Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at Ohio, NIU coach Jerry Kill said during Monday’s MAC coaches teleconference.
“He got a shoulder knocked down pretty good and we’re just going to have to see,” Kill said. “We’re hoping that he’ll be able to play. He moved around a little bit yesterday and was very sore. We just hope that he’ll be ready to play on Saturday, but we’ll definitely see how the week goes.”
Spann’s final run during this past Thursday’s 26-20 victory against Ball State came on a 6-yard rush on the opening drive of the third quarter. Spann is NIU’s leading rusher with 830 yards and fifth in the nation in scoring with 16 rushing touchdowns and 17 total touchdowns.
Broncos have one goal: Sitting at 5-6, Western Michigan has a week to prepare for a Nov. 24 game against Ball State to close out the season. A win would make the Broncos bowl-eligible, though Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit was realistic about his team’s chances to make it to a bowl game with six victories.
“For us, if you get bowl-eligible, you’ve got a shot,” Cubit said. “It’s going to be a long shot... there are a few more bowls out there, so you never know.”
Looking ahead: Kill provided a scouting report on the Bobcats, who sit second in the MAC East, a game behind Temple.
“Their quarterback (Theo Scott) is very accurate at throwing the deep ball and then with their scheme and the pistol [offense] it’s different,” Kill said. “It’s different than what you see from a day-to-day basis. I think they’re very similar to what Nevada does.
“I think everybody knows how successful they are on offense. It’s just a unique offense to get prepared for. So you’ve got to do a little bit of extra work.”
That makes having an extra two days to prepare because of the midweek schedule a slight blessing for the Huskies.
“I think it’s a benefit but it’s not like you get a week, that’s the only thing,” Kill said. “One or two days helps you a little bit but again they’re very proficient in what they do.”
Special powers?: Toledo coach Tim Beckman, fresh off losing, 56-28, to Central Michigan, said Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour reminded him of some of the quarterbacks he saw in the Big 12 South as Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator like Texas’ Colt McCoy and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.
“They don’t just beat you with their arms or their legs, they beat you with their minds by making plays,” Beckman said.