It's time for a quick lookahead at our next opponent: The Purdue Boilermakers. Here are the big stories going in to this one:
Northern Illinois is favored by 3.5 points on the road to a Big 10 school
The last time a MAC school was favored on the road was...
NIU is first MAC team to be favored on road vs. a Big Ten team since '03, when Miami was a 3-pt favorite at Northwestern. Redhawks won 44-14
NIU is first MAC team to be favored on road vs. a Big Ten team since '03, when Miami was a 3-pt favorite at Northwestern. Redhawks won 44-14— HuskieWire (@HuskieWire) September 23, 2013
A MAC team hasn't beaten two Big 10 teams in one season since...
Rewritten: No MAC team has ever beaten two Big Ten teams in regular season, let alone on the road. 2003 BG won @ Purdue, beat NW in bowl.
Rewritten: No MAC team has ever beaten two Big Ten teams in regular season, let alone on the road. 2003 BG won @ Purdue, beat NW in bowl.— HuskieWire (@HuskieWire) September 24, 2013
NIU is 1-0 against the Purdue Boilermakers with that win coming in a recent 28-21 victory in 2009.
That was 2 coaches ago in Coach Kill and the Huskies came through with the victory after a crazy fake punt towards the end of the game to seal the victory for the Huskies by Justin Anderson. On their own 16 yard line nonetheless!
Here is the RABA coverage from that game:
Hazell seeks revenge
New Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell knows a thing or two about this Huskie offense. He faced them as head coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes just last season in the MAC Championship game. I am sure he is still upset his Flashes didn't get that Orange Bowl spot that the Huskies attained by beating them. Purdue is a big rebuilding project but I'm sure Hazell will have some sort of an edge while preparing for this NIU squad.