The Northern Illinois Huskies have the daunting task of heading to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to take on the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes. It will be just the second meeting between the two schools, with the Buckeyes claiming a 35-12 win over NIU in 2006, and the third time the Huskies have played the top-ranked team in the nation.
Quick Game Info
Game time, Date: September 19th, kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (2:30 CST)
Location: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Horseshoe, as it's nicknamed, is the third largest stadium in the NCAA with a capacity of 104,944 and trails only Michigan Stadium (107,601) and Penn State's Beaver Stadium (106,572).
TV: ABC/ESPN2. The game will either be broadcast on ABC or ESPN2 depending on location.
Streaming: You can stream the game on the WatchESPN app or ESPN3.com
Radio: FM 98.9 in DeKalb and AM 560 and WLBK (AM 1360) for Chicagoland.
Odds: NIU is a 34.5 point underdog, with the over/under set at 67. NIU is +8500 on the money line, meaning, should the Huskies win, a $100 bet will net you $8,500. On the flip side, the Buckeyes are -23,000...which means you'd need to bet $23,000 on Ohio State in order to win $100.
Players to Watch
Drew Hare (QB, NIU) - Hare will need to continue to throw the ball well if the Huskies want to have a chance to keep this game close. So far this year he's completed 78.1% of his passes and is averaging just under 360 yards per game.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB, OSU) - Elliott has rushed for over 100 yards in each of Ohio State's previous games, with four TDs. He's an explosive back that is incredibly tough to bring down in the open field.
Braxton Miller (WR/ATH, OSU) - Miller, their former QB, has been playing really well as a receiver and rusher. Miller has 13 rushes for 118 yards and five catches for 95 yards with two total TDs...and the Huskie defense needs to remember he can throw the ball really well too.
Kenny Golladay (WR, NIU) - Golladay has been the Huskies' go-to guy. He is second in the NCAA with 357 receiving yards on 17 catches. Hare will continue to look to him to keep this offense moving and give the defense a chance to rest.
Boomer Mays (LB, NIU) - Mays will have his hands full dealing with both Elliott, Miller, Cardale Jones, and the rest of the Buckeye offense. He, and the rest of the NIU linebackers, are going to need to tackle well and keep runners in front of them if they want to keep the game close.