Northern Illinois’ hopes for a perfect season were dashed with their
loss on the final game of the season while Utah State saw their five-game win
streak snapped in their finale but which side covers the number in NCAAF odds?
Utah State Aggies
(8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS)
Utah State fans have to be impressed with the coaching job
first year head coach Matt Wells has done with a program that has been without
their starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton, sidelined with a knee injury, midway
through the season. Fortunately they are
equipped with a tenacious defense that has only allowed 17.3 points per game (7th
in the nation) and a true freshman in Darrell Garretson who has been steady in
relief at quarterback.
In the Mountain West Conference championship game against
Fresno State on December 7th, the Aggies were reduced to playing
their third-string quarterback Craig Harrison after Darrell Garretson was
knocked out of the game due to a collision with Fresno State’s Dalen Jones
early in the fourth quarter. Harrison
tossed an interception as the Aggies were driving deep into Fresno territory
with only 58 seconds left on the clock.
That was the final nail in the coffin that saw the Aggies come within a
touchdown of the conference championship, losing 24-17 in Fresno.
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Huskies (12-1 SU, 8-5 ATS)
While the Huskies may not possess the stout defense of their
opponent at the SDCU Poinsettia Bowl they sure as hell can put up the crooked
numbers. Northern Illinois is averaging
41.6 points per game which ranks them 9th in the nation. Senior Jordan Lynch has been Mr. Everything
for the Huskies and broke his own record for FBS rushing by a quarterback with
a remarkable 1881 yards on the ground.
The Huskies were gunning for that perfect season until they
ran into Bowling Green as 4 ½ point favorites in college football odds in the MAC
championship game. The Falcons tough as
nails defense was able to contain the Huskies but unfortunately the Huskies
were not able to return the favor and prevent the high octane offense of
Bowling Green from reaching the endzone.
While the hype surrounding Jordan Lynch and his heroics this
season was front and center, BG’s own quarterback Matt Johnson had different
ideas. Lynch was outdueled by Johnson who
torched the Huskies defense in a sterling performance for five passing
touchdown strikes which led the Falcons to a 47-27 victory over the Huskies and
the MAC title.
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The million dollar question here is what do you like,
offense or defense? And don’t think
you’re going to get any historical perspective on this game because these two
schools have not met on the gridiron since 1995. Those players are now bankers, accountants,
lawyers, doctors and perhaps even among the unemployed. The only football they’re playing is with
their children so let’s move on.
Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois had their hands full with
a top ten Bowling Green defense and will get little relief when they battle
Utah State who boasts a stout defense of their own. But here’s the thing. Utah State did allow 24 points to Fresno
State who owns a prolific passing offense but a below average defense. Northern Illinois has made their own bones on
offense yet suits up a much better defensive unit than the Bulldogs.
This will be a battle of wills defensively but I like the
pace and tempo that Jordan Lynch brings to the equation as well as his
experience under center. This is one
game that is clearly in the court of Lynch and his Huskies. Play Northern Illinois in your college football picks
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