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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Northwestern and Miami (Ohio) will still meet this fall, but not in the season opener.
A Miami (Ohio) official confirmed that the Northwestern game remains a go, but it will no longer be played Sept. 5, as originally scheduled. Miami's schedule is "basically ready" but can't be unveiled until the Mid-American Conference releases its full 2009 schedule.
Negotiations have taken place between Miami and Kentucky to open the season Sept. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. There are also rumors that Miami wants to get out of a Sept. 12 home game against Colorado (the Buffs say the game is still on).
Should both things happen, Miami could visit Northwestern on Sept. 12. But the Wildcats are scheduled to face FCS-member Towson that day, and Towson team spokesman Dan O'Connell said a contract has been signed and Towson fully expects to make the trip to Evanston. Towson opens its season Sept. 3 against Morgan State.
Northwestern has no open dates until after the Big Ten slate wraps up Nov. 21 against Wisconsin. The Wildcats' other non-league games come against Syracuse (Sept. 19) and Eastern Michigan (Oct. 10).
Northwestern could not confirm any schedule changes at this time and still lists the Sept. 5 contest against Miami on its 2009 schedule.
Should Northwestern need to look elsewhere for a Sept. 5 contest, one possibility would be Akron. The Zips are among just a handful of FBS teams looking for a game to round out the schedule.