The Northern Illinois Huskies and Boise State Broncos will both look to finish their respective 2015 seasons on a high note when they square off in the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 4:30 PM ET, live from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Boise State vs. Northern Illinois Line
The college football bowl game betting line favors Boise State by 8-points to beat Northern Illinois and win the Poinsettia Bowl. Now, let’ find out which team is going to strike pay dirt in this intriguing affair.
What: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Who: Boise State Broncos (8-4) at Northern Illinois Huskies (8-5)
When: Wednesday, December 23, 2012
Kickoff: 4:30 PM ET
Where: San Diego, CA
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Spread: Boise State -8
Moneyline: Boise State -300 vs Northern Illinois +240
Game Total: 55
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Boise State vs Northern Illinois
Bet The Boise State Broncos at -8 Because…
The Broncos are highly motivated to end a disappointing season on a high note.
Sure, Boise State’s (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) late collapse ended their hopes of making their second consecutive appearance as the Group of Five participant in one of the New Year’s Bowl Six matchups, but the Broncos still want to finish on a high note by beating Northern Illinois.
Led by freshman quarterback Brett Rypien, Boise State averages a stellar 37.8 points per game. Rypien passed for 2,973 yards and 17 touchdowns while winning the 2015 Mountain West Freshman of the Year award.
Sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols has rushed for 1,244 yards and is tied for the national lead in touchdowns with a whopping 23 (18 rushing, five receiving). Junior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck led all Mountain West wide receivers in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,334), while setting a new school record in single-season yards.
Defensively, Boise State limits its opponents to just 21.3 points per game to rank 26th in the nation.
Bet The Northern Illinois Huskies at +8 Because…
The Huskies are hungry for their first bowl win since 2011 over Arkansas State.
Northern Illinois (8-5 SU, 7-4-2 ATS) had hopes on playing in a New Year’s Day Bowl Game Six matchup but struggled down the stretch by dropping their last two games of the season. Now, the Huskies look to shake off those losses, but they’ll be forced to do so with an inexperienced quarterback under center.
Junior starter Drew Hare (Achilles’ tendon) and redshirt freshman backup Ryan Graham (leg) are both were injured and now, freshman Tommy Fiedler is currently scheduled to make just his second career start in this affair.
Junior running back Joel Bouagnon leads the way for Northern Illinois with 1,269 yards and 18 touchdowns and will likely get more carries than normal in this contest with the Huskies going with their inexperienced quarterback.
Northern Illinois averages a stellar 33.0 points per game (43rd) while allowing 25.5 points per game defensively (55th).
Sophomore cornerback Shawun Lurry leads the nation with nine interceptions while simultaneously averaging a whopping 30.3 yards per return.
"It just comes from practicing hard every day and taking practice seriously and the (defensive) line putting pressure on the quarterback," Lurry recently told reporters. "When they do that, the quarterback just throws the ball up in the air and I’ll be in the right area sometimes and I get it."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Both teams in this matchup struggled down the stretch, but for me, Boise State is clearly the better team on both sides of the ball, not to mention they face a higher caliber of competition than the Huskies.
Now, add all of that to the fact that the Huskies are going to have a raw quarterback under center and this pick becomes a lot easier.
The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against teams from the MAC conference, a robust 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference game, 5-2 ATS in their last seven bowl games and a consistent 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
Conversely, Northern Illinois is just 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight up loss and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven neutral site games.
Keep it simple people, Boise State wins and cashes in!