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 UAB Will Win The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

– Like NIU, UAB lives on its defense, finishing second in the nation in third down stops and going through a brilliant midseason stretch allowing seven points or fewer in five of six games. Also like NIU, the pass rush is a dominant force, finishing fourth in the nation in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss. The Huskies have a good line, but it gives up too many sacks.

Northern Illinois finds ways to come up with wins, mostly on the defensive side, but scoring points has been like pulling teeth at times. The O is averaging just under 21 points per game and with one of the worst downfield passing games in the country, averaging just 9.3 yards per completion. 

UAB holds on to the ball for forever, and in a game like this when points are going to come at a premium, time of possession will matter. NIU only controls the clock for around 28 minutes per game. Thanks to a defense that’s second in the nation in third down stops, UAB dominates the clock, owning the ball for over 33 minutes.

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