Northern Illinois leaps up to No. 15 in BCS standings

Northern Illinois leaps up to No. 15 in BCS standings
November 10, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Try to figure this one out.

Northern Illinois leaped up to No. 15 in the BCS standings when the latest batch was released on Sunday night, vaulting three spots forward from its previous ranking of No. 18.

The three-spot climb comes in a week when the Huskies didn't have a game, a strange move after the team was bumped down a spot last Sunday after scoring a huge blowout win.

Perhaps it was the loss of another undefeated team — Oregon lost on Thursday night to Stanford — that made the Huskies' 9-0 record look attractive enough in the eyes of voters to warrant the move. Also strangely, NIU jumped a spot ahead of Michigan State, the team ranked above it at No. 17 last week, even though the Spartans also did not play this week.

[MORE: Ball State presents big hurdle for Northern Illinois]

It's just the latest example of BCS volatility.

Though the Huskies are now in a serious spot to grab a place in a BCS bowl game. They're one of just six undefeated teams, with the others being No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Baylor and No. 14 Fresno State. If the Huskies win out, they'll have a great shot at making their second consecutive BCS bowl game.

Northern next takes on Ball State — a talented MAC team with just one loss this season — on Wednesday night.