Poinsettia Bowl gameday glance: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25 2013 8:40 p.m. MST

Associated Press

Utah State looks to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history against No. 21 Northern Illinois and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Here's a look at several key factors to the bowl game.

Kraig Williams is a 2010 Utah State University graduate and regular Deseret News sports blogger. He can be followed on Twitter @DesNewsKraig.

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salt lake city, utah

Aggies by 10.

NIU played one team with a defense like the Aggies and got spanked.

Aggies offer a depleted offense running back-ups on the line, receiver, running back and quarterback...otherwise, this would be a blowout.

Centerville, UT


I hope you're right. I don't think it's going to be that easy.

scottsdale, AZ

If the Aggies can find some offensive punch they can win, but will probably need 4 plus touchdowns to prevail, even with our stout defense playing its best. I see NIU winning in a close game probably determined by turnovers.

Shire, 00

Aggie D is amazing. If we can get any kind of Offensive production I think we win. I bet we hold NIU to under 20. If our D gets a break now and then!

Go Aggies!

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