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Predictions 101 — Bowl

Chandler Harnish, DeMarcus Grady, Scott Wedige

Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State
Jan. 8, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
At Mobile, Ala.

Only Case Keenum and Robert Griffin III accounted for more yards of total offense this season than Northern Illinois senior quarterback Chandler Harnish, who passed for 2,942 yards and ran for 1,382 more.

Arkansas State signalcaller Ryan Aplin isn’t far behind that trio, having gained 3,840 total yards for the Sun Belt champs.

In what will likely be a shootout, we’ll side with the Huskies (10-3), who are more used to this sort of thing, making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance.

Not only have the Red Wolves (10-2) not gone bowling since 2005, they’ll be without Hugh Freeze, the head coach that led them to the school’s first 10-win season since 1986, who took over at Ole Miss on Dec. 5.

Opening point spread: Arkansas State by 1 1/2

The pick: Northern Illinois 38-35

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3 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Bowl”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Dec 7, 2011 3:53 PM

    Of all the bowls I did not even know about filling my inbox, this one I may actually watch. If I was in Mobile, I might even want to go. Sounds like it could be fun. Northern Illinois has the advantage, but Arkansas State may just be loose enough and motivated enough to make it a barn burner to the end and pull it out.

  2. mnorris0123 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:41 PM

    NIU and their Offense should prevail in the long run. Prediction: 35-31. Good luck to both teams.

  3. niubears says: Dec 7, 2011 6:23 PM

    Harnish can become the first player in college football history to throw for 3000 and rush for 1500 in a season. Looked better a couple weeks ago, but still just one big game away from making it happen. Been a pleasure watching him on the field for 4 years. Go Huskies.

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