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Boca Raton Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Marshall - 12/23/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois Huskies (11-2) at Marshall Thundering Herd (12-1)

College Football: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -11 -- Over/Under: 61.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Tuesday in the Boca Raton Bowl.

The Marshall Thundering Herd finished the season at 12-1 and won the Conference USA Championship. The Marshall offense was solid this season averaging 45.1 points and 563.4 yards per game led by QB Rakeem Cato who has completed58.5 percent of his passes with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and he has also rushed for six touchdowns. Devon Johnson leads the Marshall ground attack with 1,636 yards and 16 touchdowns and Tommy Shuler is the Thundering Herd’s top receiver with 74 catches and eight touchdowns. The Marshall defense allows 20.8 points and 351.8 yards per game with 22 takeaways and 35 sacks. Neville Hewitt has 114 tackles and 4.5 sacks, Jermaine Holmes has 96 tackles, and Arnold Blackmon had 8.0 sacks. Marshall was looking like a potential BCS Buster most of the season.

Boca Raton Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Marshall - 12/23/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies finished the season at 11-2 and were the MAC Champions this season. Marshall is averaging 32.2 points and 442.5 yards per game led by QB Drew Hare who has completed 59.9 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and tow interceptions and he has rushed for 850 yards and eight touchdowns. Cameron Stingily has rushed for 895 yards and 13 touchdowns to pace the NIU ground attack and Da’Ron Brown has 64 receptions and six touchdowns. Northern Illinois is allowing 23.6 points and 382.9 yards per game with 24 takeaways and 30 sacks. Marlon Moore has 93 tackles, Rasheen Lemon has 86 tackles, and Jason Meehan has 7.0 sacks. Northern Illinois has won seven games in a row.

Marshall is 8-3 against the spread following a win, 8-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Northern Illinois is 8-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games.

The total is set sky high but both of these teams can score and I expect this one to go over the total.

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Over 67

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