NIU football schedule released
Northern Illinois football's 2014 schedule, which was released Friday afternoon by the Mid-American Conference, once again will feature three midweek games.
The Huskies will visit Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 5, before hosting Toledo on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and visiting Ohio on Tuesday, Nov. 18. All three game times are scheduled for 7 p.m.
NIU closes out the regular season Friday, Nov. 28, at Western Michigan.
NIU opens the season Thursday, Aug. 28 with FCS opponent Presbyterian, one of four nonconference games for the Huskies. NIU will visit Northwestern on Saturday, Sept. 6, head out to Las Vegas on Sept. 13 to take on UNLV and play at Arkansas on Sept. 20.
The Huskies open MAC play Saturday, Oct. 4 against Kent State, and will host its first MAC West game Oct. 11, when they host Central Michigan. On Saturday, Oct. 18, NIU will host Miami (Ohio). NIU closes out the Saturday portion of its schedule Oct. 25 at Eastern Michigan.
Four out of NIU's last five games will be on the road.
"That's going to be hard. It's going to be a challenge," NIU coach Rod Carey said. "There isn't going to be anybody that's going to care if we whine, so we won't whine. We'll just pull up our boots and go to work."
NIU is playing both Miami and Ohio in the regular season for the first time since the 2009 season. The Huskies played at Kent State on Oct. 5 last season, defeating the Golden Flashes, 38-24.
"I think the MAC has a really tough scheduling [job]. You have 13 teams, so it's an unbalanced schedule," Carey said. "I think you get teams, like us, we've got three straight home games and then four out of the last five on the road, that's really not balanced that well. But they have a tough, tough job. And so you take what they give you and you play the games."