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NIU

NIU to open with Buffalo Nov. 4, first two at home

NIU fans brave the cold to cheer on their team against the Toledo Rockets in DeKalb Nov. 7.
NIU fans brave the cold to cheer on their team against the Toledo Rockets in DeKalb Nov. 7.

The NIU football team will open its season against Buffalo on Nov. 4, the first of three straight Wednesday games to start the abbreviated six-game regular season.

The team will then host Central Michigan on Nov. 11.

“We open with Buffalo, one of the best teams in the MAC with a great running back and they’re going to have our undivided attention and our focus as we prepare,” second-year head coach Thomas Hammock said.

The final Wednesday game of the year will be Nov. 18 at Ball State, then games shift to Saturday on Nov. 28 when NIU travels to Western Michigan. The Huskies close out their home slate with Toledo on Dec. 5. A trip to Eastern Michigan on Dec. 12 closes the regular season.

NIU and Buffalo last played in 2018, with the Huskies coming back from down 29-10 in the third quarter for a 30-29 win in the MAC Championship Game.

This year's MAC title tilt will be Dec. 18 in Detroit.

“As coaches, we like to plan months ahead, so It feels great to know who you’re preparing for,” Hammock said. “We know the outline, the layout and when we’ll have a longer week as opposed to a shorter week. We’re excited about the schedule. It’s very fair, very challenging and very competitive. We know that we have to be ready to play each and every week if we are going to be successful."

The Huksies went 5-7 last year and 4-4 in the MAC.

With fans inside Huskie Stadium limited to immediate family of student-athletes for the three home games, NIU will not sell tickets or be able to accommodate season ticket members at Huskie Stadium in 2020. Individuals who purchased season tickets earlier this year and who have not yet contacted the NIU Athletic Ticket Office to provide direction for those funds have until Nov. 1 to do so.

While most fans will not be allowed to cheer on the Huskies in person this year, there will be a chance for NIU fans to be represented in Huskie Stadium in 2020 by purchasing a life-sized cardboard cutout of themselves, a family member or fellow Huskie fan that will be positioned in the stands. More information on the cardboard cutout program, along with a website where fans can upload photos and make the order, will be online soon.

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