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5 things to know about the Northern Illinois Huskies, who are headed back to ...

The Huskies (7-3, 6-0 MAC) clinched their seventh division title in nine years Tuesday night when Western Michigan fell to Ball State 42-41 in overtime.

NIU — which takes on Miami of Ohio in Wednesday’s home finale at Huskie Stadium (7 p.m., ESPNU, WIND-AM 560) — will meet the East champion, likely Buffalo , on Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Sports data website ranks NIU’s slate of at Iowa, home versus Utah, at Florida State and at BYU as the fifth-hardest, behind only UCLA, Michigan, Clemson and Pittsburgh.

But defensive tackle Ben LeRoy of Wilmette blocked the extra-point attempt, and cornerback Jalen McKie grabbed the ball on a bounce and ran it back for a two-point play, three-point swing and 29-26 lead.

Last Wednesday against Toledo , it was All-America defensive end Sutton Smith who blocked a punt with the Huskies leading 10-9 late in the second quarter.

Smith won’t win the Heisman Trophy , but a second straight MAC Defensive Player of the Year award seems possible.

READ MORE (Chicago Tribune)

  • Miami faces stiff challenge against 'best defense in the league'Dayton Daily News
  • Miami vs. Northern Illinois: What you need to know about tonight's gameHamilton Journal News
  • Miami Ohio-Northern Illinois Betting Preview: What Do Huskies Have to Play For?The Action Network
  • Miami-Ohio RedHawks vs. Northern Illinois Huskies, 11/14/18

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