Despite another blowout win, Northern Illinois dropped one spot in the BCS standings.
The Huskies fell from No. 17 to No. 18 when the latest batch of rankings was released Sunday night.
Saturday's 63-19 win over UMass featured another dominating performance from the Huskies and quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 119 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
But that impressive showing — and NIU moving to 9-0 — wasn't enough to keep the Huskies at No. 17.
Northern Illinois is one of just seven remaining undefeated teams in college football, the others being No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 6 Baylor and No. 16 Fresno State. As the season goes on, the Huskies will continue to be compared with Fresno State, the other undefeated team from a conference without an automatic bid in a BCS bowl game.
The team ranked just ahead of NIU, No. 17 Michigan State, is the likely reason the Huskies dropped a spot, as the Spartans' incredible showing against Michigan on Saturday couldn't keep them out of the top 20 for much longer. No. 14 Oklahoma State, also ranked below the Huskies last week, vaulted ahead with a win over Texas Tech.
NIU has just three regular-season games remaining, plus a likely trip to the MAC championship game. If the Huskies can remain undefeated, they'll have a good chance of making a BCS bowl game for the second straight season.