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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