Definitely think there will be points scored in this game, but I cannot believe that Marshall is giving 10 points to NIU. I reiterate myself from the last few weeks when I say that this is not the same caliber offense that NIU has had in the past with Jordan Lynch and Chandler Harnish but it is still the same NIU program that comes on late in the season to win games (evident by a current 7 game streak. It's a traditionally solid program that wins big games. +10 is a gift in my opinion, and I have watched a Marshall team that has been inconsistent the last few weeks versus LT, WKU, and UAB.
LT is the only won of these 3 teams that should have given Marshall problems. NIU is far better than WKU and UAB, and if those two teams could win/cover I fully expect NIU to do the same. NIU plus the points, game over, and a small play on NIU ML at +290 for me.
Last note: if this game starts quickly with scoring on both sides of the ball it should remain high scoring. I think NIU's one weakness is their pass defense, so look for a good in-game play on the total if both teams start fast.
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The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl features two conference champions - Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference facing off against Marshall, which is representing Conference USA. “Outside of the New Year’s bowls, this is probably the best matchup in the country,” Huskies coach Rod Carey told reporters as his team prepares for the trip to Boca Raton, Fla. “I don’t think you have a ton of the champions (versus) champions, outside of the playoff four. Absolutely it adds juice.”
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