Boca Raton Bowl
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM (10-3) VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (8-5)
at Boca Raton, Fla., 4 p.m. PST, ESPN
Alabama Birmingham is seeking its first bowl win in school history. The Blazers, whose program was reinstated last season following a two-year hiatus, won the Conference USA title for the first time. Northern Illinois is looking to end a streak of five consecutive bowl losses. The Huskies, who won the Mid-American Conference, are led on defense by junior end Sutton Smith, a first-team All-American who leads the nation with 15 sacks. Spencer Brown, a sophomore, has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in two straight seasons and needs 340 yards to become Alabama Birmingham’s all-time leading rusher.