June 7, 2012
2012 Football Schedule l 2012 Printable Schedule
DEKALB, Ill. – Five additional Northern Illinois football games have been scheduled for broadcast and the Huskies released four game times Thursday as the Mid-American Conference released its complete 2012 television schedule.
Northern Illinois’ season opener with Iowa on Sept. 1 at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Central Time and will be televised by ESPNU. Soldier Field Showdown III is the first of six games on an ESPN platform.
NIU’s Sept. 22 match up versus Big 12 foe Kansas at Huskie Stadium and the regular-season finale Nov. 23 at Eastern Michigan will either be televised by ESPNU or shown on ESPN3.com pending local television arrangements with kickoff time dependent on which platform televises the game.
The Huskies’ games at Akron (Oct. 20) and Western Michigan (Oct. 27) will be available through the MAC’s syndicated television package produced by ESPN Plus and carried in markets throughout the Midwest and across the nation. Both games will also be available on ESPN GamePlan and on ESPN3.com and will kickoff at 11 a.m. (CT).
The game time for NIU’s home finale versus Toledo on Nov. 14, which was previously announced by the MAC, is set for 8 p.m. and will be shown on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
“Our football program has benefitted greatly from the national exposure we have enjoyed by our association with ESPN through the Mid-American Conference,” said NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. “ESPN’s various platforms allow NIU fans across the country the ability to follow the Huskies.”
Northern Illinois also set game times for four Huskie Stadium home games. The Sept. 8 match up with Tennessee-Martin will kick off at 6 p.m. The Huskies’ Sept. 29 Central Michigan game, the Oct. 13 Homecoming contest versus Buffalo, and the Massachusetts game on Nov. 3 will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
Since 2006, Northern Illinois has made 61 television appearances, with a dozen games televised in 2011. In addition to the Huskies’ six appearances on an ESPN platform, CBS Sports Network will televise the Sept. 15 contest at Army.
After winning its final nine games of the season, including the Mid-American Conference Championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl, NIU takes the nation’s longest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) winning streak into the 2012 season-opener when the Huskies play host to Iowa at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sept. 1. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Northern Illinois 2012 football season tickets are on sale now through the NIU Athletics External Office at 815-753-1923 or online at NIUHuskies.com for just $120 for the full six-game Huskie Stadium season. Mini plans, featuring any three Huskie Stadium games, can be purchased for $60, while NIU’s new HuskieLand Plan tickets provide a ticket to the home opener versus Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 8), the Kansas game (Sept. 22) and the MAC West rivalry game versus Toledo (Nov. 14) along with $45 in gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings, Village Commons Bookstore and HyVee.