Big 12 football: Kansas has Northern Illinois on upset alert

by Berry Tramel Published: September 21, 2012
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The Charlie Weis era at Kansas is not off to a great start. The 1-2 Jayhawks lost at home to Rice, and now KU is a 9 1/2-point underdog at Northern Illinois.


The Mid-American Conference is its usual pesky self. Ohio won at Penn State and Ball State beat Indiana. Northern Illinois lost 18-17 to Iowa in Chicago. Toledo took Arizona to overtime in the desert before losing 24-17.

But there is great pressure on MAC teams to produce when they have a chance to win, such as last year in Lawrence, when Kansas beat Northern Illinois 45-42.

KU played tough last week, losing 20-6 at home to Texas Christian. At Northern Illinois, let's go with Kansas in the upset.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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