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
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