Coach: Matt Weckler (0-0, first season at DeKalb)
2012 record: 2-7, 2-3 NI Big 12
Key players: Dre Brown, jr., RB; Jack Sauter, sr., QB; Drew Paszotta, sr., WR/DB
Key losses: Joe Diedrich, OL/DL; Jake Carpenter, WR;
Weckler's take: "It's a building process of what we're going through. That would be a huge accomplishment for us to make the playoffs, especially in the Northern Illinois Big 12. The week-in, week-out competition is just going to be great for us and it's going to be fun."
Our prediction: 5-4
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