For the first time since 2010, Northern Illinois has cracked the Top 25 Rankings in both the Associated Press (24) and USA Today Coaches' Poll (23).
The Huskies had led the "Also Receiving Votes" category last week, but their 31-24 victory over Toledo Thursday night vaulted them into the Top 25 for the first time all season.
Kent State, who the Huskies will square off with in the MAC Championship at Ford Field on Nov. 30, moved to No. 23 in the latest BCS Standings. A victory over the Golden Flashes would certainly catapult Northern Illinois into the BCS picture.
NIU, winners of 10 straight games after a season-opening one-point loss to Iowa, is ranked in the polls for just the 12th week in school history. The highest mark the Huskies have reached was No. 12 in the AP poll from Oct. 12-Oct. 19 in 2003.
Next up for the Huskies is the regular season finale of the MAC West Division against Eastern Michigan.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.