NIU (9-0, 5-0 MAC) needs to beat Ball State (9-1, 6-0 MAC) to improve its Bowl Championship Series standings. NIU is ranked No. 15, just behind Fresno State, in the fight for a BCS spot for non-automatic qualifier champions.
For faraway fans that can’t make the 7 p.m. game, several watch parties have been scheduled in major cities across the country:
Chicago – Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St.
New York City – Boka, 9 St. Marks Place, between Second and Third Avenue. Visit http://facebook.com/niu.newyork
Washington, D.C. – Ventnor Sports Café, 2411 18th St. NW
Atlanta area – Bedoe’s Bar & Grille, 6115 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 101, Canton, Ga.
Dallas area – Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 14831 Midway Road, Addison, Texas
Local Watch Parties in the Suburbs:
Oakbrook Terrace – Anyway’s Restaurant, 5 E. Roosevelt Road
Gurnee – Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 5572 Grand Ave.
If leaving home isn’t an option, tune in to ESPN2 to watch the live broadcast!