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Boise State Struggling In December

Boise State has faltered to close out the season successfully for bettors as the Broncos are just 1-4 ATS in their past five games in December. Boise State and Northern Illinois will meet in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 23.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 5-2 in Boise State’s past seven against the MAC.
  • NIU is 1-5 ATS in their last six games in December.
  • Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols is fourth in the nation in rushing touchdowns.

After opening the season strong, Boise State faltered down the stretch with a 3-3 record in their final six games. The Broncos have been getting it done in all facets of the game, but their 13th ranked run defense will need to show up in this game.

NIU is averaging over 200 yards rushing this season, but lead runner Joel Bouagnon struggled in the final two games of the season with a combined 94 yards and no touchdowns.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Northern Illinois Huskies were 8-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). BetOnline has opened the total at 55 for the game.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 40-30 victory for the Broncos. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

For in-depth analysis of everything about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, click here.

Boise State Broncos vs Northern Illinois Huskies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 8-5 so far on the season, and 7-4-2 ATS vs the point spread. The Boise State Broncos, meanwhile, are 8-4 and 6-6 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Northern Illinois go 6-7 and the Boise State Broncos go 6-6 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northern Illinois vs Boise State injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Northern Illinois Huskies rated this week at No. 49 and the Boise State Broncos sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Northern Illinois Huskies No. 43-ranked offense (33 PPG) against a Boise State Broncos defense that ranks No. 26 at 21.33 PPG. The Northern Illinois Huskies passing attack has averaged 221.69 yards per game, less than the Boise State Broncos give up through the air (224.42 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Boise State Broncos own the league's No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 105.33 yards per game when on the road. Northern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 36 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time we saw the Spartans, they had no answer for Jeremy McNichols as the Broncos rolled to a 40-23 victory at Spartan Stadium.

Northern Illinois was hammered in its last outing, as Bowling Green ran up a 34-14 score against them at Ford Field.