Boca Raton Bowl
MARSHALL (12-1) VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (11-2)
Time: 3 p.m. PST. Location: Boca Raton, Fla. TV: ESPN.
The buzz: This one is essentially a showdown between the top Group of Five teams left out of a major bowl. Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato is wrapping up his college career in his home state. Cato attended high school at Miami Central, setting several Miami-Dade County passing records. He has passed for 3,622 yards and 37 touchdowns, leading the Thundering Herd to their first 12-victory season since 1999 and first Conference USA championship in school history. Northern Illinois is coming off its fifth consecutive double-digit victory season and its third Mid-American Conference title in the last four seasons. Rod Carey's team ranks among the top 10 in turnover margin at plus-12. The Huskies are looking for their first bowl victory since 2011.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
NAVY (7-5) VS. SAN DIEGO STATE (7-5)
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: San Diego. TV: ESPN.