6:00 pm CST.
Announcers: Anish Shroff (Play-by-Play), Kelly Stouffer (Analyst); Cara Capuano (Sidelines)
Livestreaming: ESPN3/WatchESPN (no notes of blackout at this time)
The usual. Chuck Barrett and Keith Jackson will call the game.
On satellite radio, the game will be on channel 126 on Sirius and on XM 205.
Arkansas is currently a (13.5) point favorite over the Huskies. We at the Eastern branch of Arkansas Fight are just praying we avoid the "celebration hang-over" / "looking ahead to A&M" game here. If Arkansas comes out on a mission to run. the. damn. ball. again on Saturday, we like the cover for the good guys. The Over/Under of (65) will be entirely up to NIU's ability to score. If our defense holds well, take the Hogs and the Under.
As of Friday morning, we're looking at a high of 78 at kickoff at DWRRS with 0% chance of rain for the game. Should be a perfect evening for good ole' American football.
Hog fans... Are you ready for some MACtion?!?!
This NIU team is not the same team that Jordan Lynch lead to the Orange bowl in 2012 and a 12-2 record last season. However, this is not a team to be taken lightly.
MAC teams have built a reputation off of stealing wins and this NIU team has done it already this season beating a (not so great) Northwestern team in their place. NIU QB Drew Hare is a dual threat who has 0 turnovers this season as the starter. He will be a test for our linebacker corps and this team who has struggled making tackles. NIU matches up well as a team who likes to run (ranking No. 8 nationally in rushing offense) and doesn't like to give up the run (ranking No. 13 nationally in rushing defense).
While I thoroughly enjoyed Bert-ball running ALL OVER Kliffy last week, I fully expect a much more balanced attack against the Huskies. Arkansas' defense is the key to this game. If we play as well as we did last week on that side of the ball, expect another win for the good guys.