When there is this much football on TV the days just seem to go a lot quicker. Day 4 of bowl season is already here and the San Diego County Credit Union Bowl is up next, pitting the Boise State Broncos against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Broncos season hasn’t gone as they would’ve hoped. Going into the season you wouldn’t be laughed at for thinking the Broncos could represent the Group of 5 in the New Year’s Six bowl games. But some very disappointing losses derailed those hopes – and ended an 18-game win streak. Ignoring the record though, this team has been very productive. On offense they rank 18th in total offense (489 YPG), 19th in passing offense (304.6 PYG), 50th in rushing offense (184.3 RYG) and 16th in scoring (37.8 PPG). Their defense is no slouch either, they rank 24th in total defense (342 YPG), 67th in passing defense (224.4 PYG), 13th in rushing defense (117.7 RYG) and 26th in scoring (21.3 PPG). On a team with plenty of talent, safety Darian Thompson is the pick of the bunch. He is ranked as the number 1 senior FS in this year’s class by CBS and it isn’t hard to see why. First of all, he looks like an ideal safety with his 6’2”, 210lbs body. Secondly, he has an impressive skill set. He has the excellent ball skills, closing speed and awareness which make him an attractive prospect to NFL scouts. Finally, he has the production to match the skill set. He has 19 career interceptions, which is tied for first among all FBS players. He needs to work on his tackling, as he’ll sometimes go for the big hit and miss, but other than that he projects nicely as a starting free safety in the NFL. Joining Thompson as prospects to watch are; Donte Deayon (CB), Kelsey Young (RB), Marcus Henry (C), Mercy Maston (CB), Holden Huff (TE), Tyler Horn (DE), Shane William-Rhodes (WR), Tutulupeatau Mataele (DT) and Kamalei Correa (OLB, Jr). Northern Illinois also had a slightly disappointing season, though they can put their struggles at least partially down to some injuires, particularly at the QB position. Drew Hare, their starter, is out for the season and backup Ryan Graham is questionable for this game. As is star receiver Tommylee Lewis. Despite these injuries on offense, the Huskies still rank in in the top 3rd of schools in most categories. They rank 44th in total offense (427 YPG), 65th in passing (221 PYG), 29th in rushing (205.1 RYG) and 43rd in scoring (33 PPG). Their defense though might struggle against this strong Broncos offense. They rank 55th in total defense (399 YPG), 78th in passing (233.4 PYG), 64th in rushing (166.1 RYG) and 55th in scoring (25.5 PPG). Unlike the Broncos, the Huskies don’t have any high profile prospects. But the player to watch is eligible to enter the draft, and that is star running back Joel Bouagnon. He is a big bodied back – 6’2”, 226lbs – and seems to get stronger as the game goes on. He just wears defenses down. The Huskies top seniors to watch are; Tommylee Lewis (WR) – if he plays – Aidan Condon (OG), Boomer Mays (LB), Paris Logan (CB), Andrew Ness (C) and Perez Ford (OLB/DE). If you want to watch this game, or any of the other bowl games, the complete bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.
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