Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
3:30 p.m. from San Diego, ESPN
Records: Boise State 8-4, 5-3 Mountain West; Northern Illinois 8-5, 6-2 Mid-American
The skinny: Boise State seniors want to get their 40th victory, while Northern Illinois wants to break a two-game losing streak and win for the first time in three Poinsettia Bowl appearances. The Broncos will be trying to open holes for RB Jeremy McNichols, who rushed for 1,244 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. The Huskies will rely on RB Joel Bouagnon, who was named to the All-Mid-American Conference first team after rushing for 1,269 yards and 18 TDs.
The stat: Boise State is playing in its 14th consecutive bowl while Northern Illinois is playing in its eighth straight.
The line: Boise State by 9
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green
7 p.m. from Mobile, Ala.; ESPN
Records: Georgia Southern 8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt; Bowling Green 10-3, 7-1 Mid-American
The skinny: Both teams are successful on offense, but go about scoring their points in vastly different ways. Georgia Southern averages a nation’s-best 355.6 rushing yards per game, using a triple-option offense that’s rarely seen in today’s college game. Bowling Green loves to get its work done through the air — QB Matt Johnson has passed for a 4,700 yards this season and spreads the ball to several receivers.
The stat: Both teams in state of transition after each head coach — Bowling Green’s Dino Babers (Syracuse) and Georgia Southern’s Willie Fritz (Tulane) — took a new job since the end of the regular season.
The line: Bowling Green by 7