Two things have become crystal clear about the Northern Illinois football team after losses to Iowa and Utah to start the season.
Thing No. 1: Marcus Childers isn’t the best Power 5 conference quarterback.
Thing No. 2: The NIU defense is a very good Power 5 defense.
The good news on both fronts is that the Huskies start Mid-American Conference play Saturday afternoon at home against Central Michigan.
After NIU held Utah to 17 points last week, the expectation is for defensive end Sutton Smith and the defense to be even more dominant against a Group of 5 team from its own conference. They have given up three first-half points this season and have been as good as advertised. Smith had 4.5 tackles for a loss against Utah, and every NIU defensive end who played recorded at least one sack.