Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: NIU vs. UAB Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: NIU vs. UAB Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: NIU vs. UAB Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Why NIU Will Win The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

– Here comes the heat. The Northern Illinois pass rush is the best in college football with 50 sacks, thanks to Sutton Smith’s 15 and Josh Corcoran’s ten. These two took over the MAC title game by rolling through the normally amazing Buffalo offensive line with unrelenting pressure. The UAB offensive front is strong, but it’s about to have to deal with something it hasn’t seen all season long.

– UAB hasn’t beaten anyone. It was a good season, but it also got to roll up lots of wins against mediocre teams. There’s a win over North Texas, and beating Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech was fine, but it had one game against a Power Five team, and got rolled by Texas A&M 41-20. NIU was stuffed by Iowa and Utah early on in the season, but it battled well against Florida State and stuffed BYU on the road.

The Blazers just don’t put up points in bunches. It’s an effective offense, but it doesn’t roll for big numbers except against the weak and the sad. It’s an inconsistent attack that averages around 400 yards per game but scores more than 30 points just three times against FBS teams. The MAC’s best defense should keep this tight.

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