It’s Day 3 of Northern Illinois’ #SchedulePaloozaEncore, and today’s future scheduling announcement is a home-and-home series with the Vanderbilt Commodores for the 2019 and 2022 seasons.
NIU will travel to face Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on September 27, 2019. The Huskies will then host the Commodores at Huskie Stadium in Dekalb on September 17, 2022.
“This is a series that all Huskie fans can get excited about,” NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Fraziersaid. “With the addition of Vanderbilt in 2022, NIU fans will see teams from the SEC, the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac-12, as well as the American and Mountain West, in Huskie Stadium beginning as soon as next season. I’m happy with what we’ve been able to do with the football schedule, but I’m not satisfied. It is a work in progress and the job is never complete as far as I’m concerned.”
NIU, a member of the MAC, and Vanderbilt, a member of the SEC, have met three times previously. The Commodores won 17-16 in Nashville in 1994, 17-7 in Dekalb in 1997, and 34-31 in Nashville in 1999.
The Huskies now have three non-conference games scheduled for the 2019 season and two for 2022. In 2019, NIU is scheduled to visit Utah and Nebraska, while in 2022 they visit Tulsa.
On Wednesday, NIU announced a future series against Tulsa (2022-23) after adding San Diego State (2016-17), BYU (2018/20), Utah (2018-19), and Maryland (2020-21) in August and Boston College (2015 & 2016 or 2017) earlier this month.
Northern Illinois is the first announced non-conference opponent for Vanderbilt for both the 2019 and 2022 seasons.