Northern Illinois is having what they termed SchedulePalooza this week, and it will feature a new home-and-home football series announcement each day this week.
Today’s announcement began with three hints, one each posted on their official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account.
Here is their first hint from Twitter followed by my guess:
1st hint: This school has had two different athletes win Olympic Gold Medals in the Long Jump. #SchedulePalooza
— NIU Huskie Athletics (@NIUAthletics) July 29, 2014
— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) July 29, 2014
The guess turned out to be correct as NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier has officially announced the series with the San Diego State Aztecs.
“Going forward, the College Football Playoff Committee will be evaluating Group of Five match-ups like this,” Frazier said. “San Diego State is the type of successful program we want to have on the schedule, and it’s exciting to bring a Mountain West Conference team to Huskie Stadium for the first time.”
In the first game of the series, NIU will host San Diego State at Huskie Stadium in Dekalb on Sept. 17, 2016. The final game will be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sept. 30, 2017.
NIU and SDSU have met four times on the gridiron. The Aztecs defeated the Huskies in two home-and-home series played in 1967-68 and 1970-71.
The Huskies now have two non-conference games scheduled for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. NIU opens the 2016 season at Wyoming and travels to Nebraska in 2017.
NIU is San Diego State’s third announced opponent for 2016 and second for 2017. The Aztecs are slated to host California and New Mexico State in 2016 and travel to Arizona State in 2017.