Football teams prefer to be peaking at the end of the season. For NIU it’s a different story. The Huskies have lost their last two regular season games heading into the MAC Championship game Friday night against Buffalo.
The Huskies lost at home to Miami, Ohio and on the road at Western Michigan the last two weeks.
Head coach Rod Carey says his guys didn’t lose their edge by clinching the MAC West with two weeks remaining. They were simply out of gas. He believes the little break they had over the past week should revive them for Friday night.
“I don’t think we let down in any way. I think we didn’t execute at key times with good teams,” says Carey. “Guys the last four games was a grind. I mean, a five day, a six day, a seven day and a six day (stretch between games). Guys were giving us everything they had. I don’t know that we had much left in the tank.”
Linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis has a message for NIU fans who are concerned that the Huskies are tailing off. “I will say to the fans just believe in the Huskies and we’re going to go to Detroit and handle business.”