Poinsettia Bowl Odds

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SAN DIEGO, CA (The Spread) – No. 23 Northern Illinois looks to close the season on a win on Thursday when the Huskies face Utah State at 9:30PM ET on ESPN in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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Northern Illinois is 12-1 on the season, 8-5 against the spread and the Huskies have hit the over 8 times. Utah State is 8-5 overall, 8-5 against the spread and the Aggies hit the under 7 times.

Trends show that Utah State is 12-3 against the spread in its last 15 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on grass. Northern Illinois is 3-10-1 against the spread in its last 14 games at a neutral site.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Northern Illinois is favored at home, as the Huskies are getting odds of -1.5 points against Utah State on Thursday. The over/under total for the game has been set at 58 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Northern Illinois favored by 2.5 points. The spread slowly fell back to 1.5. The over/under total opened at 58 points and bumped up to 57.5 before moving back to 58.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship. The win cost the Huskies a second-straight appearance in a BCS bowl game. NIU is averaging 41.6 points and 535.6 yards per game on offense while the defense is giving up 25.4 points per contest. The Huskies are led by Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch, who threw for 2,676 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 1,881 yards and 22 scores this year. Cameron Stingily has added 1,081 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

Utah State is coming off a 24-17 loss to Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game. The Aggies went 7-1 in conference play this year and averaged 32.6 points and 420.9 yards per game on offense while the defense allowed just 17.3 points per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. The offense has been led by Joey DeMartino, who has rushed for 1,078 yards and 12 touchdowns. Darrell Garretson has thrown for 1,325 yards and nine touchdowns since replacing the injured Chuckie Keeton at quarterback.

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In terms of Injuries, Northern Illinois offensive lineman Tyler Loos (leg) is out for the game while receiver Angelo Sebastiano (undisclosed) is questionable. Utah State receiver Travis Reynolds (knee) is questionable for the game.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Northern Illinois, as the Huskies are getting 65% of the wagers with odds of -1.5 points against Utah State on Thursday.

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