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Huskie Fans! It's 10 days until Northern Illinois takes on Toledo at Huskie Stadium in a battle for the MAC West crown. To help you count down the days until the big game on Wednesday, November 14, we're revealing our NIU-Toledo Top 10. Every day between now and November 14, we're going to give you one of the "Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Game". It will be detailed here, will be our Facebook "theme" for the day, and will be out there on Twitter. Help spread the word, THIS is THE Huskie game to be at this season!
Tickets for the game against Toledo can be bought in person at the NIU Ticket Office at Entrance 2 of the Convocation Center, purchased online through Ticketmaster or via phone at (800) 745-3000.
Tickets range from $20 to $30. To view a map of Huskie Stadium, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
No. 10 Huskies Own the Nation's Longest Home Winning Streak P.S. - We've Won Nine Games in a Row and 14 Straight in the MAC
We're streaking... WE'RE STREAKING! Northern Illinois has been on a tear in 2012, rattling off nine-straight wins and outscoring its opponents by an average of 40-to-18. Oh, and did we also mention the Huskies own the nation's longest-home winning streak in the country at 20 games, surpassing BCS programs LSU and Wisconsin this season?
For dramatic effect, we'll say it again, Northern Illinois has the nation's longest home winning streak at 20 games. There's no better reason to come to Huskie Stadium on Wednesday, November 14 when the Huskies host their nationally-ranked rival Toledo for the MAC West Championship.
So bring your green hat and see Northern Illinois' streak across Huskie Stadium in the home finale versus the Rockets.
No. 9 Celebrate Senior Day It's the Last Home Game of the Season
November 14th will be your last chance to see Northern Illinois in Huskie Stadium in 2012 when it kicks off against No. 23 Toledo at 8 p.m. On top of that, it's also Senior Day, where fans can recognize this year's seniors for their dedication to the program as they are introduced on the field prior to kickoff.
This year's Senior Day is noteworthy because this year's senior class is NIU's winningest ever with 38 wins over the last four seasons. Why wouldn't you want to support players like Sycamore's Jason Schepler and NFF National Scholar Athlete Nabal Jefferson for their efforts to make NIU great over the years? And don't you want to see one more spectacular catch by Martel Moore?
Not only will NIU football recognize 13 of its seniors on the field, ALL NIU SENIORS ON CAMPUS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN HALFTIME FESTIVITIES BY BEING PART OF THE HALFTIME TUNNEL LEADING OUT TO THE FIELD. (Details on how to sign up coming soon).
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be on the field at Huskie Stadium under the lights on game day and you're a senior on campus, here's your chance. It will be YOUR last chance to watch Northern Illinois take the field this season in DeKalb. It could possibly be your last chance to see the seniors in action, because, like Kramer, after the season ends, you never know where the players are going to be.
No. 8 Did You SEE Last Year's NIU-Toledo Game? We won 63-60
Last year's game at Toledo was ranked the 19th best college football game of 2011 per ESPNU over the summer, surpassing last year's Ohio State-Michigan game, one of the biggest games in college football each season.
Led by Chandler Harnish's sixth passing touchdown of the game to Perez Ashford, the Huskies took the eighth and final lead change with 19 seconds remaining in the contest to gain a 63-60 advantage over the Rockets. However, Toledo made it interesting at the end with time expiring, passing to receiver Bernard Reedy, who lateraled back to former Toledo All-American Eric Page.
Page received the ball on a full sprint at the NIU 45 and worked the ball to around the 24 yard line before being tackled out of bounds by Jimmie Ward with no time on the clock to give the Huskies their due proper and the 63-60 victory.
No. 7 You Can Get on National TV The Game Will be Televised on ESPN2
For the third-straight season, the clash between these two rival schools will be on ESPN2 in primetime. Also in each of the last three seasons, including 2012, the MAC West's road to Detroit has been paved in this series with the Huskies emerging victorious in the last two meetings.
Why wouldn't you want a chance to be on national television, asking mom and dad for money with a clever sign… Or just expressing your utter distaste for the Rockets on TV in front of the nation?
