Most important players in this week’s bowl games

6Marcus Childers, QB, Northern Illinois

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The Boca Raton Bowl should be a low-scoring affair. UAB and Northern Illinois rank ninth and 26th, respectively, in points allowed per game. While UAB has a strictly average offense, NIU’s is extremely inefficient. Only Rutgers, UTSA and Central Michigan — which combined to finish 5-33 — tallied fewer yards per snap. This is a big moment for Marcus Childers, who tallied 358 yards and four touchdowns in the MAC title game. That outburst is an outlier in his career, so Childers faces the pressure of repeating that performance against a terrific defense.