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Akron vs. Northern Illinois: Game Preview With TV Schedule

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Taking down team after team, the Northern Illinois Huskies are one of the top up-and-coming teams in the nation. In fact, their wins at the Iowa Hawkeyes and on the road against the Purdue Boilermakers were two of the most impressive victories of any MAC team this season.

On the other side of the field, the Akron Zips almost pulled off a huge win against a Big Ten team in week three, losing to the Michigan Wolverines by just four points and having a last-second chance to win inside the Wolverines’ 10-yard line that fell just short. Besides that close loss, the Zips have been one of the worst teams in college football at 1-5.

Northern Illinois has a quarterback that contended for a Heisman Trophy a season ago that goes by the name Jordan Lynch. The senior quarterback is completing nearly 64 percent of his passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for another 533 yards and three scores. Cameron Stingily also adds to this potent rushing attack with 576 yards and five rushing scores of his own.

Akron, on the other hand, is led by sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl who has struggled a bit in the last few weeks. He has passed for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns this season, but his seven interceptions have become a serious issue throughout each week. The passing attack ranks 75th in the nation, but the rest of the offense ranks in the bottom-25. With basically no rushing offense and a tough time getting into the endzone, there’s no question as to why this team is just 1-5.

Defensively, the Zips rank 92nd, allowing 436.2 yards per game as well as 34.7 points per game — ranking 104th in the nation. Northern Illinois has been even worse on defense, ranking 113th with 479 yards allowed per game to go along with 29.8 points per game

Akron will travel to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.

PREDICTION: Akron 13, Northern Illinois 35

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Northern Illinois Huskies Need Offensive Bounceback in Poinsettia Bowl

The Northern Illinois Huskies were one win away from making their second straight trip the BCS in 2013 before running into a brick wall in the form of the Bowling Green Falcons in the MAC Championship game. Bowling Green’s top-ten defense contained the high-powered offensive attack of NIU and upset the Huskies to keep them from busting the BCS yet again. Northern Illinois will have to find a way to bounce back offensively in a hurry, however, as they face another tough defensive challenge in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against the Utah State Aggies.

The MAC title game was the first time all season long that NIU failed to score at least 30 points in a game. Combined with a rough day on defense, the Huskies faced a lopsided upset loss at the hands of the Falcons thanks to their physical defense which were able to keep Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch somewhat contained and even forced a pair of interceptions out of the offensive leader of the Huskies’ attack.

They will need to figure out what went wrong in a hurry, though, as Utah State brings a similarly stingy defense to the Poinsettia Bowl. The Aggies rank No. 12 nationally in total defense this season and No. 10 against the run. They have a physical defensive front that helped turn around Utah State’s season after a rough 3-3 start to 2013 that ended up in the Moutain West Conference Championship game in their very first year in the conference.

NIU will be challenged by the Aggies when they square off. If they stumble in the same way they did against Bowling Green, Lynch will leave the Huskies with a disappointing and unsatisfying finale to his collegiate career. Can the Huskies fix what failed them in the MAC title game and come out ahead against Utah State?

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