|MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Ford Field - Detroit, MI|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+1||2-1||1-2||47.7||23.3||540.3||(7.4)||1.3||10.3||7.0||296.7||(4.1)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||40.5||20.4||23.7||26:53||44-245||(5.6)||18-28||63.0%||238||(8.5)||72-483||(6.7)||(11.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||32||16.3||22.3||30:03||41-199||(4.9)||19-31||61.5%||234||(7.6)||71-433||(6.1)||(13.5)|
|Offense Road Games||37.8||19.5||21.2||25:04||40-227||(5.6)||16-26||61.7%||210||(8.2)||66-437||(6.6)||(11.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||17.5||9.7||22.7||33:04||42-145||(3.4)||20-36||56.0%||220||(6.1)||78-365||(4.6)||(20.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.7||11.8||21.3||30:01||40-174||(4.4)||19-33||56.8%||214||(6.5)||73-388||(5.4)||(16.4)|
|Defense Road Games||21.5||12.7||23.5||34:49||46-174||(3.8)||20-35||58.0%||199||(5.6)||81-373||(4.6)||(17.4)|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.4||3-0||2-1||35.7||22.0||449.3||(7.4)||2.3||20.7||8.7||419.3||(5.5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||34.4||17.8||19.0||31:10||42-241||(5.7)||14-24||57.6%||161||(6.7)||66-402||(6.1)||(11.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||30.1||15.8||20.8||30:55||39-179||(4.6)||18-30||59.7%||219||(7.3)||69-399||(5.8)||(13.3)|
|Offense Road Games||31.9||16.3||20.1||33:58||46-283||(6.1)||14-23||59.3%||142||(6.1)||69-425||(6.1)||(13.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.5||10.1||21.6||28:36||34-128||(3.7)||23-38||60.6%||282||(7.4)||72-410||(5.7)||(17.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.8||12.2||21.1||30:57||39-169||(4.4)||19-33||58.4%||218||(6.5)||72-387||(5.4)||(15.6)|
|Defense Road Games||23.4||8.7||19.9||26:02||32-139||(4.3)||20-35||57.0%||259||(7.5)||67-398||(5.9)||(17)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: N ILLINOIS 20.2, KENT ST 22.1|
|10/6/2012||@ BALL ST||35-23||W||-3||W||65||U||52-314||16-23-195||2||29-129||42-71-434||3|
|10/27/2012||@ W MICHIGAN||48-34||W||-7.5||W||58.5||O||40-179||18-28-274||0||38-156||32-51-333||1|
|11/23/2012||@ E MICHIGAN||49-7||W||-20.5||W||60||U||39-242||17-27-173||0||37-94||12-24-133||1|
|11/30/2012||*KENT ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/6/2012||@ E MICHIGAN||41-14||W||-3||W||47||O||57-321||14-24-146||1||21-107||9-17-93||2|
|11/10/2012||@ MIAMI OHIO||48-32||W||-6.5||W||57||O||48-399||10-16-147||2||16-26||37-50-455||2|
|11/17/2012||@ BOWLING GREEN||31-24||W||3||W||46.5||O||42-334||9-17-91||3||31-83||22-44-355||3|
|11/30/2012||*N ILLINOIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|N ILLINOIS: Northern Illinois had a high-flying offense last season that revolved around QB Chandler Harnish, but Harnish is no longer around. Now it's QB Jordan Lynch's turn to run an offense that will be tailored to fit his play style as a running quarterback. Junior RB Akeem Daniels (303 rush yds, 3 TD) is looking to step in and be the next great Huskies rusher after seeing only limited playing time in 2011. Daniels will be up for the challenge as he is also going to be a pass-catching option for Lynch, who can dump the ball off to Daniels if he can't find his No. 1 WR Martel Moore (747 rec yds, 7 TD). Northern Illinois is, however, only returning one starter from its offensive line, which doesn't bode well for this offense. The Huskies' defense was banged up last year, but these injured players will all be back and ready to go this year. Last season they struggled against the run, but if they can stay healthy they may be able to overcome their inexperience on the defensive line with the talent of players like DE Alan Baxter (4.5 sacks) and a great group of linebackers. |
|KENT ST: The Golden Flashes will have no problem defending teams this season, but then again that wasn't their problem last season when they posted a losing record yet again. It's been over 10 years since Kent State posted a winning record and it will again be up to the offense to help them do that. QB Spencer Keith must take care of the ball and finally get an offense moving that struggles to put points on the board. RB Trayion Durham turned some heads this spring when he showed up 15 pounds lighter than he was a year ago. They'll need contributions from him and WR Tyshon Goode if they are going to come anywhere close to matching the production of their defense. The defense gets back its leading tackler, Luke Batton (102 tackles), its leading pass rusher, Jake Dooley (5 sacks) and its best pass defender, S Luke Wollet (4 INT). |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NORTHN ILLINOIS-KENT ST) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*N. Illinois-Kent St. Preview* ==============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
No. 21 Northern Illinois (11-1) at No. 17 Kent State (11-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Kent State and Northern Illinois each are enjoying record-breaking seasons after running the table in the Mid-American Conference.
