Duke and Northern Illinois will meet in the Quick Lane on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
For the ACC, Duke comes in having won its last two games to get bowl eligible at 6-6. The Blue Devils topped Georgia Tech and Wake Forrest to do it.
On the other side, the Huskies are 8-4 out of the MAC and lost their final game to Central Michigan in a close 31-24 contest. Tickets are available for the game here.
Quick Lane Bowl 2017: Game time for Duke-Northern Illinois
Duke and Northern Illinois play at 5:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 26 in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Time: 5:15 p.m. ET
Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Location: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
Odds: Duke is -5.5, according to MyBookie.
TV channel: Duke and Northern Illinois will be on ESPN.
Live stream: Duke and Northern Illinois can be watched online at WatchESPN.
Radio: You can listen to Duke and Northern Illinois on the Duke Athletics website.
Quick Lane Bowl 2017: Duke-Northern Illinois preview
The Blue Devils are led by quarterback Daniel Jones, who’s thrown for 2,439 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He’s thrown those touchdowns to a number of receivers, but T.J. Rahming leads the team with 61 catches for 733 yards and one score.
The team also has two strong running backs as Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown share the carries and have five and six touchdowns, respectively, while Jones has also ran for six scores.
Defensively, linebacker Joe Giles-Harris leads the team with 117 tackles including 15 for a loss with 4.5 sacks.
For the Huskies, Marcus Childers is the leading passer with 1,440 yards plus 15 scores. The team has 24 total passing scores with a number of different receivers getting in on the action and multiple with 30-plus catches.
In the backfield, Jordan Huff leads the team with 761 yards plus four touchdowns, while Childers has rushed for five scores and a number of backs have chipped in as well. Linebacker Bobby Jones leads the team in tackles with 97. 11 of those were for a loss including four sacks.
Last year’s Quick Lane Bowl was quickly (and understandably) derided as one of the worst matchups going into bowl season. It pitted two 6-6 teams against each other in Maryland and Boston College, and neither team exactly brought a brand of “exciting” football into the game. Still, it ended up being an entertaining game, with BC holding on for a 36-30 win in front of a sparse crowd.
The Quick Lane Bowl is relatively new. It debuted in 2014, taking the place of the Motor City Bowl in Detroit. The first edition of the game pitted Rutgers against North Carolina, a game the Scarlet Knights won 40-21 after their first season in the Big Ten. Minnesota beat Central Michigan in the 2015 game.
How the Quick Lane Bowl came to be, per the bowl’s official website:
“After hosting college bowl games for nearly three decades at their home stadium, the Detroit Lions wanted to take part in the tradition by bringing their own bowl game to Ford Field. The Lions’ wish was granted when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had expressed a desire to revamp the conference’s lineup of bowl games for the 2014 season to keep them “fresh.” Detroit Lions officials put a plan together and traveled to Chicago, IL to present to Big Ten athletic directors and Charlotte, NC to present to ACC athletic directors with the hopes of securing a new bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit. With the approval and support of both conferences football committees the Lions created their own bowl game. ”