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Boca Raton Bowl Betting Preview: Northern Illinois vs. UAB

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Boca Raton Bowl Betting Preview

This year’s Boca Raton Bowl matchup will feature a Western battle between UAB and Northern Illinois. Both teams dominated their divisions and will be looking to close out the NCAA football betting year on a high note. The Boca Raton Bowl betting odds are predicting quite a heated matchup, opening the door for plenty of great NCAA legal betting predictions. So where does the best value lie in this Tuesday night matchup?

Boca Raton Bowl | Northern Illinois vs. UAB – Tuesday, December 18th    

When: 7:00 pm ET

Where: FAU Football Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

TV: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN

NCAA Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Northern Illinois +2½ (-110) 42½ (-110)   +115
UAB -2½ (-110) 42½ (-110) -135
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Northern Illinois Huskies        

The Huskies turned in an 8-5 record this season to win the MAC West division. Although they’re overall record wasn’t all that impressive, their 6-2 record in conference play certainly was. On top of that, the program was able to claim a conference title in the MAC Championship game with a last minute 30-29 win over the Buffalo Bulls. Now the Huskies look to repeat that kind of magic against a team that’s coming off a very dominant season. Fortunately for Northern Illinois the NCAA football betting odds aren’t favoring UAB all that much. However, the Huskies will need the offense to outdo themselves this Tuesday night if they’re to have a chance at upsetting the Blazers. This is because UAB is averaging 29.3 points per game while Northern Illinois is putting up 20.7. Defensively UAB also takes the edge as they give up 17.3 while their Boca Raton Bowl opponent allots 21.5.

Players to Watch: Marcus Childers (1,996 passing yards, 15 TD, 10 INT), Tre Harbison (985 rushing yards, 4 TD, 5.2 AVG), and Jauan Wesley (585 receiving yards, 2 TD, 49 REC).

UAB Blazers        

The Blazers blaze their way into this year’s Boca Raton Bowl game flashing a brilliant 10-3 record. The program had a wild finish to the regular season going 1-2 in their final two games of the schedule. Interestingly enough they actually suffered a 27-3 loss to Middle Tennessee in their final game of the season but were able to avenge that loss right afterwards. They ended up facing the Blue Raiders once again in the Conference USA Football Championships and avenged their loss to claim a C-USA title. Now UAB looks to close out the year on a high note. All they need to do is put up the same numbers they have all season long and they should be able to claim this Bowl Game.

Players to Watch: AJ Erdely (1,539 passing yards, 7 TD, 7 INT), Spencer Brown (1,149 rushing yards, 16 TD, 4.7 AVG), and Xavier Ubosi (610 receiving yards, 5 TD, 28 REC).

Boca Raton Bowl Betting Predictions | Northern Illinois vs. UAB

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 9 of Northern Illinois’s last 13 games
  • Northern Illinois is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • Northern Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama-Birmingham’s last 5 games
  • Alabama-Birmingham is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Alabama-Birmingham is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
Boca Raton Bowl Betting Picks | Northern Illinois vs. UAB

So which side should mobile betting fans take in Boca Raton Bowl betting matchup? All things considered, UAB is likely the better pick here. They’re coming off a great season and have the consistency needed to show up this Tuesday night. Fortunately the money line isn’t favoring them all that heavily making tem a great straight up pick here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 33-27 UAB.