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RE: Illinois State @ NIU Football
"NIU Head Coach Brock Spack opens the season against his former team"...I can see the headline now...

I'm good with playing the instate FCS programs, I actually like it. Play one every year! I have a brother who went to SIU, and friends who went to the others in state FCS schools, it's great fun to contact them and get stupid on texts and calls about the game. Doesn't mean I don't want us to play U or I or NW, but I think the instate FCS teams are fun to play, and they may draw a bit better than playing an Elon or Cal Poly.

It also keeps the $s in state, not that Illinois needs cash or anything like that....
(This post was last modified: 09-08-2017 08:15 PM by NIU84.)
09-08-2017 08:14 PM
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Our fanbase will complain no matter what day of the week (even if it's a Saturday I'm convinced we wouldn't fill Huskie Stadium and that'd be sad in itself). Let's be honest, a Thursday night game before Labor Day weekend would likely fair better than Friday or Saturday.

Things may have changed since you all were at NIU... but Thursday nights* are the new Friday/Saturday.

*When it's not the middle of November sub-zero weather.
09-08-2017 08:42 PM
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(09-08-2017 08:42 PM)NIUGrad Wrote:  Our fanbase will complain no matter what day of the week (even if it's a Saturday I'm convinced we wouldn't fill Huskie Stadium and that'd be sad in itself). Let's be honest, a Thursday night game before Labor Day weekend would likely fair better than Friday or Saturday.

Things may have changed since you all were at NIU... but Thursday nights* are the new Friday/Saturday.

*When it's not the middle of November sub-zero weather.

I wouldn't expect any FBS fanbase in IL or the country to fill their stadium for honest to god Illinois State
09-08-2017 09:19 PM
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I thought the last ISU game had a great atmosphere. I don't mind playing them from time to time. It's one of the few FCS teams I'd say that about. And look on the bright side...they can try to get back at us for stealing their playbook last time. 03-lmfao
09-13-2017 08:48 PM
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(09-13-2017 08:48 PM)Who You Crappin? Wrote:  I thought the last ISU game had a great atmosphere. I don't mind playing them from time to time. It's one of the few FCS teams I'd say that about. And look on the bright side...they can try to get back at us for stealing their playbook last time. 03-lmfao

Image of Northern's dreamy QB swooping in on the ISU QB's hotass sister in pursuit of the playbook back in early 2000. Funny hair back then.

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09-13-2017 09:28 PM
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Some seasons an FCS just does seem right. Next season is a season where it will be welcomed! The other three games are absolute bears
09-13-2017 09:29 PM
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It's nice to get noticed when playing the big boys but 4 FBS does not make sense. Take the win (hopefully) build on it. Not a big deal in the realm of things from attendance standpoint to strength of schedule.

No reason not to play a state directional school at home every year. Unless NIU is "afraid" and only "have nothing to gain, something to lose" like the B10 schools in IL we love to complain about. 05-stirthepot
09-13-2017 10:23 PM
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(09-13-2017 10:23 PM)randyfensfanclub1 Wrote:  It's nice to get noticed when playing the big boys but 4 FBS does not make sense. Take the win (hopefully) build on it. Not a big deal in the realm of things from attendance standpoint to strength of schedule.

No reason not to play a state directional school at home every year. Unless NIU is "afraid" and only "have nothing to gain, something to lose" like the B10 schools in IL we love to complain about. 05-stirthepot

Completely agree, play one of the FCS from Illinois every year, makes too much sense. The other three can be difficult games.
09-13-2017 10:48 PM
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(09-13-2017 09:29 PM)MaddDawgz02 Wrote:  Some seasons an FCS just does seem right. Next season is a season where it will be welcomed! The other three games are absolute bears

Next year won't have a FCS team so no breaks at all unlesss something changes. Isu is 2019
09-14-2017 12:53 AM
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The 2003 Thursday night win over Maryland was the most electric atmosphere I've seen at Huskie Stadium. The place was full and tons of students attended. Many go home on Labor Day weekend, but that Thursday night game kept them on campus. This game will not be a sellout, yet it should be a terrific atmosphere.

Sure, it would be great to play nothing but P5 teams, but most believe it's too risky to play the Huskies in DeKalb. Enjoy the 2019 and quit complaining. Oh wait, that's what this board is all about.
09-14-2017 01:32 AM
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