Northern Illinois Football Game Preview: MAC Championship vs Buffalo Bulls

With apologies to Kris Kross, who will be the MAC Daddy or Daddy MAC come Friday night in Detroit? Will it be this 2018  Northern Illinois football team who claimed the Western division title, or the winner of the East division, Buffalo Bulls?

Both teams dominated their divisions so thoroughly that they were able to clinch their berth in Detroit rather early. That left them able to coast down the stretch and take their foot off the gas pedal. You can see this reflected in the results of their early and mid season conference games versus late in the league season.

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Northern Illinois Football Game Preview: Mallory Cup vs Miami (Ohio)

Northern Illinois football can clinch the MAC West title with a victory in either of their last two games: Wednesday night against Miami of Ohio, or the following Tuesday November 20th at Western Michigan. After winning the division six years straight, 2010-2015, NIU was an also-ran in the division the past two seasons.

Now they are on the precipice of returning to the Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit, and with it reclaiming their position as the gold standard for #MACtion excellence in the 2010s. The Huskies have won the conference title three times this decade (2011, 2012, 2014) and will almost certainly meet Buffalo in the conference title game.

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NIU Huskies Unfortunate as Florida State Seminoles Sort of Wake Up

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It wasn’t until week four, one-third of the way into the regular season that the Florida State Seminoles finally woke up and realized that they are, in fact, the Florida State Seminoles…well, sort of; kind of.

It’s unfortunate for the Northern Illinois Huskies that they just happened to be the opponent when it occurred. Of course, there is still lots of room for improvement, but FSU’s 37-19 win over NIU showed a lot of progress for the Noles. It also consisted of many missed opportunities for the Huskies.

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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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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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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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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northern Illinois Huskies: Game Preview, Prediction

Northern Illinois Coach Rod Carey articulated what the atmosphere will be like for his team’s season opener at the Iowa Hawkeyes perfectly: “Those guys are right on top of you.”

“Iowa has a great setting and they have great fans. We’re going to have our contingent in the corner, and when we score, it’s going to be great. But if they ever score, it’s really loud. When we’re running onto that field, adversity is going to hit them right there.”

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NIU DE Sutton Smith: Nation’s Best Under the Radar Player

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If you’re a fan of a MAC team, a NIU die-hard or a member of the national college football literati, then you are most likely very well aware of Sutton Smith. If you’re somebody who doesn’t fit into any of those three stated categories, then your awareness of the Northern Illinois Huskies junior defensive end may be limited. 

In 2018, all of us should get more edification on the St. Charles, Missouri native, who became just the second player in school history, and the first since LeShon Johnson in 1993, to be named a consensus All-American last season.

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2018 Northern Illinois Football Season Preview, Predictions, Prospectus

After a blip in 2016, the 2017 Northern Illinois football team returned to the level of excellence that we have come to associate with the program. Led an ultra stingy defense that returns almost all of their key players and stars, the bar is set higher this fall. For NIU, it’s time to win more than the MAC West division in 2018.

Success will be defined by winning the MAC, getting to a bigger bowl game and ending the postseason game losing streak. This journey will include the most ambitious and impressive non-conference schedule that NIU has seen in recent memory. They open at Big Ten West power Iowa, and travel to college football blue blood Florida State in late September.

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Florida State Football Welcomes NIU Huskies for Orange Bowl Rematch

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Kudos to the NIU Huskies, who are truly embracing the spirit of “taking on all comers.” Next season (as the 2017 slate is already “this season,” making 2018 “next year”) Florida State football welcomes the MAC standard program to Tallahassee. It’s a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl, which was historical for several reasons.

It marked the first appearance by a Mid-American Conference school in a Bowl Championship Series game. It will also be the final appearance by a MAC school in the BCS, as that cartel is now extinct and replaced by the playoff system.

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