Boise State Broncos (8-4) at Northern Illinois Huskies (8-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 23, 2015, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +8 -- Over/Under: 59
The Boise State Broncos will play the Northern Illinois Huskies in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game.
The Northern Illinois Huskies were 8-5 this season and lost to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game. The Northern Illinois offense is averaging 33 points per game with 221.5 passing yards per game and 205.1 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Graham is questionable for this game, but he is completing 59.3% of his passes for 653 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Tommy Fielder is the backup quarterback for Northern Illinois who has 265 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Joel Bouagnon has 1269 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns for the Huskies. Jordan Huff has 640 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for Northern Illinois. Kenny Golladay has 1122 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns for Northern Illinois. The Northern Illinois defense is giving up 25.5 points per game with 233.4 passing yards per game and 166.8 rushing yards per game. Boomer Mays has 108 tackles, Perez Ford has 5 sacks, and Shawun Lurry has 9 interceptions for Northern Illinois. Northern Illinois is +3 in turnover margin this season.
The Boise State Broncos were 8-4 this season and finished second in the Mountain West Mountain Division standings. The Boise State offense is averaging 37.8 points per game with 304.6 passing yards per game and 184.3 rushing yards per game. Brett Rypien is the Boise State quarterback who is completing 62.6% of his passes for 2976 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Jeremy McNichols has 1244 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns for Boise State. Kelsey Young has 457 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Boise State. Thomas Sperbeck has 1334 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns for the Broncos. The Boise State defense is giving up 21.3 points per game with 224.4 passing yards per game and 117.7 rushing yards per game. Ben Weaver has 66 tackles, Kamalei Correa has 5 sacks, and Darian Thompson has 5 interceptions for Boise State. Boise State is +8 in turnover margin this season.
Boise State finished up the season losing two out of their last three games. I was disappointed with how Boise State played this season, as I thought they would win their side of the Mountain West Conference. Boise State does have a very good offense, so it will be important for them to get going early. Northern Illinois had a very good season, but their offense has struggled ever since their starting quarterback got hurt earlier this season. I really do not have much confidence in the Northern Illinois offense, so I am going to pick Boise State in this one.