Following a shocking loss to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship Friday night, Jordan Lynch and NIU figure to lose their respective chances for the Heisman Trophy and a BCS bowl.
Northwestern struggled to get its offense going all night as NC State took care of business in a 69-48 win. SMU handled Illinois-Chicago on the road, dishing out a 73-65 loss.
Though Northern Illinois has cruised to wins in nearly every game this season, Friday's MAC Championship Game might not be easy as Jordan Lynch & Co. take on Bowling Green's top-ranked defense.
3wRod Carey's Northern Illinois group is poised to make a second straight BCS berth. But he's making sure to take care of business on a weekly basis, beginning this week against Ball State.
3wIt was a rough night for the local teams in Illinois as Southerin Illinois, Loyola, Western Illinois and Illinois State were all on the losing end. Chicago State and Bradley were the only victorious teams.
3wPreseason Big Ten Player of the Year Gary Harris leads a Michigan State team returning four starters and eyeing a trip to the national title game. With Tom Izzo at the helm, it's a strong possibility.
3wThe Buckeyes are an experienced bunch, returning eight players from last year. And, after trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight, it's a group experienced not only in longevity but also in winning.
3wThe Illini deserve applause for another huge offensive day Saturday vs. Indiana. But, as has happened too often this season, offensive exploits have been overshadowed by a losing effort.
3wPat Fitzgerald made it official Monday: Northwestern running back Venric Mark won't return to the field this season thanks to an ankle fracture, the latest thing to go wrong in this nightmare season.
3wThe Badgers lost three starters from last season, but, as Tom Izzo said, this is a Bo Ryan team. "Really, does it really matter who Bo has? Face it, they're going to win 25 games either way."