12/23/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
8 more teams go bowling in the 4 games leading up to Christmas. Let's take a look at the next wave of matchups as the first week of bowl games continue.
Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State vs Northern Illinois 12/23 at 4:30pm
The Mountain West meets the MAC as 8 and 4 Boise State takes on 8 and 4 Northern Illinois. Scoring isn't a problem for these teams as the Broncos average 37.8 points per game while the Huskies average 33 points per game. Boise State also averages 489 yards per game, while Northern Illinois averages 427 yards per game. Both teams also feature strong running games. Northern Illinois' Joel Bouagnon led the MAC in rushing with 1,269 yards while scoring 18 touchdowns. Jeremy McNichols leads the way for Boise State with 1,244 yards and 18 TD's as well. The Broncos are solid at quarterback as well with Brett Rypien, who passed for 2,973 yards and 17 scores. QB for Northern Illinois is a lot less stable since it's unsure who is going to be starting under center. Starter Drew Hare suffered an Achilles injury November 30th, then backup Ryan Graham sustained a leg injury in the Huskies season finale. That would leave true freshman Tommy Fielder who played in Northern Illinois final two games. Boise State has won 5 of their past 6 bowl games, while Northern Illinois has dropped their past 3.
GoDaddy Bowl: Bowling Green vs Georgia Southern 12/23 at 8pm
It will be a contrast in offensive styles in this matchup of the 10 and 3 champs of the MAC in Bowling Green and 8 and 4 Georgia Southern of the Sun Belt Conference, For the Falcons, they get it done offensively through the air. QB Matt Johnson has thrown for 4,700 yards and 43 TD's with Roger Lewis catching 82 passes for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Georgia Southern is all about the ground and pound offense. The Eagles led the nation in rushing yards 4,267 but passed for just 742 yards, which is the lowest total in college football. Georgia Southern's rushing attack is anchored by Matt Breida, who's rushed for 1,540 yards and 16 TD's. Bowling Green features a pretty good back of their own in Travis Greene, who's ran for 1,219 yards and 14 TD's. Both teams will also be led by interim coaches in this one. Dino Babers left Bowling Green to take the job at Syracuse, while Georgia Southern lost Willie Fritz to Tulane.
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