NORTH­WEST­ERN over Duke by 6

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A re­match from last sea­son where Duke pum­meled North­west­ern, 4117, as a 2-point home un­der­dog. It was cer­tainly one of the Wild­cats’ worst ef­forts of the sea­son as they were out-gained by an in­cred­i­ble 540191. The Blue Devils got past Army, 34-14, last week in a game that was much closer in the stats (381-365) than on the score­board. Mean­while, North­west­ern was put in a pres­sure-cooker at Ross-Ade Sta­dium last week and emerged with a 31-27 win – de­spite be­ing shut out in the sec­ond half. The dif­fer­ence maker was a drive by the Wild­cats of­fense that gob­bled up the fi­nal 8 min­utes of the game and kept the ball away from Pur­due. A trip to the ATS ar­chives tells us Pat Fitzger­ald’s boys should keep things rolling at Ryan Field to­day as they’re a prof­itable in their pre­vi­ous 7 games ver­sus ACC, and 9-2 SU in their last 11 home open­ers. In what is ba­si­cally a win-sit­u­a­tion where both teams show up 1-0 with non­con­fer­ence foes on deck, re­venge gets the nod to­day. Cats in the cra­dle!

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