NIU Huskies GameDay: Western Michigan Broncos

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Game Day Information for the Northern Illinois Huskies vs. the Western Michigan Broncos

  • Northern Illinois Huskies (7-1, 4-0) @ the Western Michigan Broncos (3-5, 1-3)
  • Gametime: Saturday, October 27th, 2012, 11 AM CST Kickoff
  • TV: ESPN Regional (WPWR My 50, WTVO ABC 17) and ESPN3.com
  • Line: Huskies are 7 point road favorites
  • Weather: 46 with a chance of rain
  • Location: Waldo Stadium (where is it?), Kalamazoo, MI (30,200)

Storylines

No Alex Carder.

He who was supposed to be the best QB in the conference coming in is not going to play in the NIU game this weekend. He injured his throwing hand against Connecticut, a game in which the Broncos won 30-24. You can read about his injury here. He had a pin in his hand and has been doing laser treatment. Who knows when the heck he'll be back.

It's always tough at the "Zoo"

No matter what, games at Waldo Field are always tough.

In 2010, Chandler Harnish had to put together a game-winning drive at the end to pull ahead and win that game 28-21. That was the one where WMU drove to the NIU 16 and Jake Coffman intercepted the ball at the end to seal the victory.

In 2008, Harnish went down early and the Broncos put together 15 points in the 4th quarter to seal the 29-26 victory when our only QBs left were Dan Nicholson and DeMarcus Grady.

In 2006, WMU essentially shut down Garrett Wolfe and any title hopes holding him to 25 yds on 18 carries in a 16-14 victory.

From Doeren's press conference:

"Over time, this has been a game that Western has gotten the better of NIU. We know that they own the series 23-14. They're a very good home team. They're 3-1 at home this year, and they've beaten NIU 13 of the last 19 times up there.

Bill Cubit still lives

I thought this guy would have been fired a long time ago, but he is still at Western Michigan chugging along. WMU has never won a bowl game and their last conference title was in 1988. If they lose to NIU they are in danger of not becoming bowl eligible. Will he coach another year at WMU? Probably.

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