NIU looks to keep rolling on CSN against Buffalo

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NIU looks to keep rolling on CSN against Buffalo

Northern Illinois is two points away from being 6-0 heading into their Homecoming game against Buffalo on Saturday (2:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet). A one-point loss to Iowa at Soldier Field to begin the season is the only blemish on NIUs record, and it may be the only thing keeping NIU from running the table this year against a schedule that looks favorable the rest of the way.

Dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch has thrown for 1,255 yards and nine touchdowns, but hes done just as much damage on the ground. Only four FBS players have more rushing yards than Lynch heading into the week, and no quarterback has ran for more yards than him (that means Ohio States Braxton Miller and Michigans Denard Robinson).

Buffalo comes to DeKalb at 1-4, with their only win over FCS-level Morgan State. The Bulls, though, did hang with Georgia between the hedges a little longer than expected and lost games against UConn and MAC juggernaut Ohio by a touchdown apiece.

Theres a pretty clear road for NIU to reach the MAC Championship and get a shot at Ohio, with the key being Nov. 14s contest against Toledo in DeKalb.

But to get to that point, NIU has to get by Buffalo first.

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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White Sox agree to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos

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Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

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Increased velocity has improved Anthony Swarzak's chances of making White Sox bullpen

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa