No. 18 Kent State vs. No. 19 N. Illinois
Records: Kent State 11-1; Northern Illinois 11-1
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
Line: Northern Illinois by 6
Series record: Northern Illinois leads 16-7
Whats at stake: How about a spot in the Orange Bowl? As crazy as it sounds, the winner of this game could end up in a BCS bowl if it can crack the top 16 of the BCS rankings. Right now Kent State is at No. 17 and Northern Illinois is at No. 21.
Key matchup: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch against Kent States defense. Lynch does everything for the Huskies on offense. Hes thrown for 23 touchdowns and run for 16, and the Golden Flashes will have to keep him under control.
Kent State players
to watch: RBs Dri Archer and Trayion Durham. Archer has rushed for 1,337 yards, Durham for 1,176. Each has 14 touchdowns, and their success allows quarterback Spencer Keith to be more of a facilitator. Archer also excels as a kick returner.
Northern Illinois player to watch: WR Martel Moore is Lynchs top target. He has 67 catches for 1,015 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.