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Northwestern vs Duke preview

The Wildcats visit Duke today at 11am CT on ESPNU and WGN Radio.

The Wildcats are coming off a come from behind victory vs Nevada.  Clayton Thorson completed 28 of his 38 passes for 352 passing yards.  Other bright spots in last Saturday’s games were wide receiver Bennett Skowronek, linebacker Warren Long, Macan Long, running back Justin Jackson and reshirt freshman Riley Lees.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 60-7 win over N.C. State.  Last year in Evanston both teams had a 7-7 tie until the Wildcats ended up leading 24-7 in the 4th quarter.  Duke wasted plays and turned the ball over which helped NU win.  The Blue Devils are well aware of the Thorson Jackson offensive combo which can be a task for the Duke defense.

Outlook:  NU offense will keep Duke’s defense quite busy today with the explosive offense and the one yard sneaks that will occur at the end zone.  As always with non conference games this is one that the Cats must win.  We’re all aware of last year’s start by the Cats.  I’ll have a recap later this afternoon or evening on today’s game.