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NIU-Purdue Preview

The Huskies will try to knock off the Boilermakers Saturday at Purdue.
DEKALB-NIU has knocked off one Big Ten team this season.  Now the Huskies will try to do what no NIU teams has done, beat two Big Ten teams in one season.

The Huskies knocked off the Hawkeyes in Iowa in their season opener. This Saturday it’s on to Purdue to face the Boilermakers.

"It’s going to present every bit of every challenge that you want in a football game," says NIU coach Rod Carey. "We’re gonna have to come out and play well."

Purdue looked good two weeks ago before losing to Notre Dame 31-24.  But the Boilermakers are only 1-3. They were beaten soundly by Cincinnati and last week Wisconsin.  Their lone win came over FCS school Indiana State.  Still Carey makes the Boilermakers sound like a juggernaut.

"They have great running backs. They have a great defensive line. Their defense is really good as a whole. Their offense is good as a whole. They’ve got a fifth year senior at quarterback," says Carey.

But the Vegas oddsmakers are higher on the Huskies. They favor NIU by three and a half points, making this one of the few times NIU has ever been favored to beat a Big Ten team.

"It’s still another game we need to go out and win. We know it’s the next game," says NIU tight end Luke Eakes. "If we’re favored then we’re favored. We’ve just got to still play our game. We can’t look at stats or numbers."

NIU won the last time it played at Purdue in 2009.  None of the current Huskies saw action in that game.

If the Huskies beat Purdue they will have split their last eight games against Big Ten competition.  Saturday’s game will kickoff at 11 o’clock.
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