Although they are one of a select few unbeaten teams left in college football, the Northern Illinois Huskies are still not guaranteed a BCS bowl berth. Sitting at 12-0 with a Heisman-caliber quarterback under center every week, the Huskies are looking to win the MAC title this week and improve their resumé.
On the other side of the field, the Bowling Green Falcons are having their best season in a while and are searching for their 10th victory — and it would be a huge one. The Falcons are making their first appearance in a MAC title game since 2003 and looking to win the title game for the first time.
Northern Illinois has dominated in the MAC since 2005, appearing in four conference title games and winning two of them, looking for three this year in their fifth appearance. Jordan Lynch has been breaking college football records seemingly every week with his unbelievable dual-threat ability, passing for 2,457 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,755 yards and an unreal 20 rushing scores. Tommylee Lewis leads the team — by far — in receptions on the year with 74 at the wide out position for 623 yards and three scores. Cameron Stingily leads all running backs with 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bowling Green’s nine wins can be contributed — in large part — to their strong quarterback play and 24th-ranked rushing attack in the nation. Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson has led the team with his strong arm, passing for 2,802 yards and 18 touchdowns, connecting with Shaun Joplin a team-high 47 times for 807 yards and three touchdowns — averaging 17.2 yards per catch. The run game, as previously stated, has been solid this season behind running back Travis Greene who has rushed for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns on 6.1 yards per carry.
Defensively, Bowling Green has been solid this season, ranking fifth in points allowed per game as well as sixth in yards allowed per game. Northern Illinois ranks 39th in points allowed and 57th in yards allowed per game with just under 400 per contest.
Bowling Green will face Northern Illinois for the MAC title at 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 6. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Bowling Green 17, Northern Illinois 31
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