Poinsettia Bowl

Poinsettia Bowl

The Boise State Broncos will extend their streak of consecutive years with a bowl game appearance to 14 with a trip to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, after finishing their regular season with an 8-4 straight-up record. The Northern Illinois Huskies ride a two-game SU losing streak, including a 34-14 loss to Bowling Green in this year's MAC title game.

Kickoff: Wednesday, December 23 @ 4:30pm ET
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Additional Read: Boise State vs Northern Illinois Betting

2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Boise State-8
Northern Illinois+8

Odds at BetOnline

Team Records
Boise StateMWC8-46-66-6
Northern IllinoisMAC8-57-4-26-7

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Matchup

Since opening the current campaign with five SU wins in their first six games, including four wins by 31 or more points, the Boise State Broncos have struggled with consistency, losing two of their last three, both as double-digit home favorites, and posting against the spread wins in just two of their last six.

While the Broncos' recent play has been shaky at best, they can fall back on their success in recent bowl game appearances, winning five of their last six SU, including a 38-30 win over Arizona in last season's Fiesta Bowl, defying the odds at the sportsbooks where they were pegged as 2.5-point underdogs.

The Broncos have also ranked among the top teams in the nation in offense, averaging 489 total yards per game, and 554.5 yards over their last four, but have also struggled to contain opposing offenses, which have averaged almost 38 points per game over their last four, forcing the point total OVER in three of those contests.

The Northern Illinois Huskies' current SU losing slide ends a six-game win streak that earned them a share of the MAC West division crown for a sixth straight year. However, the Huskies have enjoyed far less success during their string of eight straight bowl game appearances, losing their last three, and six of their last eight, both SU and ATS, including a pair of Poinsettia Bowl appearances.

However, the Huskies have held the upper hand in recent clashes with MWC opponents, posting a 38-30 win over UNLV in Week 1 of this year, following a 48-34 victory in Week 3 of 2014, but were topped by tougher competition in their previous two, dropping decisions to Utah State and TCU.

The point total has played UNDER in seven of the Huskies' 13 outings this season, with the team claiming victory in just two of those contests. Conversely, Northern Illinois has enjoyed much greater success in high-scoring affairs, going a perfect 6-0 SU when the total plays OVER, averaging 48.2 points per game in those matchups.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Betting Trends
  • Boise State is 1-4 ATS in its last five games in December.
  • Boise State is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games.
  • The total has gone under in five of Boise State's last seven games against the Mid-American.
  • Northern Illinois is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games after a loss.
  • Northern Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last six games in December.
  • The total has gone under in Northern Illinois's last three games.

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Poinsettia Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2005Poinsettia BowlNavy51Colorado State30+3NAVYNAVY
2006Poinsettia BowlNorthern Illinois7TCU37-12.5TCUTCU
2007Poinsettia BowlNavy32Utah35-9NAVYUTAH
2008Poinsettia BowlTCU17Boise State16+3.5BOISETCU
2009Poinsettia BowlUtah37California27-2.5UTAHUTAH
2010Poinsettia BowlNavy14San Diego State35-3SD.STSD.ST
2011Poinsettia BowlLouisiana Tech24TCU31-9.5LATECHTCU
2012Poinsettia BowlBYU23San Diego State6+3BYUBYU
2013Poinsettia BowlUtah State21Northern Illinois14-2UT STUT ST
2014Poinsettia BowlNavy17San Diego State16-3.5NavyNavy
2015Poinsettia BowlBoise State-Northern Illinois-+8--
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