NIU and San Diego State will meet in DeKalb in 2016 and will play in San Diego in 2017. The Aztecs will become just the second active Mountain West Conference team to play in Huskie Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016. On Sept. 30, 2017, NIU will return to the city of San Diego to play a football game for the third time; the Huskies played in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2006 and 2013.
Frazier said the series with San Diego State meets the Huskies’ scheduling goals of bringing quality opponents to Huskie Stadium and taking on teams from the Group of Five and Power Five leagues on a home-and-home basis.
“Going forward, the College Football Playoff Committee will be evaluating Group of Five match-ups like this,” Frazier said. “San Diego State is the type of successful program we want to have on the schedule, and it’s exciting to bring a Mountain West Conference team to Huskie Stadium for the first time.”
San Diego State has made four straight bowl appearances and is the only non-Power 5 league to have multiple players selected in the NFL Draft in four consecutive seasons. The Aztecs defeated Buffalo, 49-24, in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. SDSU plays its home games in Qualcomm Stadium.
NIU and San Diego State last played in 1971, with all four of the previous meetings held between 1967 and 1971. SDSU owns a 4-0 lead in the all-time series and has won both games played in Huskie Stadium.
The Huskies have never faced a Mountain West Conference team at Huskie Stadium entering this year. To date, the Huskies have played only two games against a team that was a MWC member at the time of the game with both of those meetings coming in San Diego in the Poinsettia Bowl. NIU will face Mountain West Conference member UNLV in 2014 and 2015. NIU is 5-8 all-time against current members of the league.
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