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The Northern Illinois 2018 Football Schedule Just Got a Whole Lot Tougher

Instead of hosting Idaho, they are headed to Tallahassee.

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According to FBSchedules.com, the Northern Illinois Huskies are set to travel to Tallahassee and take on the Florida State Seminoles on September 22, 2018. Their previously scheduled game hosting Idaho has been moved to 2023.

The only time these two teams have faced each other, it was the 2013 Orange Bowl. As most of us remember, the Huskies dropped that one, 31-10.

The game was also a sort of catalyst for greener pastures for the Seminoles, who had slipped a bit after dominating most of the 80s and 90s.

2012 was coach Jimbo Fisher’s third season, and with the Orange Bowl win, they finished in the top 10 for the first time in a decade. That momentum helped propel them to a national championship the following season.

The Huskies had 1.6 million reasons to take the game. Generally, I am all for scheduling the toughest contests you can, but the 2018 non-conference schedule was already brutal.

They travel across the country to play BYU, Iowa, and now Florida State. Their home game is against Utah. With that kind of lineup, it’s possible the Huskies could drop a game and still get a New Year's Six bowl, which isn’t something I am going to write too often when discussing a MAC squad.