Poinsettia Bowl 2013: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, Predictions and More

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Poinsettia Bowl 2013: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, Predictions and More
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The 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will feature the Utah State Aggies (8-5, 7-1 MW) versus the Northern Illinois Huskies (12-1, 8-0 MAC). It will be the second time the Huskies have played in this bowl, but it is a debut for the Aggies.

This game will showcase one of the top offenses in the FBS, as NIU and senior quarterback Jordan Lynch will be looking to show off some of that fire power in San Diego.

Utah State has a highly ranked defense, however, and the Aggies will no doubt be looking to shut down Lynch and the rest of that Huskies offense.

For the Aggies, this will be the first time in school history that the team has gone to a bowl game in three straight seasons. For the Huskies, it will be its sixth consecutive bowl game.

Of course, it could have been a second BCS game in a row for NIU if it hadn't lost in the MAC Championship Game against Bowling Green. It will be interesting to see if the team can bounce back from that disappointment.

This will be the second-ever meeting of these two schools on the football field. The Aggies won the first one at home, 42-7, but that was all the way back in 1995.

This game should be much closer.

 

Bowl Game: The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Date: Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kickoff: 9:30 p.m. ET

Location: Qualcomm Stadium

Television: ESPN

Spread: TBA

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