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Poinsettia Bowl Pick
Boise State vs Northern Illinois

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The Huskies finished 8-5 and runners up in the MAC, but enter the bowl season with an uncertain quarterback situation due to myriad injuries at the position. Boise State will fall short of double digit wins for just the third time since 2002, but can salvage somewhat of a down season with a bowl victory.
Key Stats
This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams.
Each team has one previous Poinsettia Bowl appearance, with Northern Illinois losing the 2006 game and Boise State coming up short in 2007.
The Broncos have reached a bowl game in 16 of the past 17 years, and have an overall 10-5 record.
Northern Illinois is looking for its first bowl win since 2011.
Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols and Northern Illinois’ Joel Bouagnon are both tied for fifth among FBS running backs with 18 touchdowns.
The Broncos rank 19th in the FBS in passing offense, averaging 304.6 passing yards and 17th in scoring offense, averaging 37.8 points.
Injuries
Broncos safety Darian Thompson is questionable due to a concussion.
Huskies quarterback Ryan Graham is questionable with a leg injury.
Northern Illinois receiver Tommylee Lewis is questionable with a knee injury.

BOISE STATE
Boise State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boise State’s last 6 games
Boise State is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Northern Illinois is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois’s last 5 games

Poinsettia Bowl Prediction

These are not the same Broncos you are used to seeing in Bowl Games. There is a drop off in talent and coaching this year and it will show against a Northern Illinois team. I have the Huskies as a touchdown favorite so to be getting 9 points is a Christmas gift.

Boise State vs Northern Illinois Pick: NIL +9 (80%) & Money Line (20%)

Score Prediction: Huskies 31 – Broncos 21

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