NIU's BCS chances improve after Fresno State loss

NIU's BCS chances improve after Fresno State loss
November 29, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

A good week seems to only be getting better for Northern Illinois.

After a nice jump in the BCS standings, up from No. 16 to No. 14, and yet another blowout win, 33-14 over Western Michigan, the Huskies got another bit of good news Friday, when Fresno State lost to San Jose State, 62-52.

What does that game way out west have to do with NIU? Well, like the Huskies, the Bulldogs of Fresno State boasted an undefeated record and were considered Northern's main competition when it came to an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game. Now that the No. 16 Bulldogs, who play in the Mountain West, no longer have an unblemished record, they're expected to plummet in the BCS standings and leave the Huskies all alone as the non-automatic qualifier with a perfect campaign.

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In fact, NIU stands as just one of four undefeated teams in all of college football heading into Saturday (No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State are the others).

Of course, Northern still has one more hurdle to clear before the BCS talk can officially begin: the MAC Championship Game next Friday against Bowling Green. But, if the Huskies emerge victorious, they figure to be invited to a BCS bowl game for the second straight season.