adidas Unveils Orange Bowl Uniforms for Northern Illinois

adidas Unveils Orange Bowl Uniforms for Northern Illinois

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In their first ever BCS Bowl Game, the Northern Illinois Huskies will be outfitted in special adidas Football TECHFIT uniforms — also a first for the school.

TECHFIT features innovations that reduce the weight of the jersey by 30 precent, including a streamlined fit, new fabric, seam reduction and a lightweight numbering system. Players are kept cool with integrated ventilation zones and moisture management fabric. Reduced seams and a restriction-free, high-stretch collar design increases range of motion to support agility and speed.

On the front of NIU’s jersey is a new custom front highlighted by red “NIU” lettering and silver numbers on the chest and shoulders. The Huskies will also wear red TECHIFT pants, Red/White Team Speed Vertical Crew Socks and debut the Spring ’13 adizero 5-Star 2.0 Low and crazyquick Mid cleats in black.

Northern Illinois takes on the Florida State Seminoles in the Discover Orange Bowl next Tuesday, January 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore ran away with Eastbay College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, the title will stay with the running backs. In a highly publicized game that took place at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field between Illinois and Northwestern, it was Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure who stole the show. Leshoure carried the ball 33 times for 330 yards, reaching the endzone twice on the day.

Week 12 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure

Leshoure set the tone early, scoring touchdowns on Illinois’ first two possessions. The team’s third touchdown in the first quarter was not scored by Leshoure, but it was his 70-yard scamper that set the Illini up inside the 5-yard line. That trend continued for the duration of the game, as Leshoure produced big time runs and set up scoring drives for Illinois. His day on the ground also helped Illinois dominate the time of possession by a lopsided tally of 41 minutes to 19. Leshoure’s 100-yard 4th quarter performance set up two more scores for the team, which proved to be the difference. Illinois went on to win the Wrigley Bowl by a score of 48-27.

The 330-yard performance is an Illinois school record, breaking Robert Holcombe’s 1996 mark of 315 yards. Additionally, Leshoure’s day is the biggest in college football since Navy’s Shun White cranked out a 348-yard day in 2008. “The No. 1 thing was to get the win, help my team out and get to that bowl game,” said Leshoure. “I’m happy the stats were the way they were, but that definitely wasn’t on my mind going into the game.”

Illinois will travel to play the Fresno State Bulldogs in the regular season finale on December 3rd.

Week 12 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure

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Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 10: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr. ran away with Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, our search for the Week 10 recipient led us to the defensive side of the ball, and a clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies. Though Oklahoma came into the game ranked #8 and fielding one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, it was a Michael Hodges led defense that would prove to be the difference. Hodges recorded 19 tackles and two sacks in the game, helping the Aggies upset the Sooners 33-19.

Week 10: College Football Player of the Week - Michael Hodges; Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

Michael’s 19 tackles were a career high, and the most tackles by an Aggie defender since Dat Nguyen recorded 20 in the 1998 Cotton Bowl. The two Hodges’ sacks went for a combined 16 lost yards. Perhaps the most impressive feat accomplished on the day was A&M’s three goal line stops of the Oklahoma offense. A&M came up with a goal line stand in the first quarter as Hodges and Von Miller combined to stop DeMarco Murray on 4th and 1. Later in the fourth quarter, the A&M defense manufactured two more stops in the red zone with, Hodges recording three tackles on second, third and fourth downs.

They were then treated to chants of “Wreck-ing Crew,” a nickname held by vaunted Texas A&M defenses of the 80s and 90s. “It’s an indescribable feeling to hear the fans screaming that for us,” Hodges said. “That’s a goal of ours and we took a big step toward that today.”

The Aggies will now travel to Waco on Saturday, where they’ll play the Baylor Bears.

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Week 9: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez took home Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. Unfortunately for the Corona, California native, he was knocked out of Saturday’s game, causing him to miss the entire second half and any chance of repeating the feat. However, filling the offensive void left by Martinez was running back Roy Helu Jr. Helu rushed for a school-record 307 yards, adding 3 long touchdowns to help the Cornhuskers beat the 6th ranked Missouri Tigers 31-17.

Week 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPN

Anytime Helu carried the ball, he looked like a threat to go the distance. A little over a minute into the game, Helu ran for a 66-yard touchdown on Nebraska’s first play, giving the Huskers a 7-0 advantage. He’d continue to dominate in the first quarter, sprinting down the right sideline for a 73-yard score with 2:57 left to play in the opening frame. The big time plays from Helu continued in the second half. Now running to chants of “Hay-loo” from the crowd (his name is actually pronounced “Hel-loo”), Roy took a hand-off from backup quarterback Zac Lee up the middle for a 53-yard touchdown, his third score on the day.

Helu’s 307 yards surpassed the previous record of 294 yards by Calvin Jones against Kansas in 1991. His first 10 carries went for a total of 228 yards. When speaking on his record day, Helu said “I can’t explain how much I feel for my linemen and fullback. They deserve as much credit as I do. I know the focus is on the record and the individual, but it’s a team sport.”

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, now 7-1, travel to play the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday.

Week 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPNWeek 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPN

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NCAA College Football Rankings Week 10

LaMichael James leads Oregon and possibly Heisman Candidates - Photo courtesy Yahoo
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Oregon and Auburn continue to roll behind Heisman trophy candidates LaMichael James and Cameron Newton, while Boise State does the same. Oregon took on Pac-10 rival USC in Los Angeles in what many would say is their toughest of remaining opponents this season. The Ducks outlasted the Trojans continuing to score relentlessly like they have all year behind 236 rushing yards from LaMichael James, beating USC 53-32. Boise State and Auburn cruised to victories to remain 2nd and 3rd in the rankings.

Two previously unbeaten teams took surprising losses this week. Michigan State was crushed by Iowa 37-6 and Missouri lost 31-17 to Nebraska. Consequently both Michigan State and Missouri fell from the top ten in this week’s rankings. The win moved Nebraska back into the top ten for the first time since their loss to Texas earlier in the year.

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Team Record Points Previous Rank
1 Oregon(49) 8-0 1487 1
2 Boise State (7) 7-0 1403 2
3 Auburn (2) 9-0 1396 3
4 TCU (2) 9-0 1350 4
5 Alabama 7-1 1228 6
6 Utah 8-0 1147 8
7 Wisconsin 7-1 1113 9
8 Ohio State 8-1 1010 10
9 Nebraska 7-1 974 14
10 Stanford 7-1 950 13
11 Oklahoma 7-1 928 11
12 LSU 7-1 872 12
13 Arizona 7-1 779 15
14 Missouri 7-1 739 7
15 Iowa 6-2 700 18
16 Michigan State 6-1 644 5
17 Arkansas 5-2 500 19
18 South Carolina 5-2 497 17
19 Oklahoma State 5-2 457 20
20 Virginia Tech 6-1 332 21
21 Mississippi State 6-2 302 23
22 Baylor 5-2 247 25
23 North Carolina State
6-2 113 NR
24 Florida State 5-2 97 16
25 Nevada 6-2 91 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Hawaii 50, Syracuse 22, Oregon State 16, Maryland 11, USC 10, San Diego State 7, East Carolina 9,  Illinois 8, UCF 5, Pittsburgh 4, Miami 3, Northwestern 3, Florida 2, Northern Illinois 1