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NIU News: Recapping Akron, looking ahead to CMU

News and notes for the Northern Illinois Huskies about recapping Akron, a new MAC Bowl game and looking at Central Michigan.

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Today we've we've got articles wrapping up the Akron homecoming game, the MAC has a new bowl game and the weekly press conference for Central Michigan. More of a breakdown on that later in the day.

Huskie Wire | Stingily carrying the backfield for NIU football

Huskie Wire | NIU football notes: Harris Jr. out for the season

NIU Looks for Pleasant Outcome at CMU - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes - Oct. 15, 2013 - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

Patience paying off for walk-on Spencer - Northern Star Online: Sports
Redshirt junior runningback James Spencer has waited more than three years to see regular play for the football team.

Saftey duo make big plays for football - Northern Star Online: News
Coach Rod Carey said the secondary was going to be the strength of the Huskies’ defense at the beginning of the 2013 football

NCAA College Football Preview - Northern Illinois Huskies at Central Michigan Chippewas - Oct 19, 2013 -
If Northern Illinois is to extend two of the nation's top winning streaks, it must find a way to end its recent road struggles against Central Michigan.

Wedel jack of all trades for football - Northern Star Online: Sports
Handling kickoff, punt and field goal duties is nothing new for junior punter and kicker Tyler Wedel.

Bowl math: How NIU will get back to a BCS game - Northern Star Online: Sports
Last season, football defied the odds when it made its first ever BCS Bowl game appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl. With the No. 23 Huskies ranked in both major polls and undefeated after their first six games of the season, it is not farfetched to think they might crash the BCS again.

Northern Illinois football: Safety Jimmie Ward has been big-play man for Huskies defense -
Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward has five interceptions in six games, a big part of the Huskies' plus-seven turnover margin that has helped offset the defense's 10th-place ranking in the MAC.

Akron fallout

2013 Bowl Projections Week 8: Northern Illinois Projected To Win Out, Crash Fiesta Bowl - Hustle Belt
The latest bowl projections are in, and after starting the season 6-0, the Northern Illinois Huskies are now projected to win out and once again bust the BCS' bubble.

Mid-American Conference Announces Creation of Bahamas Bowl - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site
The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site, partner of College Network. The most comprehensive coverage of the Northern Illinois Huskies on the web with highlights, scores, game summaries, and rosters.

Huskie Wire | NIU holds on

Huskies take down Zips in Homecoming - Northern Star Online: Sports
In front of a capacity crowd at Huskie Stadium, No. 23 NIU football came away with a 27-20 victory in its Homecoming matchup with Akron on Saturday.

Defense stands tall for football - Northern Star Online: News
On a day where football’s (6-0, 2-0 MAC) offense was hit-and-miss, the defense put forth a solid effort and held down the fort late Saturday for a 27-20 win at Huskie Stadium against the Akron Zips (1-6, 0-3).

College Football Rankings Week 8: Northern Illinois Remains No. 23 In AP And Coaches Poll - Hustle Belt
The Huskies stand pat in the rankings after struggling in their win over Akron.

NIU football: Akron throws scare into No. 23 NIU -
Huskies are off their game on offense as 1-6 Zips hang tough before falling 27-20Huskie Wire | Jacobson: Not at its best, NIU still good enough for another win

Northern Illinois Football 2013: Akron at No. 23 NIU Postgame Notes - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

NORTHERN ILLINOIS-AKRON QUOTES - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

Northern Illinois-Akron Quotes - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

Defense Leads Huskies to Homecoming Victory Over Akron - NIUHUSKIES.COM - The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

Huskie Wire | NIU Notes: Huskies struggle on third down

Akron Zips vs. Northern Illinois Huskies - Recap - October 12, 2013 - ESPN Chicago
NCAA College Football Recap

Huskie Wire | NIU holds off Akron, 27-20, to remain undefeated

Huskie Wire | MAC Notebook: Bahamas Bowl gives league 5 primary agreements