There may be much more on the line than just the MAC championship when the 18th-ranked Golden Flashes face the No. 19 Huskies on Friday night at Ford Field.
The champions of the so-called major conferences - Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC - receive automatic bids to a BCS game, and the remaining at-large invitations are normally given to members of those leagues.
The winner of Friday's MAC title game, though, could be an exception. If a champion from the mid-major conferences is ranked in the top 16 and above a champion from an automatic-qualifying conference in the final BCS standings, the mid-major champ receives an automatic BCS bid.
The MAC is among that group, and the Big East currently isn't represented in the BCS rankings.
Kent State (11-1, 8-0) enters Friday's showdown ranked 17th in the BCS, with Northern Illinois (11-1, 8-0) ranked 21st.
Golden Flashes coach Darrell Hazell refuses to let himself or his players get ahead of themselves, though.
"I won't talk about that at all," Hazell said when asked about the BCS. "I'll talk about Northern Illinois, that's the most important thing. If our guys don't focus on this game Friday then we have no opportunity to play in some of those big games.
"This is a huge, huge game for this university. There's going to be two good football teams on the field and it's going to be one of those games that comes down to the last few minutes."
No matter Friday's outcome, Kent State, which possesses two 1,000-yard rushers in Dri Archer (1,373) and Trayion Durham (1,199), is guaranteed to play in its first postseason game since the 1972 Tangerine Bowl after the best regular-season in school history concluded with a 28-6 win over Ohio on Saturday.
Northern Illinois also has set a school record for victories and will be seeking its second straight MAC title behind coach Dave Doeren. It has won 16 consecutive conference games and is appearing in a third straight MAC championship, splitting the last two after scoring 23 unanswered second-half points to beat Ohio 23-20 in 2011.
"It means a lot to be a part of history," Doeren said. "Anytime you do something that has never been done, that's pretty special."
Jordan Lynch, who is being advertised by the school as a Heisman Trophy candidate, set an FBS record for a quarterback by rushing for at least 100 yards in 10 consecutive games.
He's one of the country's top dual-threats, throwing 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions while running for another 16 scores. He has a 400-yard passing game to go along with a 200-yard rushing game to his credit.
Lynch, who ranks third in FBS averaging 363.4 yards of total offense, said he's up for the challenge of facing Kent State, which ranks second in the MAC allowing 129.3 rushing yards per game.
The Huskies averaged a conference-best 245.0 yards on the ground, with the Flashes close behind at 241.5.
"We're excited," Lynch said. "We love the spotlight and the game is going to give us a chance to show what we can do."
Possessing a high-powered offense hasn't made Doeren lose sight of his defense, which ranked third in the MAC giving up an average of 364.8 yards.
"I read a story saying teams that run spread offenses don't have very good defenses," said Doeren, whose team held Eastern Michigan to 227 total yards in Saturday's 49-7 victory. "I wish they would've called me for that story. We've been a very good defensive team this year."
The Huskies held the Flashes to 64 total yards in last season's 40-10 win Oct. 8, 2011, their fifth straight victory in the series. That Kent State team, though, finished only 5-7 - a far cry from this season's success.
"We knew we could do something special," linebacker C.J. Malauulu said. "This is the season we all wanted."
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