UAB Vs. Northern Illinois: Boca Raton Bowl Trends & Betting History

Saturday, December 8, 2018 5:19 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 5:19 PM UTC

A pair of conference champions square off in the 2018 Boca Raton Bowl when MAC winner Northern Illinois tussles with C-USA victor UAB on Dec. 18 at FAU Stadium. Here's a historical look at the bowl game to help with your college football handicapping. 

<h2 style="text-align:center">Boca Raton Bowl: <a href="" target="_blank" title="UAB vs. Northern Illinois Odds Board">UAB vs. Northern Illinois</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3690879, "sportsbooksIds":[93,180,169,1096,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Boca Raton Bowl kicked off in 2014 as a Mid-American tie-in versus either a Conference USA or American Athletic Conference opponent. Owned and operated by ESPN Events, it is a feature matchup during the network’s annual “Bowl Week.” <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAAF Odds Board">The 2018 edition sees C-USA champion UAB a 2.5-point favorite</a> against MAC champion Northern Illinois.</p><h2>Results</h2><table border="1" style="width:100%"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Season</th> <th>Winner</th> <th>Loser</th> <th>Final</th> <th>Line</th> <th>Total</th> <th>Winner ATS</th> <th>O/U</th> </tr> <tr> <td>2014</td> <td>Marshall</td> <td>N. Illinois</td> <td>52-23</td> <td>-9.5</td> <td>67.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2015</td> <td>Toledo</td> <td>Temple</td> <td>32-17</td> <td>2</td> <td>49.5</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2016</td> <td>Western Kentucky</td> <td>Memphis</td> <td>51-31</td> <td>-7</td> <td>80</td> <td>W</td> <td>O</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2017</td> <td>Florida Atlantic</td> <td>Akron</td> <td>50-3</td> <td>-23.5</td> <td>62</td> <td>W</td> <td>U</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><h2>Boca Raton Bowl Key Betting Numbers</h2><p><strong>Average Victory Margin: </strong>27.7<br /><strong>Average Line: </strong>-9.5<br /><strong>Favorite ATS: </strong>3-1<br /><strong>Average Total:</strong> 64.8<br /><strong>O/U Record: </strong>2-2<br /><strong>O/U Margin: </strong>18.2<br /><strong>Largest Underdog Upset:</strong> Toledo (+2) 32, Temple 17 (2015)<br /><strong>Largest Spread: </strong>Florida Atlantic -23.5 (2017)<br /><strong>Largest Rout: </strong>Florida Atlantic 50, Akron 3 (2017)</p><h2>Boca Raton Bowl Summary &amp; Trends</h2><p>Winners have covered the spread in each contest. Three of four have scored 50 points.</p><p>Every winner owns a higher scoring offense entering the contest. UAB posts 29.3 points per game, as opposed to 20.7 for Northern Illinois.</p><p>The second half sees an average 34.8 points.</p><h2>Conference H2H: C-USA vs. Mid-American</h2><p>Conference USA is 47-33 SU (58.8 percent) and 41-37-2 ATS (52.6 percent) in head-to-head battles, going off a -4.1 average favorite. Since 2006, the series is trending “under” the total with a 32-21-2 record (60.4 percent). MAC teams put up just 24.3 points per game.</p><p>In bowl matchups, C-USA is 13-10 SU (56.5 percent) and 11-12 ATS (47.8 percent), kicking off a -2.2 average favorite. With a line in-between 6 points, MAC programs are 8-7 SU and 10-5 ATS. The “under” has hit in 10 of the last 13 overall.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;We are excited to announce that &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@NIU_Football&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@UAB_FB&lt;/a&gt; will be &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BowlingInBoca&lt;/a&gt; at the 2018 &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CheribundiBocaRatonBowl&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (@BocaBowl) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;2 de dezembro de 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>UAB Blazers (10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons: </strong>21<br /><strong>Bowl Record: </strong>0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record: </strong>Bill Clark (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)<br /><a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAAF Picks &amp; Predictions">MAC opponents Ohio drubbed Clark 41-6 in last year’s Bahamas Bowl</a>, the fifth-year coach’s lone bowl appearance. The Bobcats went off 7.5-point underdogs.</p><h2>UAB vs. MAC</h2><p><strong>SU Record: </strong>0-2<br /><strong>Average Margin: </strong>-27.5<br /><strong>ATS Record: </strong>0-2<br /><strong>Average Line: </strong>10.8<br />In addition to the aforementioned Ohio Bahamas Bowl lost, UAB was routed at Ball State 51-31 in a 2017 Week 2 matchup.</p><h2>Northern Illinois Huskies (8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS)</h2><p><strong>Seasons:</strong> 51<br /><strong>Bowl Record: </strong>4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS)<br /><strong>Coach, Bowl Record: </strong>Rod Carey (0-5 SU, 0-5 ATS)<br />Head coach Rod Carey is not only winless in five bowl games leading Northern Illinois, but also coming up well short of market expectations. The Huskies are failing to cover a 7.7 average line by an astonishing 17.7 points per game. They have lost four of five by three touchdowns or more, positing just 13.6 points per outing.</p><h2>Northern Illinois vs. C-USA</h2><p><strong>SU Record: </strong>0-2<br /><strong>Average Margin: -</strong>26.5<br /><strong>ATS Record: </strong>1-1<br /><strong>Average Line: </strong>19.0<br />The Huskies allowed Marshall to score double digits in all four quarters in their last clash against a C-USA opponent during the 2014 Boca Raton Bowl.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow" title="Read Our Preview">Read Our Boca Raton Bowl Preview</a></h2>
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