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Northern Illinois Vs. Ohio Preview: 2011 MAC Championship On The Line Friday Night

The MAC conference title is on the line Friday night at Ford Field, when QB Chandler Harnish and the NIU Huskies take the field against QB Tyler Tettleton and the Ohio Bobcats.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Northern Illinois Huskies (9-3, 7-1) meet the Ohio University Bobcats (9-3, 6-2) at Ford Field on Friday night in the Mid-American Conference Championship game, and all eyes will be on the quarterbacks. Chandler Harnish of NIU and Tyler Tettleton of Ohio are two of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, and Harnish ranks No. 7 nationally in total offense per game (336.9 yds/gm). In fact, no quarterback has rushed for more yards than Harnish this season, as the senior QB has run for 1,351 yards and 11 touchdowns.  

Both quarterbacks are also very good at taking care of the ball, with Harnish sporting a 23/4 touchdown to interception ratio, and Tettleton carrying a 26/7 ratio into the MAC Championship. As a result, these are two fairly exciting offenses that each average over 30 points per game, with NIU averaging 39.6 points and Ohio averaging 31.9 points. If you like offense and high-stakes college football, this might be the game for you.

SB Nation's MAC blog, Hustle Belt, provides a reference sheet for all the conference honors bestowed on players from each school this season:

Game date, time: 6:00 pm CST, Friday, December 2, 2011.

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI

TV channel: ESPN2

Spread: Northern Illinois favored by 3.5

Series history: Series tied 9-9, with Ohio winning the last matchup 38-31 in 2009.

Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend. 

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