4. 3) Nov. 13 – Ball State at Northern Illinois
A mid-November middle-of-the-week night game in the MAC usually is a combination that spells unpredictable. And such will be the case in this one as the Cardinals travel to Huskie Stadium to battle defending conference champion Northern Illinois.
With Ball State’s Keith Wenning and the ever-growing legend of Jordan Lynch at Northern Illinois, this game will not lack good quarterbacks, as these are considered the top two field generals the MAC has to offer. This game could see a boost in importance and excitement if Ball State is able to defeat Toledo earlier in the season, possibly presenting the Cardinals with a chance at sole possession of the MAC West race.
For the Huskies, this game marks the first in a series of three late-season traps. After playing Ball State at home, Northern Illinois will travel to Toledo and then finish the regular season against up-and-coming Western Michigan. If the Huskies win all three, they will be deserving of what would be the team's fourth consecutive appearance in the MAC championship game.
Ball State may be one of the only offenses that can match the firepower of Northern Illinois, but this game will come down to who makes a timely play or two in a critical spot.