Charles Rex Arbogast, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch carries the ball past two Western Michigan defenders during the first half of an NCAA football game Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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.