The Northern Illinois Huskies shocked everyone last year by sneaking into last season’s Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. Although the Huskies lost, they showed a continuing trend of teams from non-AQ conferences sneaking into BCS contention.
This season, once again, the Huskies are undefeated midway through the college football season and don’t look like they’ll be losing anytime soon. The 1-5 Akron Zips put up a fight, but the strength of the much more talented Huskies was too much. Quarterback Jordan Lynch led the Huskies to a 27-20 victory with 220 yards and a touchdown through the air as well as 83 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Lynch has thrown 12 touchdowns on the season to only four interceptions, and all of those interceptions came in only two of their six games. He’s an extremely efficient quarterback in the pass game. Not only does he have over 1300 yards passing, but he has over 600 running. Though underrated, Lynch is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the entire country.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, it looks like there are a lot more teams fighting for that non-AQ BCS Bowl appearance this season. The Fresno State Bulldogs are undefeated and have beaten better teams than Northern Illinois. It’s going to take a few key losses by undefeated teams if the Huskies want to sneak back into the BCA talk.
However, all that Northern Illinois can do is to continue to win. The rest of their schedule is fairly light, and there is a very high chance that they’ll go undefeated for the whole season. The Huskies must not look forward to a potential BCS bid and focus on winning the MAC for now.