College Football Week 14: #19 Northern Illinois Vs. #18 Kent State
|Northern Illinois already has it's third straight 11-win season; it's second under Dave Doeren. A win here not only earns the Huskies back-to-back MAC titles, but possibly a spot in a BCS bowl.||Coaching||Darrell Hazell has taken a team that last finished better than .500 in 2001 and turned it into an 11-game winner in just his second year. A win here and, with a little help, his team could very well get an automatic BCS bowl bid. Regardless, Kent State is going bowling for the first time since 1972.|
|NIU is pushing Jordan Lynch as an outside-the-box Heisman candidate. He can beat you with his arm (23 touchdowns and just four picks) and his legs (16 rushing scores).||Offense||The Golden Flashes have two 1,000-yard rushers, including the electrifying Dri Archer, and they take care of the ball.|
|The Huskies are 15th in yards per play and gave up just 64 yards to Kent State last season.||Defense||The defense is below-average as far as yardage, but makes up for it with takeaways: their 35 are second best in the country.|
|NIU took a kickoff 93 yards for a score last week. Other than their punting, they have been very good on special teams.||Special Teams||Kent State ranks sixth in special teams according to Football Outsiders.|
We'll just call it a tie
More Tales of the tape
NCAA Championship Game: #1 Louisville Vs. #4 Michigan
Rick Pitino has been here before, after making his 7th Final Four appearance, he’s now in his third go-round in the title game. He’s got plenty of experience on the big stage and he has the Cardinals playing high level basketball at the right time.
NCAA Tournament Championship Weekend: #4 Michigan Vs. #4 Syracuse
No. 4 Michigan and No. 4 Syracuse square off in Atlanta this weekend with the winner getting a shot to play for the National Title.
NCAA Tournament Championship Weekend: #1 Louisville Vs. #9 Wichita State
Rick Pitino and No. 1 Louisville take on No. 9 Wichita State in Atlanta this weekend for a shot to play in the National Title game on Monday.