Boca Raton Bowl 2018 is a college football bowl game that will be played on December 18, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. It will be the 5th edition of the Boca Raton Bowl, and will be one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season.
Event: Boca Raton Bowl 2018
Team: UAB vs Northern Illinois
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
UAB carries the better record of the two Group of Five champions into the Boca Raton Bowl, and if the Blazers come out on top, they could finish in the Top 25 at the end of the season. The model knows that as both teams set their sights on Boca Raton Bowl 2018, the most important player on the field for Alabama Birmingham will be defensive lineman Jamell Garcia-Williams.
The best from Conference USA will take on the best from the MAC on Tuesday at the 2018 Boca Raton Bowl. Kickoff between UAB and Northern Illinois is at 7 p.m. ET from FAU Football Stadium. Both teams will be looking to cap off spectacular seasons, with UAB having already reached double-digit wins for the first time in program history and NIU winning its first league title since 2014.
The line opened at UAB -2, but the Blazers are favored by 2.5 in the live UAB vs. Northern Illinois odds. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 42.5, down one from the opener. Before you make your Boca Raton Bowl predictions, be sure to check out the UAB vs. NIU picks from the advanced computer model.
Now, the model has evaluated the latest 2018 Boca Raton Bowl odds and has simulated every possible play for UAB vs. Northern Illinois. We can tell you it is leaning toward the over, but it also says one side of the spread cashes well over 60 percent of the time.
Alabama-Birmingham also has plenty of momentum, reaching double-digit wins after the school didn’t field a team in 2015 and 2016. The Blazers also won the conference for the first time ever this year. But UAB’s feel-good story doesn’t guarantee a cover against a powerful Northern Illinois squad.
NIU has been one of the elite teams in the MAC for a long time now and the Huskies have proven they can compete at a very high level with a number of wins over Power Five teams during the last 15 years. They won’t be intimidated in the role of underdog against UAB.
The Huskies challenged themselves with a non-conference schedule that included Iowa, Utah, Florida State and BYU, beating the Cougars. That lineup has clearly helped them, with outright wins in each of the past three games in which they were underdogs.