Huskie Stadium -- DeKalb, Ill
It might be a little hard to believe in the moment, but this week’s game between Northern Illinois and Bowling Green is a rematch of the participants in the last three MAC championship games. This is Week 10 of the 2016 season, and the two programs own three wins between them.
If the Northern Illinois Huskies . . .
The preseason MAC East Media favorite has won just one game on the season, edging North Dakota 27-26 in Week Two. That marked one of two times the Falcons have surrendered less than 30 points.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, rolled to a 44-7 win over Buffalo back on Oct. 22. Quarterback Anthony Maddie threw for 199 yards and ran for 125 more. The senior ran for four touchdowns and passed for another. NIU was actually in control by halftime, when it took a 30-7 lead to the locker room.
The Huskies rank sixth in scoring and are third in total offense. Just over 54 percent of their non-kicking offensive plays are runs and NIU ranks second among MAC teams in rushing (229.8 ypg). BGSU is ninth against the run, allowing 219 ypg so far. Maddie ranks eighth in rushing with an average of 77.5 ypg. Kenny Golladay, meanwhile, is second in receptions with 7.0 per contest.
Bowling Green has proven to be a bit more pass-oriented, ranking fifth in pass offense (256.7 ypg) and 10th in rushing (137.0 ypg).
James Morgan, a freshman quarterback, has had his moments – both ways. He has completed 127 of 217 passes (58.5%) with 11 TDs and 11 interceptions.
Turnovers, in fact, have been an issue as the Falcons rank last in turnover margin (-16/2.0 per game). They are also 11th in penalties (66.1 ypg).