There should be no shortage of excitement come Week 1 of the 2012 Northeast Conference football schedule. All nine NEC teams will take to the gridiron during that first week of college football, and six of them will face either a FBS opponent or a FCS program that found itself ranked in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll at the conclusion of the 2011 campaign. Stiff competition is not something NEC teams will face only in Week 1.

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