Created: Friday, December 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Five storylines to follow: MAC Championship Game


1. Will Jordan Lynch have a Heisman moment?

You could argue he's already had a few already this season. The two highlight-reel plays against Ball State, and twice breaking the single-game rushing record for a quarterback.

In the biggest game of the year, with a lot of people (and Heisman voters) watching, Lynch has a chance to make his mark. If the Huskies win, he looks like a lock to be invited to New York City.

2. Mathew Sims

The past two MAC Championship games, NIU kicker Mathew Sims has come up big. He won the game as time expired against Ohio two seasons ago, and sent the game into double overtime with his 40-yarder against Kent State last year.

However, he hasn't been himself lately. Sims missed all three of his attempts against Toledo, and though he made two field goals against Western Michigan, he also missed a 34-yarder.

It's definitely possible he'll be in a big spot tonight.

3. Will Bowling Green pull out a bag of tricks?

When Eastern Illinois nearly upset the Huskies earlier this year, the Panthers were going for it on fourth down in their own territory, and tried a surprise onside kick. Western Michigan surprised the Huskies with an onside kick to start the second half.

Bowling Green is an underdog, albeit a small one. Will the Falcons be able to pull off a surprise or two?

4. More buzz this time?

There's a team with a BCS berth on the line, and a quarterback with a trip to New York at stake as well. Meanwhile, Bowling Green's campus lies just more than an hour away from Detroit. Both schools have already sold their ticket allotments.

5. The Falcons' rushing attack

Bowling Green has the best time of possession per game in the MAC (34:15). Running back Travis Greene has nearly 1,500 rushing yards. If the Falcons are going to win, they're probably going to have to run the ball and keep it out of Lynch's hands.

Will NIU football win the MAC this season?