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2018 Northern Illinois Huskies football
MAC champion
MAC West Division champion
Boca Raton Bowl, L 13–37 vs. UAB
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2018 record8–6 (6–2 MAC)
Head coachRod Carey (6th full season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Uremovich (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJeff Knowles (1st season)
Home stadiumHuskie Stadium
(Capacity: 23,595)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →

Template:2018 Mid-American Conference football standings The 2018 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies were led by sixth-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois as members of the West Division of Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–6, 6–2 in MAC play to finish as champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the MAC Championship Game where they defeated East Division champion Buffalo to become MAC champions for the first time since 2014. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to UAB.

Previous season Edit

The Huskies finished the 2017 season 8–5, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. The Huskies received an invitation to the Quick Lane Bowl, their 11th bowl game in the previous 14 years. There they lost to Duke 36–14.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[1] Sutton Smith DE JR
Rimington Trophy[2] Luke Shively C SR
Chuck Bednarik Award[3] Sutton Smith DE JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[4] Sutton Smith DE JR
Outland Trophy[5] Max Scharping T SR
Wuerffel Trophy[6] Max Scharping T SR
Ted Hendricks Award[7] Sutton Smith DE JR

Preseason media pollEdit

The MAC released their preseason media poll on July 24, 2018, with the Huskies predicted to finish as champions of the West Division.[8]

West Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Northern Illinois 133 (15)
2 Toledo 125 (7)
3 Western Michigan 87 (1)
4 Eastern Michigan 67
5 Central Michigan 58 (1)
6 Ball State 34

Coaching staffEdit

Name Title Years at NIU
Rod Carey Head Coach 8
Jeff Knowles Def. Coord./LB Coach 6
Mike Uremovich Off. Coord./Asst. Head Coach/TE/FB Coach3
Steve Crutchley WR Coach 2
Craig Harmon QB Coach 7
Melvin Rice CB Coach 4
Joe Tripodi OL Coach/Run Game Coord. 9
Walter StewartDL Coach1
Tyler YelkSafeties Coach1
Jake LandryRB Coach1
Dan Sabock Special Teams Coord. 1

Source:[9][10]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 p.m.at Iowa*BTNL 7–3367,510
September 86:30 p.m.Utah*ESPNewsL 6–1716,762
September 152:30 p.m.Central Michigan
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN+W 24–1612,354
September 223:30 p.m.at Florida State*ESPNUL 19–3765,633
September 295:00 p.m.at Eastern MichiganESPN+W 26–23 3OT14,779
October 63:00 p.m.at Ball StateESPN3W 24–167,159
October 132:30 p.m.Ohio
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN+W 24–2112,138
October 272:30 p.m.at BYU*ESPNUW 7–651,084
November 16:00 p.m.at AkronCBSSNW 36–2616,401
November 77:00 p.m.Toledo
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN2W 38–155,887
November 147:00 p.m.Miami (OH)
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPNUL 7–134,878
November 206:00 p.m.at Western MichiganESPNUL 21–2818,278
November 306:00 p.m.vs. BuffaloESPN2W 30–2910,255
December 186:00 p.m.vs. UAB*ESPNL 13–3722,614
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Source[11][12][13]

Game summariesEdit

at IowaEdit

Northern Illinois at Iowa
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 0 0 0 7 7
Iowa 0 3 14 16 33
Series Record Previous meeting Result
1–8 August 31, 2013 NIU, 30–27

UtahEdit

Utah at Northern Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Utah 0 0 7 10 17
Northern Illinois 3 0 0 3 6
Series Record Previous meeting Result
First meeting

Central MichiganEdit

Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Central Michigan 0 3 7 6 16
Northern Illinois 0 14 7 3 24
Series Record Previous meeting Result
15–17 November 24, 2017 CMU, 31–24

at Florida StateEdit

Northern Illinois at Florida State
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 0 7 6 6 19
Florida State 14 6 3 14 37
Series Record Previous meeting Result
0–1 January 1, 2013 FSU, 31–10

at Eastern MichiganEdit

Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
by Quarter1234

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Total
Northern Illinois 3 10 0 0

