When: December 26, 2017 - 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Who: Duke Blue Devils vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
Mid-major teams always love their shot against the Power Five schools, and Northern Illinois has earned that right this year at the Quick Lane Bowl.
The Huskies were far from the best team in the MAC this year, but they did score a win at Nebraska back in September and played relatively well in conference ball.
NIU was overmatched by Toledo at the Glass Bowl at the start of November, and that's the loss that assured it wouldn't win the conference. Still, there was nothing to be ashamed of, especially in a year that starting quarterback Ryan Graham was lost for the season in the very first game.
David Cutcliffe surely has a history that suggests he should be in line for a better job. That said, he keeps rejecting the overtures from other teams and seems to be content to stay at Duke for the rest of his career.
Cutcliffe did a really nice job to rally this team into the bowl season after losing six straight games. A 21-16 loss to Army, the team's sixth loss of the campaign could have (and should have) been the end of the dream of playing into December, but the Blue Devils rallied to upset wins over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
Ironically, four of Duke's six wins this year came as a betting underdog.
For as much of a MAC powerhouse as Northern Illinois has been, it hasn't had a great history in bowl games. The Huskies' string of four straight bowl losses started with the embarrassing defeat against Florida State when they reached the Orange Bowl in 2012. Since then, the team has been beaten in the Poinsettia Bowl twice and the Boca Raton Bowl.
It's hard to believe that Duke only has one bowl win since the 1960 Cotton Bowl, and that came just two years ago. The Dookies won the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, and they're going to look to make it two straight bowl victories this year in the Quick Lane Bowl.
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Opening Line: Duke -4.5
Preview: The Quick Lane Bowl on Tuesday, December 26, between the Duke Blue Devils and Northern Illinois Huskies on ESPN is expected to be a defensive contest, as the total on the game is one of the lowest of the bowl season at 47.5. The Blue Devils gave up just 20.8 points per game this season, 25th in the country, while the Huskies also allowed just 20.8 points per game. The Blue Devils are listed as 4.5-point favorites in this contest. Continue...
The 2017 Quick Lane Bowl is set to take the College football world by storm, it will be played on Monday, Dec. 26 at 5:15 pm ET at Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan, that is the home to the Detroit Lions. The ESPN crew will be there to make sure the signal is broadcast worldwide.
The game is slated to feature team from the Big Ten Conference against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Should either primary partner not fill their bowl agreement with the Quick Lane Bowl, the MAC will provide one bowl eligible member, if available, to participate in the bowl game.
No matter who is in the line-up, there is plenty of rowdy football betting fans and committed armchair quarterbacks waiting for this exciting Quick Lane Bowl betting matchup, that is always one of the most anticipated bowl game of the year.
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The Quick Lane Bowl formerly known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and before that the Motor City Bowl until 2009, it is one of 35 annual college football bowl games and has been a post-season college football bowl game, that has been played annually since 1997.
The bowl began its start at the Pontiac Silverdome, but since 2002, has been played at Detroit's Ford Field.
Ford Field is home to the NFL's Detroit Lions, and played host to Super Bowl XL.
Always a popular event with a history of big games, big name players and strong attendance figures, the Quick Lane Bowl matches a Mid-American Conference (MAC) representative versus a representative from the Big Ten Conference.
As well, the Quick Lane Bowl has a television contract with ESPN through the 2014 season.
Past Motor City Bowls have seen stellar performances from future NFL stars Randy Moss, Rob Morris, ChadPennington, Deuce McAllister, Byron Leftwich, Doug Jolley, Chester Taylor, Dan Koppen, Dan Orlovsky, and many others. The Detroit All-Star High School Marching Band and Detroit's own "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin have been among the bowl's featured pre-game and halftime performers.
Pittsburgh squeaks past Bowling Green by a score of 30–27.
Freshman Chris Blewitt kicked the winning field goal with 1:17 left, his classmates James Conner and Tyler Boyd set Pitt bowl game records, and red shirt freshman quarterback Chad Voytik stepped in for the second half to lead Pitt to the win.
The Panthers (7-6) finish with a winning record for the first time since 2010, while Bowling Green (10-4) become the sixth MAC team in the last seven years to lose in the Pizza Bowl.
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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