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Wake Up Bronco Nation 12-22-2015: Northern Illinois and Boise State Similarities

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Poinsettia Bowl Preview: Boise State and NIU Similar in Many Ways

Hustle Belt writer David Drury breaks down what promises to be a great game between two very similar programs. I didn’t realize how similar these two teams were until I read this article, but their bodies of work are almost mirror images, with the exception of them losing to a P5 school in their lone BCS appearance (NIU 10, Florida State 31).

I really was rooting for them to win that one. As a matter-of-interest, here’s their bowl history for you to look over:

Division I-A/FBS Bowl Games

Year


Bowl Game


Result


Opponent


Score


2015

Poinsettia Bowl

Boise State

2014

Boca Raton Bowl

L

Marshall

52–23

2013

Poinsettia Bowl

L

Utah State

14–21

2012

Orange Bowl

L

Florida State

10–31

2011

GoDaddy.com Bowl

W

Arkansas State

38–20

2010

Humanitarian Bowl

W

Fresno State

40–17

2009

International Bowl

L

South Florida

3–27

2008

Independence Bowl

L

Louisiana Tech

10–17

2006

Poinsettia Bowl

L

TCU

7–37

2004

Silicon Valley Classic

W

Troy State

34–21

1983

California Bowl

W

Cal State-Fullerton

20–13

Now, I know past history in bowls has nothing to do with the present, but for some reason, L.L. Cool J’s name keeps popping into my head.

Anyway, read the article and enjoy a pretty well-researched breakdown of tomorrow’s game!

Vallejo, Sumner-Gardner to Miss Poinsettia Bowl for Team Violations

From what I could deduce, Dylan Sumner-Gardner being left behind didn’t come from his injury, but from a misdemeanor drug citation. I’m not sure if Vallejo was riding in the Mystery Machine as well. I’ll leave the commentary up to all of you. I choose to take the high road and not get involved.

BSU Defense Hopes to Improve

Coach Yates wants to end this season on a high note, coming back to the stout defense we were when the season began. NIU has a tough runner in Joel Bouagnon, and he looks to test our line and linebackers. Our already depleted secondary might see a jump in production with Thompson being back in (hopefully to extend his interception record a bit more).

Rypien Benefitting from Kellen Moore Mentoring

Kellen’s best bit of advice for Rypien: Be tall.

Also mentioned in this article is how we won’t see any body-slam memes come out of this game, because Vallejo drinks the public pool water. (Basically.)

Kellen Moore Preparing for First NFL Start

Who didn’t get the goosebumps when they saw #17 take the field against the Jets last week? I have been DVR’ing Cowboys games for the last few weeks, just hoping to get to see an itty-bitty lefty take the field. The funny thing is, all of the Cowboys fans were hoping for the same thing. It’s crazy to have anything in common with those weirdos, but here we are.