This first link is a profile of Northern Illinois’ quarterback Jordan Lynch, who is in the middle of a season that has gotten Heisman praise. The profile talks about his numbers, and makes obvious comparisons of his style of play to current Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
This second link is a from my favorite (tongue in cheek) people in college football, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. It’s a tiresome topic about the coach having to balance his life and work in order to avoid another “health scare,” or as we in the state of Georgia call it: “Losing Tim Tebow.”
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.
Northern Illinois’ chances of making a BCS bowl game for the second year in a row got some big-time help when Louisville lost to Central Florida this past week.
This 2nd day article from the MAC conference blog from SB Nation does a great job at detailing exactly what needs to happen in order for Northern Illinois to make a second trip to one of the high-paying games.
I liked this article because it did not dwell much on the happenings of this past weekend, but quickly demanded focus on what is next, and how the briefly given details of what just happened, directly affect what happens next.
Perhaps the feelgood story of the 2011 college football season was the Northern Illinois Husky fans getting the opportunity to escape their regionally cold winter for a few weeks and drive down to Miami to watch their team take on the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. In 2013, the boys from Northern Illinois look to prove that last season was no fluke.
Northern Illinois is a hot team that should certainly feel confident going into their first test of the season Saturday against the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes. Winners of 21 of its last 23 games, the Huskies are returning all five of their offensive line starters from 2012 to protect breakout star quarterback Jordan Lynch.
These same two teams met at the beginning of the 2012 season, resulting in what would be the Huskies’ only regular season loss. The Hawkeyes of Iowa were able shut out the Huskies in the fourth quarter while scoring the final nine points to administer a heartbreaking 18-17 loss.
Revenge will undoubtedly be on the minds of Norther Illinois this Saturday. Though a BCS bowl was obtained last season, the doubters will surely be out in full force trying to discredit them from day one. If the Huskies can beat a Big Ten team in early September, then march into their Mid-American schedule with both confidence and a chip on their shoulder, look for them to be in the talks once again when it comes to divvying out bids to the bowls that pay the big bucks come December.
If all goes according to plan, Norther Illinois fans can plan on pulling out the shorts around New Years Day, again.