Northern Illinois At Purdue 2013 GameThread

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Boilers host Northern Illinois for Homecoming 2013. Talk about it live here.

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I am headed to West Lafayette today in search of pleasant surprises. We are the embarrassing home underdog to a MAC team, but a win over a Northern Illinois team that is very good would actually be a very big step for the program. I think NIU is a better team than the Cincinnati one that drilled Purdue to start the season, so it would be a step forward in that regard.

Purdue also needs this victory going into the bye week. I have a good feeling about today. I will be in section 127 in my regular seats for the first time this season hoping that good feeling plays out.

Also, the good luck charm is there. Purdue is 1-0 all-time when my son is there in person to watch. He is with me today.

Oklahoma's visit to South Bend provides an excellent non-con game, while conference play brings us a full day's worth of compelling football games in Week 5, highlighted by the SEC's trio of quality match ups, as Ole Miss visits Bama, LSU plays between the hedges, and A&M visits the Hogs.

Links of Interest

* SB Nation's Week 5 Viewing Guide

* Dan Rubenstein Picks This Week's Games [Video]

* Week 5 F/+ Picks from Football Study Hall

Week 5 TV Line Up and Game Lines

Game Network Line (Over/Under) Time
Oklahoma St. at West Virginia Channel_espn_hd_logo_medium
OSU -21 (68) 12:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Purdue Channel_espn_2_hd_logo_medium
UNI -3.5 (61) 12:00 PM
SMU at TCU Channel_fox_sports_1_medium
TCU -18.5 (57) 12:00 PM
Miami (FL) at South Florida Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12 MIA -20 (48.5) 12:00 PM
Miami (OH) at Illinois Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
OSU -24.5 (57) 12:00 PM
South Carolina at Central Florida Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12 USC -7.5 (48) 12:00 PM
Colorado at Oregon St. Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_1 OSU -10 (64) 3:00 PM
Oklahoma at Notre Dame Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_1
OU -3 (48) 3:30 PM
LSU at Georgia Channel_cbs_hd_logo_medium
UGA -3 (60) 3:30 PM
Iowa at Minnesota Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
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MN -1 (48) 3:30 PM
Florida St. at Boston College Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
TV MAP
FSU -22.5 (49) 3:30 PM
Wake Forest at Clemson Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12 CLEM -27.5 (61) 3:30 PM

Army vs Louisiana Tech (Dallas, TX)

Channel_fox_sports_1_medium LA TECH -1 (52) 4:00 PM
Ole Miss at Alabama Channel_espn_hd_logo_medium AL -16.5 (63) 6:30 PM
Arizona at Washington Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
UW -7 (67) 7:00 PM
Texas A&M at Arkansas Channel_espn_2_hd_logo_medium A&M -3 (68) 7:00 PM
Florida at Kentucky Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
UF -14 (45.5) 7:00 PM
Wisconsin at Ohio St. Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12
OSU -7.5 (60) 8:00 PM
Stanford at Washington St. Channel_espn_hd_logo_medium STAN -9.5 (52) 10:00 PM
USC at Arizona St. Channel_espn_2_hd_logo_medium ASU -7 (52) 10:15 PM
Southern Miss at Boise St. Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_12 BSU -26 (55) 10:15 PM
Cal at Oregon Screen_shot_2013-09-21_at_1
UCLA -34.5 (80) 10:30 PM

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