UAB vs Northern Illinois: The Northern Illinois Huskies will collide with the UAB Blazers in the Boca Raton Bowl Tuesday night from the FAU Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Huskies challenged themselves with a nonconference schedule that included Iowa, Utah, Florida State and BYU, beating the Cougars.
Event: Boca Raton Bowl 2018
Team: UAB vs Northern Illinois
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
It has already been a historic season for UAB, reaching 10 wins for the first time and winning its first conference title, but NIU has been one of the top Group of Five programs for quite some time. So before you make your 2018 Boca Raton Bowl predictions, make sure to check out the Northern Illinois vs UAB.
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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.
After an exciting and unpredictable Saturday bowl slate, we are still hungry for more and thankfully on Tuesday, the Mid-American champion Northern Illinois Huskies will take on the underdog and Conference USA champion UAB Blazers.
UAB is one of the best stories of the college football season, with Bill Clark resurrecting the program from the dead after a two year absence due to a forced shutdown. Clark led the Blazers to eight wins in their first season back in 2017, and then delivered a 10-win season accompanied by the program’s first conference title at the FBS level in 2018.
Northern Illinois bounced back from a 1-3 start to win six games in a row before stumbling in the final two regular season games, losing to Miami-Ohio and Western Michigan. They still clinched the MAC West and a spot opposite Buffalo in the conference championship game, but not many people gave them much of a shot against the Bulls.