Northern Illinois Announces 2010 Football Schedule
March 1, 2010
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois football Huskies will face four 2009 bowl teams, meet in-state foe Illinois for the first time since 2001, and play host to Mid-American Conference rival Toledo in an ESPN2 nationally-televised game, highlighting the Huskies' 2010 football schedule announced Monday by NIU and the league office.
Northern Illinois added MAC East foes Akron, Temple and Buffalo to its traditional MAC West line-up and a rugged non-conference slate that includes September road games at Iowa State, Illinois and Minnesota.
Northern Illinois will open the season with a non-Big Ten Conference opponent for the first time since 2004 when they travel to Ames, Iowa for a Thursday, Sept. 2 match-up against the Cyclones, the fourth-meeting all-time between the schools. NIU opens its home schedule Saturday, Sept. 11 against North Dakota as the Huskies and Fighting Sioux will play for just the second time ever and the first time since 1965.
The Huskies will play consecutive road games at Big Ten foes Illinois (Sept. 18) and Minnesota (Sept. 25), and open their MAC campaign at Akron (Oct. 2), before contests versus Temple (Oct. 9) and Buffalo (Oct. 16) kick off a string of three straight home games. The homestand concludes with a match-up versus MAC defending champion Central Michigan on Oct. 23.
NIU plays at Western Michigan (Oct. 30) to close out October and takes on Toledo on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2, marking the eighth straight season that at least one Huskie game will be seen on national television. That game will kickoff at 6 p.m. (Central) from Huskie Stadium and mark Northern Illinois' final home game of 2010.
Games at Ball State on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 26 - the day after Thanksgiving - close out the 2010 regular season. The EMU game will be seen on either ESPNU or ESPN360.com.
Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill said the Huskies will look forward to the many challenges presented in the 2010 schedule.
"Scheduling is a difficult process and a lot of things go into it," said Kill, who enters his third year at Northern Illinois in 2010. "As a coaching staff and a team, we play who is on the schedule. You'd like not to play four of the first five on the road, but we're looking forward to the first game at Iowa State and that's what we're concentrating on.
"There's no question the MAC will be extremely competitive again in 2010. People like to focus on the non-conference schedule, and those games in the first month of the season are important and will present a big challenge for our team, but our goal every year is to win our league."
Season tickets for the 2010 five-game home schedule can be ordered now through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center by calling 815-752-6800, or by contacting Ryan Harris in the NIU Marketing Office via e-mail at email@example.com. Season tickets for all five games are just $85 for the general public with a three-game mini-plan available for $50. Senior citizens (62 or older), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) and NIU Alumni Association members as well as Northern Illinois faculty and staff, can purchase season tickets for only $74. Additional information is also available online at www.NIUHuskies.com under the Tickets link.
Additional game times, as well as the Homecoming date and other special game designations, will be announced at a later date.
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