The Northern Illinois Huskies are attempting to make history on Friday night. For a MAC team to make it into one BCS bowl game is quite a feat. For the same team to have a chance at back to back appearances is something truly special. According to CBSsportsline.com, Northern Illinois is a 3.5 point favorite in the MAC Championship game against Bowling Green.
There is a lot at stake for both teams on Friday night. In addition, the conference championship couldn’t have produced a better match up of contrasting styles.
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois
When: Friday, December 6 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ford Field
TV: ESPN 2
Offensively, the Falcons posses a balanced attack that should be able to put pressure on Northern Illinois’ defense. In seven games, Bowling Green scored over 30 points. Each one of those contests turned into wins. There’s no doubt that they’ll need to create scoring opportunities early in this game. In their lone blowout loss, Bowling Green scored 10 points. Otherwise, they were in every game.
The defense has been downright destructive to every opponent except one. Although they are facing a prolific rushing attack, the front seven is going to have to come up big all game long. Will they shut down Northern Illinois? Probably not, but their tackling will be the difference between a win and a loss. The come into the game with the seventh rated defense.
The offense revolves around Jordan Lynch, but he is not the only playmaker on the team. However, Lynch is probably the most important offensive player in the country. Jordan Lynch has 20 rushing touchdowns and leads the team in rushing attempts. Running back Cameron Stingily surpassed the 1000 yard mark last game. He’ll have to come up big for Northern Illinois to earn their second straight BCS game.
Defensively, the Huskies have been much maligned throughout the year, but they’ve continued to find ways to make plays. They will be tested by the passing game on Friday night. They’ll have to force quarterback Matt Johnson into some turnovers.
Northern Illinois has been looking to this point for quite awhile. They also want to prove that last season’s BCS Bowl performance wasn’t indicative of the type of football Northern Illinois plays. The only way for that to happen is to beat Bowling Green. This will be a good game throughout.
Northern Illinois 34
Bowling Green 30