Last week's win over Ball State might have been Northern Illinois' most impressive on the season.
But apparently, someone didn't tell that to the human-computer mashup that determines the BCS standings.
When the latest batch of standings were released Sunday night, the Huskies had dropped one spot, from No. 15 to No. 16. All that despite a 48-27 pounding of Ball State last week in DeKalb.
The Cardinals entered that contest with a 9-1 record, meaning though they also carry the same MAC strength of schedule as the Huskies, that they were likely the best team on NIU's schedule this year. A clobbering led by quarterback Jordan Lynch's four total touchdowns kept the Huskies unbeaten. But that apparently wasn't enough to impress.
Fellow undefeated underdog Fresno State also dropped one spot and remained ahead of Northern. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 14 to No. 15 despite also remaining undefeated.
The Huskies have two more games remaining on the schedule: a Wednesday-night showdown with Toledo and a game the following Tuesday vs. Western Michigan. The MAC Championship Game figures to follow, and if the Huskies win all three, they'll finish undefeated and have a strong shot at a BCS bowl game. But Fresno State remains a concern, currently ranked higher and in a better position if just one spot remained for these two teams.