Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Preview

  • Matchup: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
  • Bowl Game: Tailgreeter Cure Bowl
  • Time: December 17, 6:00pm EST
  • Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
  • Spread: Coastal Carolina -11.0
  • Over/Under: 63.0
  • Records: NIU (9-4) CCU (10-2)
  • TV: ESPN2
Tailgreeter Cure Bowl

Coastal Carolina Statistical Leaders

  • Passing: Grayson McCall, SO, 154/211, 73%, 2558 yards, 23 TDs, 3 INTs
  • Rushing: Shermari Jones, SR, 988 yards, 6.5 average, 13 TDs
  • Receiving: Jaivon Heiligh, SR, 59 receptions, 1034 yards, 7 TDs
  • Tackles: Silas Kelly, SR, 95 tackles, 40 solo, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 PBUs
  • Sacks: Josaiah Stewart, FR, 12.5 sacks, 42 tackles, 24 solo, 3 forced fumbles
  • Interceptions: Alex Spillum, SR, 2 INTs, 52 tackles, 25 solo, 5 PBUs
  • Pass Breakups: D’Jordan Strong, SR, 7 PBUs, 21 tackles, 18 solo

Northern Illinois Statistical Leaders

  • Passing: Rocky Lombardi, JR, 180/310, 58.1%, 2416 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs
  • Rushing: Jay Ducker, FR, 1038 yards, 5.4 average, 3 TDs
  • Receiving: Trayvon Rudolph, FR, 49 receptions, 877 yards, 7 TDs
  • Tackles: CJ Brown, FR, 103 tackles, 58 solo, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PBUs
  • Sacks: Devonte O’Malley, FR, 4 sacks, 16 tackles, 10 solo, 1 forced fumble
  • Interceptions: CJ Brown & Jaden Dolphin, FR, 1 INT, 31 tackles, 18 solo
  • Pass Breakups: Jordan Gandy, SO, 10 PBUs, 48 tackles, 30 solo

Analytics

For an explanation of each metric, please visit the linked websites from which the data was provided.
Football Outsiders F+:
Coastal Carolina: Rank: 39th, Overall F+ 0.65, Off F+ 1.25 (15th), Def F+ -0.14 (75th)
FEI: 0.24 (51st)
Northern Illinois: Rank: 100th, Overall F+ -0.71, Off F+ -0.03 (69th), Def F+ -1.24 (113th)
FEI: -0.39 (99th)

ESPNs SP+:
Coastal Carolina: Rank: 25th, Overall SP+ 12.8, Off SP+ 38.6 (12th), Def SP+ 25.0 (57th) ST SP+ -0.8 (94th)
Northern Illinois: Rank: 100th, Overall SP+ -7.5, Off SP+ 28.5 (70th), Def SP+ 35.4 (115th) ST SP+ -0.6 (84th)

ESPNs Football Power Index:
Coastal Carolina: 5.3 (43rd)
Northern Illinois: -7.5 (97th)
Coastal Carolina: 78.1% chance to win

My Picks:

Coastal Carolina -12.0, Over 63.0
Prediction: Coastal Carolina 42, Northern Illinois 28
Coastal Carolina has a highly efficient offense, and is just better in every regard than Northern Illinois. NIU is an extremely young team, with a lot of their top players being freshman. Coastal Carolina has a more experienced team with talent all over the roster. They should win the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl easily.