DETROIT (AP) - Northern Illinois can play its way into a second straight BCS bowl game with a victory in Friday night's Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit. The 12-0 Huskies are 14th in the BCS rankings and will face 9-3 Bowling Green.
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois kicks off its bid for a national championship in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. The Panthers drew a bye in the opening round and will host Tennessee State -- a team they defeated 34-16 in late October.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears will face the Dallas Cowboys Monday without two of their big weapons. Quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs are still too injured to play. It will be Josh McCown's fifth start at quarterback. He's thrown for more than 700 yards over the past two games.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to end their two-game skid Friday night against Anaheim. It's their first game this season against the Ducks, who are third in the NHL's Western Conference with 41 points. Anaheim won all three games against Chicago last season.
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