The 2013 schedule has been released for the NIU Huskies and it is a doozy.
The official release can be found here.
It's March, which is never too early to start talking about what the NIU and the MAC have in store for next fall.
Remember when the 2003 schedule came out and the Huskies played five out of their first seven games at Huskie stadium putting the Huskies at 7-0 to start the season?
Well this season is the complete opposite of that, starting off with five road trips and only two home games to start the season off.
In 2003 we had 7 home games, last year we had 6 plus a Soldier Field "home game".
In 2013 the Huskies will have only 5 home games. Uh-oh.
Out of conference
First is the friendly revenge game in Iowa City and then the Huskies travel to the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho again (remember 2007?) for no apparent reason. Then a home game against intrastate "rival" Eastern Illinois before the showdown @ Purdue to finish the OOC slate.
@ Kent State to start this off should be an interesting rematch of last year's MAC Championship. A lot of eyes will be on that one early on, especially if the Huskies are somehow undefeated.
Akron at home may be easy the week after, but then the Huskies have to travel to an improving Central Michigan squad who is pretty good at home against us.
UMass on the road is a squash and then we see the...
The last three games will take place on two Wednesdays and a Tuesday to close it out. Ball State will either be on ESPN2 or ESPNU. Toledo and WMU will be on ESPN2.
Ball State at home is interesting and the season will probably come down to Toledo again. This time on the road in the glass bowl of horrors.
Western Michigan at home in the first finale that we will actually care about in a long time thanks to P.J. Fleck taking the lead there.
So, there you have it. It won't be as easy as last year. Or ever. If the Huskies can gain some momentum early, they will certainly have proven themselves on the road against good opponents. The key is the beginning of the season and growing after that stinging Orange Bowl loss.
Huskie fans, let's hear your early predictions for 2013.
2013 NIU Football Schedule
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time|
|08/31/13||at Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||TBA|
|09/14/13||at Idaho||Moscow, Idaho||TBA|
|09/21/13||vs. Eastern Illinois||DeKalb, Ill.||TBA|
|09/28/13||at Purdue||West Lafayette, Ind.||TBA|
|10/05/13||at Kent State *||Kent, Ohio||TBA|
|10/12/13||vs. Akron *||DeKalb, Ill.||TBA|
|10/19/13||at Central Michigan *||Mt. Pleasant, Mich.||TBA|
|10/26/13||vs. Eastern Michigan *||DeKalb, Ill.||TBA|
|11/02/13||at Massachusetts *||Foxborough, Mass.||TBA|
|11/13/13||vs. Ball State *||DeKalb, Ill.||TBA|
|11/20/13||at Toledo *||Toledo, Ohio||7:00 p.m. CT|
|11/26/13||vs. Western Michigan *||DeKalb, Ill.||6:00 p.m. CT|
|12/06/13||vs. Marathon MAC Championship||Detroit, Mich.||7:00 p.m. CT|