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Quick Lane Bowl OddsCollege Football Betting Online: With the backing of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Quick Lane Bowl got its NCAA certification and started play following the 2014 season, making it still one of the younger bowls. Nevertheless, it’s got some prestigious conference ties, pitting bowl eligible teams from the Big Ten Conference against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference at Ford Field, home of the Lions.

The 2017 Quick Lane Bowl will take place on Tuesday, December 26 at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. ET with ESPN carrying all the action.

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Duke Blue Devils -5.5

Northern Illinois Huskies +5.5

Over/Under TBD

It was a bounce back season for the Huskies who have already tacked on three more wins than they had last year. Northern Illinois will go for nine against Duke.

The odds like the Blue Devils in this one and the under could be a hot play depending on where the total lands. Duke’s stout defense—particularly late in the year—led to the under paying out in nine of 12 Blue Devil games on the year. As for the spread, the Huskies covered just once in their last five games.

Back to the Duke defense, the unit finished as strong as ever, overcoming injuries. They concluded the year ranked as the No.12 pass defense based on yards allowed and ranked in the top-25 in PPG and total yards. The consistency of the defense is just as impressive with Duke allowing more than 30 points just once.

NIU will have a hard time against the Blue Devil defense. Their passing attack has been mediocre and while the running game has tallied its fair share of yardage, it’s not a particularly potent until in the red zone.

The Huskies are another team that relies on its defense, making the under an appealing play in this one.

Northern Illinois’ defense ranks up there alongside Duke’s with Sutton Smith leading the way with some impressive numbers at defensive end.

Offensively, Duke will try to penetrate this defense. The rush defense for NIU is stacked and could pose challenges for a running attack that’s been getting more and more involved in the game plan as the season has gone on.

The added balance the run has provided late was key to the team’s late season bump, but the offense still rests on the shoulders of Daniel Jones. Jones is a threat on the ground and in the air, but he has been wild at times with just one more passing touchdown than interceptions allowed.

Quick Lane Bowl Format

Ford Motor Company, based in Detroit, acquired naming rights to the game several months before the inaugural contest. The bowl was named the Quick Lane Bowl for Ford’s tire and auto center chain. A multi-year extension was agreed on in 2016, guaranteeing the Quick Lane sponsorship of the game through the 2019 season.

Detroit hosted the Motor City Bowl, which later became the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl from 1997 through 2013. After playing five seasons at the Pontiac Silverdome, the game moved to Ford Field. The announcement of the Lions' bowl game was the clincher for the pizza bowl, which was left without a venue. With the approval and support of the Big Ten and ACC, the Lions’ plans for a bowl game became reality, essentially taking the place of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Lions are the only NFL organization to own and operate a post-season college football bowl game.

There was talk of possibly moving the pizza bowl across the street to Comerica Park, home of the Tigers MLB team. Organizers were not sure the city could support two bowl games and plans for a move never materialized and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl disappeared.

The Quick Lane Bowl inherited the December 26 time slot of its predecessor and the inaugural game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels was played on that day in 2014.

Quick Lane Bowl Game Results





Boston College




Central Michigan



North Carolina

In the first ever bowl game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels, Rutgers got the outright 40-21 win as a 3.5-point underdog. The 2017 game will be played on Tuesday, December 26 and televised by ESPN at 5:15 p.m. ET.

In one of the more thrilling games of the 2016 bowl season, Boston College held off a furious second half rally from the favored Maryland Terrapins to win its first postseason game in nine years, 36-30. The Eagles built a 36-13 lead in the third quarter before Maryland rattled off the final 17 points. In a strange twist the game’s MVP was awarded to the entire Boston College defensive line, which recorded eight quarterback sacks, knocked down a number of other balls at the line of scrimmage and harassed QB Perry Hills all game.

Most All-Time Wins at Quick Lane Bowl



Years Won


Boston College








Given the links to the Big Ten and ACC, it’s likely a couple schools start climbing the list of all-time wins in the Quick Lane Bowl, but 2017 won’t be the first year we see a two-time winner. No team has yet to play in two Quick Lane Bowls. We’ll have to wait until 2018 to see if we see the first repeat competitor.

For now, we’ll have our fourth unique winner in as many seasons since the Quick Lane Bowl came into being.

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