Northern Illinois Must Continue Winning Big In Hopes of BCS

The Northern Illinois Huskies beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles to the tune of 59-20 this past Saturday. And if the Huskies have plans of returning to a BCS bowl in 2013, the blowout wins must continue.

In the most recent BCS standings, the Northern Illinois Huskies have moved up to No. 17, just one spot away from the automatic bid into a BCS bowl, assuming they can hold on from there.

The BCS mandates that if a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference were to be ranked in the top 16, they are to receive a bid to a BCS game. This is how the Huskies got a berth into the Orange Bowl last season, and seemingly how they will repeat as “BCS buster” again in 2013.

With a weak schedule, the Huskies will need to rely on the play making abilities of senior quarterback Jordan Lynch, who set an all-time college football record for rushing yards by a running back with a 316 yard performance against Central Michigan on October 19th.

As strength of schedule will begin to play a big part in the movement up and down the BCS poll, the Huskies will now need to rely on unofficial, and unrecorded “style points” in order to make a move into the high-paying BCS qualifying spot.

Expect to see Lynch keep his foot on the gas from here forward, as putting up massive points in addition to winning will be the difference in playing in a bowl game for several hundred thousand dollars, and several million dollars.

It should be a great stretch to be a Northern Illinois fan.

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I am just your typical 30 year old journalism student at the University of Georgia. I am married with one child, though that child has four legs and barks when he is hungry. I am a writer/photographer/social media coordinator for Bulldawg Illustrated ( ), and am actively pursuing a Magazine Journalism degree with a certificate in Sports Writing. I have a deep passion for all things UGA athletics and the Atlanta Braves. So much so that I proposed to my now wife at the fifty-yard-line of Sanford Stadium, and married her in the 755 Club at Turner Field. Luckily, she shares my sentiments. I love living in downtown Athens, and take a great deal of pride in being a student at the University of Georgia.

3 thoughts on “Northern Illinois Must Continue Winning Big In Hopes of BCS

  1. jleber10

    Great post. I think this has been your best blog post so far. Great job telling about the stakes; Northern Illinois’ push would make the university a lot of money.

    1. I’ve mentioned this before, but I think links should illustrate more. I trust you when you tell me their ranking. I don’t think you need to link to the standings. (also, I see that shameless infographic plug…but it works really well. Good inclusion.)
    2. Just a small grammar suggestion…I think the comma separating “unofficial, and unrecorded” is superfluous.

  2. raleighh

    1. Pretty solid blog post here but in the middle of the story you say “quarterback” Jordan Lynch then continue on to state that he broke the rushing yards record for a running back. I know what you meant but always check before you post because this may confuse some readers. Lynch is the quarterback and he broke the NCAA rushing record for yards by a QB. Just make sure to watch out for these slight mistakes.
    2. If NIU jumps to no. 16, it will be eligible for a BCS bowl for the second consecutive year. Your background info on what it takes for a non-AQ team to make a BCS bowl is informative. But perhaps you could list what happened against FSU and how badly they were beaten by the Seminoles last year, and talk about how deserving the Huskies are to go back when it’s likely they’ll be blown out once again. The numbers are there to make a great case for this especially with the weak schedule you emphasized.

  3. crstroh

    Great job! I don’t really have much to say here. I thought you did a good job of highlighting a MAC team, giving context, and previewing how the rest of the season needs to go for NIU. You also really broke it down and explained BCS implications for someone who doesn’t keep up with the MAC.


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