Florida State Seminoles vs NIU Huskies Game Preview, Prediction

The Northern Illinois Huskies have arguably the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule this season, and next up is a trip to Tallahassee to face the Florida State Seminoles. The voyage to Doak Campbell Stadium is one that has been highly anticipated ever since it was announced a couple of years ago, replacing a home date with Idaho on the schedule.

The players and coaching staff will be really amped, as evidenced by the sound bites they gave at NIU Media Day. Most importantly, this game goes above and beyond football, as it’s a money game that saved jobs at NIU. 

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Notre Dame Football Needs Better Offensive Cohesion to be a Real Playoff Contender

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It’s entirely possible that this current Notre Dame football team can replicate what they accomplished in 2012- winning with defense, just enough offense, luck, smoke and mirrors. Through three games the #8 Fighting Irish are undefeated, but unimpressive in two of those three victories.

They may be able to keep going along this season with the current status quo, and get to the college football playoff, but that’s far from likely as the schedule will get tougher in October. In order for the Irish to rise to the occasion and become as formidable an opponent as those appearing on their schedule down the line, they need to solve their offensive issues.

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Rod Carey on How the Florida State Road Trip Saved Jobs at NIU (Exclusive)

The Northern Illinois Huskies are visiting Tallahassee this weekend to take on the Florida State Seminoles and it’s a trip that’s about much more than football. Yes, it’s an opportunity to face, and hopefully defeat, a traditional college football blue blood, but getting this game on the books has already yielded a major win for Northern Illinois University.

The 2013 Orange Bowl rematch replaces what had been a home date with Idaho on the NIU schedule. It’s also a $1.6 million payday, courtesy of Florida State University. This cash infusion helped save jobs in DeKalb, Illinois, where they were facing a massive budget shortfall. No, the current Seminoles are definitely not living up to the FSU brand, but this is a special game nonetheless.

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Urban Meyer Still Doesn’t Get it, or Doesn’t Think He Needs to

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Monday saw Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer hold his first press briefing since he finished serving the three game suspension handed to him by the University. He was suspended due to his mishandling of the domestic abuse allegations leveled against now former assistant coach Zach Smith, who has had a working relationship with Meyer since 2002.

When Meyer took to the podium, he did the same thing that he’s been doing every single time he’s discussed the Zach Smith fiasco- making things worse for himself and his employer- the Ohio State University. Meyer has dug himself a hole, and his way of trying to get out of it is by digging further.

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NIU Coach Rod Carey, Players Express Excitement for Florida State Game

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Today is NIU Media Day (Chicago edition), which means it’s just talking season, and in talking season all topics are on the table. With that in mind, week four, Sept 22nd at Florida State, is the very definition of “circle the date” for the NIU Huskies.

Given the traditional power that Florida State is, and how high they will be ranked in the polls, the Seminoles will be favored. If you fancy a bet on college football, you can still find free bets available on huge games like these before the season starts up next month.

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Notre Dame Increases Playoff Odds with Another Survive and Advance Victory

In mid-October 2015, then Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer described the mantra of that Fighting Irish team. After beating Navy to go to 5-1, he said his team was “sort of in March Madness mode.” 

That team would go on to win five in a row, before dropping their last two and falling out of college football playoff contention. The current team survived-and-advanced today by beating Vanderbilt 22-17, squeaking by a team that took them down to the final minute. Survive-and-advance is how you reach the playoff, and every week that Notre Dame does, their odds get better.

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#8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Vanderbilt Commodores Game Preview, Prediction

The #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday looking to sail on through to a stretch of the schedule that will become significantly tougher. They beat MAC foe Ball State 24-16 last week but it wasn’t easy, easy like Sunday morning. Now they go up against the Commodores’ brick house of a defensive line, led by Dare and Dayo Odeyingbo.

And with that, we’ve officially hit saturation point in references to Lionel Ritchie’s old R&B group when discussing the Vanderbilt Commodores.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 9-10-18

It’s 2019 NFL mock draft at this point. The order is mostly randomized at this point. Don’t read too much into that right now.

Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks?

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Montre Hartage, Northwestern Secondary Have Off Day vs Duke Blue Devils

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Senior cornerback Montre Hartage could have the highest NFL draft stock of anyone on this 2018 Northwestern football team, but even his skill set couldn’t save the Cats at home versus Duke today. On a day with autumn like conditions, winter has come to the Wildcats’ nine game winning streak (which had been the longest among all FBS teams), as they fell 21-7 at Ryan Field.

Hartage is a stud, but the NU pass defense, as a whole, stumbled today. You can’t really single anyone on the Cats out specifically, as it was a total team let down. The story of the game was the Duke passing attack, as quarterback Daniel Jones was clinical, efficient and precise.

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#15 Michigan State Spartans at Arizona State Sun Devils Game Preview, Prediction

With apologies to the Commodores (not the Vanderbilt kind, but the old school R&B group) Mark Dantonio and his #15 Michigan State Spartans are hoping there’s “gonna be some sweet sounds, coming down on the nightshift.”

MSU will make just its second ever trip to Arizona State in one of the weekend’s most compelling games in the Big Ten and Pac 12. It’s just a shame that the contest kicks off so very late that most people in the eastern and central time zones (i.e. the part of the country where most of the interest in this game lies) will be long asleep by the second half.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Game Preview, Prediction

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Going all the way back to the Gary Barnett era, the Northwestern Wildcats often lose a September game that they really should not lose, and they sometimes lose that game in a manner not befitting the level of their program.

As Pat Fitzgerald is now 11-2 in season openers, that game comes in week two, three or four, and last season that game was the trip to Duke. The Cats got slaughtered 41-17 in week two last year, and this weekend they’ll be looking to redeem themselves from that 2017 disaster.

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Rondale Moore: What it’s Like to Try and Defend Purdue’s Electric Playmaker

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Rondale Moore announced his presence to the college football world with authority Thursday night. All the Purdue true freshman wide receiver from New Albany, Indiana did in his very first collegiate game was break Purdue’s 46-year old record for most all-purpose yards in a contest with 313 yards.

In a 31-27 loss to Northwestern he rushed twice for 79 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run, and caught 11 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. As the name Rondale Moore was top ten trending nationally on Twitter, the rookie was compiling 125 yards on five kickoff returns, en route to winning the league’s Freshman of the Week award.

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