One of the biggest story lines in college football for 2012 was the Northern Illinois Huskies making the Orange Bowl before losing to the Florida State Seminoles. Many fans felt that a smaller school like Northern Illinois didn’t deserve a chance at a BCS game. Now that the cat is out of the bag and NIU has proven to be one of the nation’s better programs, what can fans expect in 2013?
It starts at quarterback, and the Huskies are returning quarterback Jordan Lynch. He had almost 5,000 all-purpose yards to lead the nation. The machine started and ended with Lynch. He’s one of the nation’s most exciting and versatile players. The offense revolved around his excellent play. He’s set the bar quite high for himself in 2013, and there’s no reason why he can’t reach that height.
The Huskies head coach Rod Carey will continue to build the legacy in DeKalb. The Huskies are currently the best team in the state of Illinois and are now more of a household name. Considering the success they’ve shown over the past few seasons, they could turn this thing into a dynasty. Let’s keep in mind when I say dynasty, I recognize this program will never be Alabama, but there’s no reason why they can’t dominate the MAC for years to come.
As resident of Illinois, I am glad to see a program handle things the right way and compete with the big boys. Despite their loss to the Seminoles, the Huskies proved to the nation that there not some small-time program.