At the end of the day, it's a chance to show your school spirit and your pride for Northern Illinois. NIU has won the most games in the Mid-American Conference over the last 11 seasons with an astounding 87 victories - The best deserve to look like the best!
If you get on TV, you can do something like this:
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. November 14 at Huskie Stadium.
No. 6 This Kind of Blackout is Fun Wear Black
We've done it before and we're doing it again. We're asking all fans to wear black to game and help make this game a blackout in the stands of Huskie Stadium. We had a blackout in the 2010 Toledo game that may just have been a good luck charm, as NIU trampled Toledo, 65-30.
The blackout DOES NOT indicate that the game will be unavailable on ESPN2 to Huskie fans in their national region. It DOES NOT mean that power will be out in DeKalb on game day and not allow the game to be played.
Think of the blackout this way - Wear black to the NIU-Toledo game and Cash in! (wink wink)
No. 5 Because We KNOW You're Missing the Huskies Today You'll Have to Wait 'til Wednesday Night at 8 p.m.
This requires little explanation. Consider this your hall pass to watch other college football teams, other than Northern Illinois.
In the mean time. Don't worry, be happy - we're four sleeps away from Wednesday's showdown with Toledo.
No. 4 Hey NIU Student's - It's Free! Just Swipe Your OneCard at the Gate
Walk to Huskie Stadium. Bring your OneCard. Swipe it at the gate. Get into the game for free. It doesn't get much simpler than that to watch Northern Illinois football as a student.
Round up a party of all your friends on campus and come on out to the stadium.
Besides, everyone likes "free" anything!
Free yourself and come to watch NIU take on Toledo for the MAC West Championship.
No. 3 What Else Are You Gonna Do on a Wednesday Night? Come to the Stadium After Class or Work
Wednesday night's game is the must see event in DeKalb that day, so what else are you going to do? Most classes are over by kickoff, so take a three hour study break at Huskie Stadium.
We know that Halo 4 has consumed many of you over the last week and the anticipation for Call of Duty: Black Ops II release has you on the edge of your seat, but those games will always be there.
The NIU-Toledo game in DeKalb comes but once every two years. Cherish it!
Come hang out with your friends on campus at the football game, rather than playing that annoying 12-year old who talks trash everytime he beats you in multiplayer mode!
And if you are playing your Xbox 360 or PS3, just be conscious of your neighbors please.
No. 2 Heisman Candidate Jordan Lynch Trust Us, This Guy is Good
We're hyping this guy for a reason - the guy is legit. So start believing!
Through 10 games this season, Jordan Lynch has already combined for over 3,500 yards through air and on the ground with 35 touchdowns to boot. In the first half versus UMass, Lynch rushed for 153 yards and extended his NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games at eight.
He is first in the country in points responsible for (210), second in points per game (21), third in country in total offense (3,517 yards) and fourth in yards per game (351.7). Lynch is currently on pace (134.2 yards/game) to break the NCAA record for rushing yards gained by a quarterback in a season held by Michigan's Denard Robinson (1,702 yards).
On top of that, he is also on pace to become ONLY the fourth player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to pass and run for 20-or-more touchdowns in a single season, joining former Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow (2007) and Cam Newton (2010). Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) also joined the elite 20/20 club in 2010.
We will continue to hype this guy 'til the nation begins to understand the special player right here in DeKalb. So don't stop believing!
No.1 C'Mon, It's Toledo… Rivalry! Hello!?!?
Without question, rivalry games are always the most exciting games to watch. Also consider that since 1997, these two teams have combined for eight MAC Championship appearances since 1997 and are competing for the ninth tonight.
Needless to say, it won't take much for players to get up for the game.
I believe it was the late Whitney Houston who popularized "The Greatest Love of All" and sang, "I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way."
We hope that you enjoyed the top-10 over the past week and a half and that you come to the game. Admission is free for all students with a valid OneCard. Tickets are available through TicketMaster or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be live on ESPN2. For good measure, here is one of the "classic covers" of the song.