The Northern Illinois Huskies will look to take one more step towards the MAC Championship Game when they host the upstart Ball State Cardinals Tuesday night.
Don't count BSU out of the conference race, however. The Cardinals stayed in the conference race with a 33-31 victory over Easter Michigan two weekends ago while the Huskies manhandled Bowling Green 45-14 in week eleven.
Ball State has come out of nowhere this season to be bowl-eligible at 6-3 so far on the season. This performance has been nothing short of remarkable by first-year head coach Pete Lembo. Five of their six wins have been by seven points or less.
The Huskies rebounded from a 2-3 start and have won five in a row, most by blowout. NIU has only lost twice in the past decade at home to Ball State.
Game date, time: 8:00 pm ET, Tuesday, Nov 15
Location: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL
TV channel: ESPNU
Spread: No. Illinois favored by 19.
Series history: Ball State leads, 18-10.
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