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Humanitarian Bowl: Northen Illinois vs. Fresno St

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2008 Humanitarian Bowl Pick: Nevada -1, Loss
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Saturday, December 18th
Bronco Stadium - Boise, ID


Northern Illinois will attempt to put a disappointing end to the season behind them when they play against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Humanitarian Bowl. The latest college football odds for this bowl game have the Huskies listed as three point favorites over the Bulldogs when they meet up on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

Northern Illinois has had a 10 win season which is respectable for any college football team, but they are not pleased with how the regular season ended. The Huskies lost the Mid-American Conference championship game to Miami (Ohio) in the waning seconds. They enter this game with hopes of trying get over that loss and they will have to do it without their head coach.

Jerry Kill bolted the head position with the Huskies to become the new head coach in Minnesota. This adds to the current adversity that the school is going through. The Huskies will attempt to win the game with an interim coach which has not been successful in the past. In 2007-08, six teams went to bowls with interim coaches and only one of those coaches notched a victory in the bowl game. Although the interim coach will come from the current staff, as of now with just ten days to go, the coach has not been named.

The Huskies have 20 seniors on this team and that will help in getting through the hardship, but it may not be enough to get the win.

Fresno State enters this game with a victory over a Big Ten opponent as they defeated Illinois by the final score of 25-23. Fresno State has defeated two teams from automatic-qualifying conferences in Illinois of the Big Ten and Cincinnati of the Big East, and is thrilled to be playing in this bowl game. In the last two years the Bulldogs have gone to the New Mexico Bowl and they are thrilled with the change. The Huskies are 2-9 against the spread (ATS) when they play a team with a winning record, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 against the WAC, and 0-6 ATS in their last six neutral site games. The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games as an underdog.

Northern Illinois has the better offense, but they are in a state of flux that will hurt them in this game as they lose to the Bulldogs.

Humanitarian Bowl Pick: Fresno State +3

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Past results and history of the Humanitarian Bowl:

Humanitarian Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/29/97
Cincinnati
35
Utah State
19
12/30/98
Idaho
42
Southern Miss
35
12/30/99
Boise State
34
Louisville
31
12/28/00
Boise State
38
UTEP
23
12/31/01
Clemson
49
Louisiana Tech
24
12/31/02
Boise State
34
Iowa State
16
1/3/04
Georgia Tech
52
Tulsa
10
12/27/04
Fresno ST. (OT)
37
Virginia
34
12/28/05
Boston College
27
Boise State
21
12/31/06
Miami (Fla.)
21
Nevada
20
12/31/07
Fresno State
40
Georgia Tech
28
12/30/08
Maryland
42
Nevada
35
12/30/09
Idaho
43
Bowling Green
42
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