<td>7</td>

20
Eastern Michigan 10 0 0 3

<td>7</td>

20
Series Record Previous meeting Result
24–5–2 October 26, 2017 NIU, 30–27

at Ball StateEdit

Northern Illinois at Ball State
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 7 7 7 3 24
Ball State 0 6 3 7 16
Series Record Previous meeting Result
17–18 November 9, 2017 NIU, 63–17

OhioEdit

Ohio at Northern Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio 0 7 14 0 21
Northern Illinois 3 6 0 15 24
  • Location: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Game attendance: 12,138
Series Record Previous meeting Result
11–10 November 24, 2015 OHIO, 26–21

at BYUEdit

Northern Illinois at BYU
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 0 0 7 0 7
BYU 3 0 3 0 6
Series Record Previous meeting Result
First meeting

at AkronEdit

Northern Illinois at Akron
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 7 17 5 7 36
Akron 7 3 16 0 26
Series Record Previous meeting Result
8–5 October 12, 2013 NIU, 27–20

ToledoEdit

Toledo at Northern Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Toledo 3 6 0 6 15
Northern Illinois 7 10 14 7 38
  • Date: November 7, 2018
  • Location: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Game start: 7:05 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 5,887
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), Wind: 6 MPH NNW, Intermitent Showers
  • Referee: Ron Hudson
Series Record Previous meeting Result
14–30 November 2, 2017 TOL, 27–17

Miami (OH)Edit

Miami at Northern Illinois
by Quarter1234 Total
Miami 0 3 10 0 13
Northern Illinois 0 0 7 0 7
  • Location: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 4,878
Series Record Previous meeting Result
9–8 October 17, 2015 NIU, 45–12

at Western MichiganEdit

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 7 0 14 0 21
Western Michigan 7 6 8 7 28
Series Record Previous meeting Result
19–23 November 15, 2018 NIU, 35–31

vs Buffalo (MAC Championship Game)Edit

Northern Illinois vs Buffalo
(MAC Championship Game)
by Quarter1234 Total
Northern Illinois 0 10 7 13 30
Buffalo 7 15 7 0 29
Series Record Previous meeting Result
11–1 October 14, 2017 NIU, 14–13

vs UAB (Boca Raton Bowl)Edit

UAB vs. Northern Illinois
(Boca Raton Bowl)
by Quarter1234 Total
UAB 10 17 10 0 37
Northern Illinois 7 3 3 0 13
Series Record Previous meeting Result
First Meeting


Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 55 Max Scharping OL Houston Texans
6 175 Sutton Smith LB Pittsburgh Steelers

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2018 Watch List | Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best" (in en-US). http://lottimpacttrophy.org/2018-watch-list/.
  2. "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/news/?article_id=100. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. "2018 Bednarik Award Watch List - Maxwell Football Club" (in en-US). Maxwell Football Club. 2018-07-16. https://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/2018-maxwell-bednarik-watch-list/.
  4. "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. http://touchdownclub.com/nagurski-trophy/watch-list/. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2018/outland180724.html. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  6. "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. https://www.wuerffeltrophy.org/news1/wuerffel-trophy-unveils-2018-watch-list. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. "Preseason Watch List - 2018 edition of the Ted Hendricks Award". August 14, 2018. https://tedhendricks.com/2018_WATCH_LIST.pdf. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  8. http://getsomemaction.com/news/2018/7/23/niu-ohio-picked-as-divisional-winners-in-2018-mac-football-media-preseason-poll.aspx
  9. 2017 Football Coaching Staff. Northern Illinois Athletics. Accessed April 16, 2017.
  10. "NIU Football Coaching Staff Set for 2018 - Northern Illinois University" (in en). https://www.niuhuskies.com/news/2018/2/27/niu-football-coaching-staff-set-for-2018.aspx.
  11. "Northern Illinois Huskies (NIU) Football Schedules | Future Schedules" (in en-US). http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa/mid-amer/northern-illinois-huskies.php.
  12. "2018 NIU Huskies Football Schedule" (in en-US). http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-18/2018-northern-illinois-huskies-football-schedule.php.
  13. "NIU Football Set for Five-Game Home Schedule in 2018 - Northern Illinois University" (in en). https://www.niuhuskies.com/news/2018/2/22/niu-football-set-for-five-game-home-schedule-in-2018.aspx.

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