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NIU can lose grip on MAC West if it fails to beat Toledo

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) scores touchdown against Ball State during first half an NCAA college football game Wednesday

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) scores a touchdown against Ball State during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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No. 20 Northern
Illinois at Toledo

The facts: 7 p.m., ESPN2, 670-AM.

The records: NIU 10-0, 6-0 MAC; Toledo 7-3. 5-1.

The line: NIU by 2 1⁄2.

Updated: November 19, 2013 11:02PM

DeKALB — Once again, everything comes down to Northern Illinois and Toledo.

Last season, the Huskies clinched the West Division of the Mid-American Conference with a victory against the Rockets at Huskie Stadium. With a win Wednesday at the Glass Bowl, NIU will claim its fourth straight MAC West title. Should the Rockets win, they’ll control their own destiny; a win at Akron in their final game would clinch the division and a MAC championship spot. Toledo would win the division because of the conference strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. The Rockets played, and beat, Bowling Green and Buffalo, the top teams in the MAC East, in their crossover games.

It’s only fitting that the division comes down to these two programs.

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