NCAA College football
Northwestern vs. Duke NCAA College Football online
Television/Channel 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPNU, WGN-AM 720.
Records: Northwestern 1-0; Duke 1-0.
Last meeting: Clayton Thorson tossed for 320 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats won 24-13 on Sept. 17, 2016, at Ryan Field.
Keys to the amusement
Will the Wildcats get off to a quick begin? Northwestern wouldn’t like to fall behind again as it did in the opener, trailing Nevada 17-7 at halftime before encouraging. Beating a moderate begin won’t be as simple out and about against a Blue Devils group that won its opener 60-7 against North Carolina Central.
Match Info: Northwestern vs Duke
Who is Duke’s greatest risk? Perhaps quarterback Daniel Jones. He has the country’s longest dynamic streak without a capture attempt with 198 back to back passes. In last season’s misfortune in Evanston, Jones — then a first year recruit — associated on 27 of 48 goes for 279 yards without any touchdowns and one pick.
Could the NU offense continue clicking? In spite of a few battles against Nevada, the Wildcats piled on 508 aggregate yards with solid exhibitions from Thorson and running back Justin Jackson. Protection isn’t the Blue Devils’ quality, and they’re particularly youthful in the auxiliary.
Shannon Ryan’s pick: The Wildcats have excessively hostile power for the Blue Devils. Northwestern 28, Duke 17.