|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe first edition of the Boca Raton Bowl will be taking place on Tuesday at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. This game in Palm Beach County will bring the Marshall Thundering Herd against the Northern Illinois Huskies.
Marshall was one of the final two teams in the FBS to have an undefeated record and was even in the rankings for the College Football Playoff. Even with their run, they ended up losing by a point to Western Kentucky in overtime late in the season. Still, the Herd went 12-1 and won the Conference USA title after having a narrow three-point victory over Louisiana Tech to win the title. In fact, the Herd had four more wins than its closest team in Conference USA.
The Herd has one of the most proficient offenses in all of college football. The team had only three games where they had less than 40 points. Devon Johnson has 1,636 rushing yards and sixteen touchdowns while the team is getting close to 275 rushing yards per game. In addition, Rakeem Cato has 37 touchdowns versus thirteen interceptions.
The Northern Illinois Huskies went 11-2 this year and won all but one of their MAC games. The Huskies won the conference title with a 51-17 victory over Bowling Green.
The Huskies have a strong rushing game as well. The team has 252 rushing yards per game with Cameron Stingily and Drew Hare both past the 850-yard mark. Meanwhile, Hare also has seventeen passing touchdowns and only two interceptions this season.
The strong offensive output of the Thundering Herd is a big part of the game in terms of its overall prediction. Marshall has a -10 advantage for the game. While Marshall has a strong offense and has become exceptionally powerful, Northern Illinois has seven wins in a row. Therefore, this game could end up being a much more exciting match when compared with many of the other early bowl games to come out to start the end of the college football season.