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2017 Schedule
5-7, 3rd in MAC - West
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Kenny Golladay draft highlights (0:43)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Lions picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida 2. Jalen "Teez" Tabor, CB, Florida 3. Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

New Lions WR Kenny Golladay made his own highlight tape when trying to transfer from North Dakota after his sophomore year. Ended up at North Dakota because it was his only offer out of high school. Said he did not keep the highlight tape and "erased that" when he figured out he was going to Northern Illinois.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

New Lions WR Kenny Golladay met with Robert Prince before his pro day and also came to the team's facility on a visit. At 6-4, he is "blessed" with his size. He said Prince talked to him about being the No. 3 receiver this season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions finally looked to offense in the third round, taking receiver Kenny Golladay from Northern Illinois. The 6-foot-4 Golladay gives the Lions the big red zone receiver the franchise has craved. His 4.5-second 40-yard dash is good for his size and he had two 1,000-yard seasons at NIU. He'll give the Lions flexibility in three receiver sets with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

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151dBrett McMurphy

Group of 5 schools considering own playoff

A growing number of Group of 5 officials are in favor of adding a playoff specifically for the Group of 5 schools because it's been 32 years since a non-Power 5 team won a national championship.

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Sources: Gophers set to boycott Holiday Bowl

Minnesota's football team is prepared to to continue its boycott and skip the Dec. 27 National Funding Holiday Bowl in San Diego, barring a last-minute resolution.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Minnesota boycott is being discussed on @OTLonESPN. The ViewFromVegas (and from coast to coast) is this affects a lot of bowl contests/pools as Minnesota is scheduled to play Washington State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 (my alma mater Northern Illinois is being mentioned as the possible replacement team). However, a lot of contests have deadlines tomorrow with the start of bowl season.

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164dBrett McMurphy

Sources: NIU would replace Minnesota in bowl

Northern Illinois would replace Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl should the Gophers boycott the game, sources tell ESPN. But the switch would face logistical challenges and require NCAA approval.

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Northern Illinois beats Kent State 31-21

Joel Bouagnon ran for two touchdowns, Daniel Santacaterina and Jordan Huff each ran for scores, and Northern Illinois beat Kent State 31-21 in Friday's season finale for both teams.

What is Northern Illinois' destiny?

With the Huskies on the fringe of the bowl picture, ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy offer their thoughts about whether the team can sneak into a postseason game. Bowl projections

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Northern Illinois overcomes 21-point deficit to beat Eastern Michigan in OT (2:02)
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NIU wins in OT with fourth-down stop by inches (1:31)
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NIU's Lurry makes incredible interception on sideline (0:26)
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Postgame Interview with Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle (1:13)
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Aaron Covington seals game with interception (1:25)