From the Dec. 11, 2012, USA Today by Paul Myerburg.
1. Dekalb, where NIU is located) is roughly an hour west of Chicago. (Illinois Route 38 forms the southern boundaro of campus. It is called Lincoln Highway and is part of the United States' first transcontinental road, 1913's Lincoln Highway.)
2. Barbed wire was patented by Dekalb resident Joseph Glidden in 1874 who donated 74 acres of land to create Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1895. Became NIU in 1957. (A normal school was to train teachers. Supposedly, town fathers dammed up the Kishwaukee River, normally more of a slow-moving creek during the summer. When state official came out to investigate the site, the dam was broken and it appeared there was a good-sized river flowing through campus, which swayed the decision.)
3. NIU is one of only two schools to win 11 or more games in each of the last three years. Oregon is the other one.
4. One of only five schools to have ten or more wins in each of the last three years with Oregon, LSU, Stanford and Alabama.
5. NIU has won nine or more games in a row the last three years. Northern won nine games in a row in 2010 and 2011 and 12 straight this year.
Five More on Monday. --RoadDog