By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UAB Blazers and the Northern Illinois Huskies play each other in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. The game will be played at FAU Football Stadium at 7 pm on Tuesday night.
The Blazers come into this game with a 10-3 record. The Huskies have an 8-5 record.
UAB is 4-3 on the road this season. Northern Illinois is 5-3.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Blazers have a 52% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, has the Huskies winning with a 57% chance.
This is the first meeting between the two schools.
The Huskies have a 4-8 Bowl record. They have lost their last five Bowl games from 2012 through the present time.
Northern Illinois lost 36-14 to the Duke Blue Devils in last year’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Their last Bowl win came in a 38-20 win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 8th, 2012.
Like the Huskies, the Blazers have a losing record in Bowl records. Last year, the team lost 41-6 to the Ohio Bobcats in the Bahamas Bowl.
The team also lost 59-40 to the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in 2004.
The Blazers won its last game, as they defeated the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on December 1st. With the 27-25 win, the Blazers won the Conference USA Football Championship game at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
This was the first-time that the Blazers — who are in their second-year back as a football program — won the Conference USA Football Championship.
One week earlier, on November 24th, the Blue Raiders defeated the Blazers 27-3 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The Huskies defeated the Buffalo Bulls 30-29 on November 30th. Northern Illinois won the Mid-American Conference with the win at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The win snapped their two-game skid. They have not lost since November 20th against the Western Michigan Broncos when they lost 28-21.
The Blazers are averaging 29.3 points per game. However, they are giving up 17.3 points per contest.
UAB is averaging 400.3 yards per game. They’re giving up 300.8 yards.
The Huskies are averaging 20.7 points per game. They are also averaging 21.5 points per game.
Northern Illinois is averaging 325.0 yards per game. They’re giving up 347.8 yards per contest.
Blazers quarterback A.J. Erdely has gone 111 of 198 for 1,539 yards. He also has seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Spencer Brown leads the Blazers backs with 247 carries for 1,149 yards and 16 touchdowns. Xavier Ubosi leads the Blazers receivers with 28 receptions for 610-yards and five touchdowns.
Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers has gone 212 of 368 for 1996 yards. He also has 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Tre Harbison leads the Huskies backs with 188 carries for 985 yards and four touchdowns. Jauan Wesley leads the Huskies receivers with 49 receptions for 585 yards and two touchdowns.
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