With the 2015-16 NCAA Football Bowl Games underway we move to the 23rd of December 2015 for the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl that features the 8-4 Boise State Broncos (Mountain West Conference) playing the 8-5 Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid American) with the game being played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona with the kick-off scheduled for 4:35 PM ET and seen on ESPN TV.
Those that Bet on College football at a sportsbook need to know that the odd for this game have the Boise State Broncos favored at -8 ½ with the Over/under at 56 and -320 on the Money Line, while the Northern Illinois Huskies are the underdogs at +8 ½ and +260 on the ML.
What's amazing about these two teams is that in the recent years they both have had a program that was one if the best in college football for wins. This will be the 14th consecutive bowl appearance for the Broncos while the Huskies are appearing for the 8th consecutive bowl game.
If you're a fan of the 8-4 Boise State Broncos your team did not win the title for the Mountain West this year, but they are playing in the 14th straight bowl game.
To make this far the Broncos depended on their QB B. Rypien and his strong passing arm, as well as their strong defensive front. QB Rypien started at QB in the 3rd game of their season and passed for 17 touchdowns and 2,977 yards as their offense accumulated an average of 305 passing yards each game which ranked 19th in FBS.
In their last game with a win over San Jose State 40-23 QB Rypien completed 25 of his 33 passing attempts for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB J. McNichols carried the ball some 20 times for 192 yards on the ground and scoring 2 touchdowns, and for the season he has 1.245 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns and averages 5.7 yards on each carry.
With Broncos having 2 stars in the backfield with QB Rypien and RB McNichols they have created an offense that is exciting and ranks 16th in scoring in the nation and averaging some 489 yards per game which ranks 18th in the nation.
On defense in this game they will try and confuse the Huskies offense as their defensive unit only allows it opponents and an average of 343 total offensive yards each game and only 21.5 points allowed in average.
For the fans of the 8-5 Northern Illinois Huskies your team did not do as well as expected ending the season at 8-5, and then in the Mid-American Title game they got smashed by Bowling Green 34-14. With that in the past they now wonder how they got to this point with all their injuries to their QB's. Their 1st starting QB D. Hare injured his Achilles' on the 20th of November in their win over the Huskies, then 2 weeks later their back-up QB R. Graham had a leg injury in the game they lost to the Ohio team.
Presently the Huskies are not sure who will start at QB in this Bowl game, but they have 3rd string QB R. Fielder ready to take the helm against the Broncos. He had 2 appearances this season in which he completed 21 of his 45 attempts for 2 touchdowns and 265 yards and with 3 interceptions. With their QB uncertainties, the Huskies may choose to run the ball more, since they to date have had a good rushing record as the average 206 yards each game, as they face a strong Bronco defense that has 5 games in which they gave up at least 2 rushing touchdowns to the opponents.
The Huskies star RB J. Bouagnon this season has rushed for 1.270 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as he averaged gaining 97 yards each game to date. On defense the Huskies have a star S. Lurry in their secondary that leads the nation with 9 interceptions, and their defense overall allowed opponents only 401 yards of total offense each game and some 26 points each games.
The online betting prediction for this game is that the Boise State Broncos will win this game against the Northern Illinois Huskies 31-21 and cover the spread.