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10MAC Championship Game: Strength-versus-strength

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Northern Illinois and Buffalo are both small schools with some big-time talent worth tuning in for on Friday night. This game is being nationally broadcast on ESPN2, and fans eager to see some NFL-caliber talent should watch.

The Huskies feature one of the best pass rushers in the nation, Sutton Smith. Smith earned All-American status last year, tallying 30 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. One year later, he has 21 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Smith will be chasing around Buffalo star quarterback Tyree Jackson, who has a cannon for an arm and excellent chemistry with receiver Anthony Johnson, who has a bright future in the NFL. These two have wowed during the regular season (with plays like this) and should help keep the Bulls lighting up the scoreboard.