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Northern Illinois vs. Marshall Boca Raton Bowl - 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 -10 -- Over/Under: 66 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Marshall Thundering Herd face the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Boca Raton Bowl.


The Marshall Thundering Herd have enjoyed a fantastic season at 12-1 with the CUSA championship. The only disappointment was a one point loss to Western Kentucky in the regular season finale'. The Thundering Herd could do it all with the ability to run and throw their way to 45 points while allowing just 351 yards and 21 points so double digit victories were common. In terms of yardage the offense was ranked second at 563 yards with quarterback Rakeem Cato throwing for 3,622 yards for 37 TD's and 13 interceptions. Tommy Shuler was the top option of the receiving corps with 953 yards on 74 catches while Davonte Allen, Angelo Jean-Louis and Eric Frohnapfel combined for 1,400 yards on 76 receptions. Devon Johnson paced Marshall on the ground with 1,636 yards on 191 yards for a whopping 8.6 yard average and 16 scores. Steward Butler totaled 781 yards on 102 totes for a 7.7 yard average so this team could really run.

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

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The Northern Illinois Huskies were expected to take a step back when star QB Jordan Lynch departed but the 2014 MAC championship says not really. The 11-2 Huskies allowed 383 yards and less then 24 points and were #40 on offense with 442 yards and 32 points behind a top 15 rushing attack that racked up 253 yards. Quarterback Drew Hare did his best Jordan Lynch impression with nearly 2,100 passing yards with 17 touchdowns against only two interceptions while running for 850 yards to finish as the Huskies second leading rusher. Cameron Stingily was the top runner with 895 yards while Joel Bouagnon and Akeem Danils combined for another 950+ yards as NIU generally kept things on the ground. When Northern Illinois put the ball in the air Da'Ron Brown was usually the target with 1002 yards on 64 catches with Juwan Brecacin and Aregeros Turner snagging 62 balls for almost 750 yards.


The under is 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 Bowl games and is 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 neutral site games while going 4-0 in Thundering Herd last 4 bowl games. For Northern Illinois Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game while the under is 4-0 in Huskies last 4 Tuesday games and 4-0 in Huskies last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Both teams can score and Marshall has made a living reaching the end zone so for now I'm looking at plenty of points and the over....

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