Sep 01, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) drops back to pass against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
The Northern Illinois Huskies face Army in their third game of the season. Army's defense should be able to keep up with the Huskies' offense, but whether the Huskies' defense can keep up with Army is less certain.
The Northern Illinois Huskies look to improve to a winning record as they face the Army Black Knights on Saturday. Norther Illinois is 1-1 after a narrow loss to Iowa in their season opener, 18-17, and a dominant 35-7 win over Tennessee-Martin. Army is 0-1 so far this season, losing to San Diego State, 42-7.
Junior Jordan Lynch has had an up-and-down start to his first year as the starting quarterback. He had a weak performance in Week 1, going 6-for-16 for a total of 54 yards, but he rebounded in Week 2 with a 19-for-24 214 yard performance. He can also run the ball, racking up 179 yards on 29 carries through the first two games, including a long run of 73 yards and four rushing touchdowns. That makes him the team's leading rusher; junior running back Leighton Settle has 139 yards on 31 carries with no scores.
The Huskies face a defense that can keep up with their offense, as the Army squad is well conditioned and shouldn't fade against the no-huddle offense. The Huskies defense is another question. Army's offense has a fairly strong pace of their own, and it will require Northern Illinois' best effort to not fade late in the game.
Game Time: 12 p.m. ET
Television Coverage: CBS Sports Network
Odds: Northern Illinois favored by three points