This year's Poinsettia Bowl between the Northern Illinois Huskies and Boise State Broncos will feature two of the winningest G5 teams over the past 10 years. The Broncos and Huskies are two of just six teams to ever play in a BCS Bowl game under the old system and, since 2010, both teams have won more than 60 games (63 for Boise, 65 for NIU).
Despite all the success these teams have had the in the past, both have found themselves losing two of their last three games and come in to this match up with eight wins. NIU is looking to avoid losing their third straight game and fourth straight bowl game.
Quick Game Info:
Game Date, Time: Wednesday, December 23rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (3:30 CST).
Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Huskies are 0-2 in San Diego (losing 7-37 to TCU in 2006 and 14-21 to Utah State in 2013).
TV/Stream: ESPN will carry the game but you can also watch through the WatchESPN app.
Radio: Dekalb - FM 98.9; Chicagoland area - AM 560 and AM 1360
Odds: The Huskies enter as eight point underdogs...a role they love to embrace.
Players to Watch:
Brett Rypien (QB, Boise State): Rypien has been slinging the ball all over the field the past four games - attempting a whopping 208 passes, completing 124 (59.6%), netting 1409 yards, and tossing seven TDs to just three INT.
Shawun Lurry (CB, NIU): Lurry has picked off a pass in eight games this year and leads the NCAA in picks (with nine) and interception return yardage (273). In the MAC Championship Game, Lurry scored his first TD as he picked Matt Johnson and returned it 64 yards for a score.
Jeremy McNichols (RB: Boise State): McNichols leads the Broncos in rushing attempts (221), yardage (1244, no one else has more than 460), and TDs (18, including a long of 88 yards). He's been over 120 yards rushing in each of the last five games and has scored NINE times (six rushing, three receiving).
Kenny Golladay (WR, NIU): With Boise's strong run defense (118 yards per game) and the Huskies struggling to get a running game going the past few weeks, NIU will likely need to throw the ball to compete. Golladay is the big-time receiver for the Huskies...in fact, he might be their only receiver. He leads the Huskies in catches (71, no one else has more than 39), receiving yards (1122, no one else has more than 387), and touchdowns (10, no one else has more than 4).