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Lookahead to Purdue: NIU Huskies favored by 3.5 points on the road

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Northern Illinois Huskies are favored on the road by 3.5 points against the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend.

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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

We're not joking about this.

The last time a MAC school was favored on the road was...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>NIU is first MAC team to be favored on road vs. a Big Ten team since &#39;03, when Miami was a 3-pt favorite at Northwestern. Redhawks won 44-14</p>&mdash; HuskieWire (@HuskieWire) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuskieWire/statuses/382172644746866690">September 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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A MAC team hasn't beaten two Big 10 teams in one season since...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>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.</p>&mdash; HuskieWire (@HuskieWire) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuskieWire/statuses/382329569669177344">September 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Challenge accepted.

Series history

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!

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Here is the RABA coverage from that game:

Purdon't get me started on this Ralph guy

Northern Illinois dominates Purdue in 28-21 victory

My Two Cents: Purdue

The Boilermakers enter the Boneyard

Huskies need to be humbled by Purdue win

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.