Watch the 2014 Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois game time, TV schedule, live online streaming

Two teams who barely missed out on a New Year’s 6 bowl square off in the Sunshine State.

The Marshall Thundering Herd were the college football darlings for much of the 2014 season. The Herd ripped off 11 straight wins to open the year and looked bound for an undefeated record and a berth in one of the New Year’s 6 bowls.

However, things came crashing down in their regular-season finale against Western Kentucky, as they dropped a 67-66 overtime loss at home to the Hilltoppers. That knocked Marshall out of the top 25 and effectively eliminated them from contention for one of the premier bowls.

They went on to beat Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA title game, and they’ll now face the MAC champion Northern Illinois Huskies. NIU hammered Bowling Green in the MAC championship to finish 11-2 and barely out of the top 25. With both of these teams entering this game with 11 and 12 wins respectively, there’s an outside chance the winner of this game will finish in the final top-25 poll, which would be quite an accomplishment for either of these non-power schools.

How to watch, listen, and stream

Date and time: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, 6 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Location: Boca Raton, Fla.

Stadium: FAU Stadium, 30,000

Radio: Here’s a list of affiliates for Marshall. Here’s one for NIU.

Online streaming: WatchESPN.

The numbers

Rankings and records: Neither team is ranked. NIU is 11-2 and 7-1 in the MAC. Marshall is 12-1 and 7-1 in CUSA.

Vegas: Marshall is a 9.5-point favorite with an over/under of 65, per OddsShark.

Weather forecast: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.

Two things at stake

A win for Marshall gets them to 13 wins, a quality achievement for any school in any conference or division of football.

The same goes for NIU, though a win gets them to 12 wins.

One big matchup

Drew Hare vs. Marshall Defense

The Huskies keep rolling in the MAC, appearing in their fifth consecutive conference title game even after losing Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch last season. That’s because sophomore quarterback Drew Hare has filled in nicely, throwing for 2,097 yards and 17 scores to go with 850 rushing yards and eight more scores.

Further reading

For more on NIU and the rest of the MAC, head to Hustle Belt. For coverage of Marshall and C-USA, check out Underdog Dynasty.

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