Perhaps the feelgood story of the 2011 college football season was the Northern Illinois Husky fans getting the opportunity to escape their regionally cold winter for a few weeks and drive down to Miami to watch their team take on the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. In 2013, the boys from Northern Illinois look to prove that last season was no fluke.
Northern Illinois is a hot team that should certainly feel confident going into their first test of the season Saturday against the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes. Winners of 21 of its last 23 games, the Huskies are returning all five of their offensive line starters from 2012 to protect breakout star quarterback Jordan Lynch.
These same two teams met at the beginning of the 2012 season, resulting in what would be the Huskies’ only regular season loss. The Hawkeyes of Iowa were able shut out the Huskies in the fourth quarter while scoring the final nine points to administer a heartbreaking 18-17 loss.
Revenge will undoubtedly be on the minds of Norther Illinois this Saturday. Though a BCS bowl was obtained last season, the doubters will surely be out in full force trying to discredit them from day one. If the Huskies can beat a Big Ten team in early September, then march into their Mid-American schedule with both confidence and a chip on their shoulder, look for them to be in the talks once again when it comes to divvying out bids to the bowls that pay the big bucks come December.
If all goes according to plan, Norther Illinois fans can plan on pulling out the shorts around New Years Day, again.