northwestern last seven in September.
The Road team is 4-1 Against The Point Spread the last five times they have met.
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