Northern Illinois Ranked In National Polls

Updated 12/9/2013

Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0) is coming off a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the 2013 Marathon MAC football Championship Game last Friday evening.  Despite the loss, with a 12-1 overall record Northern Illinois is ranked No. 23 in the BCS Standings, No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25.

In addition, Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1) received 12 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll and ten votes in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.  Also, Ball State (10-2, 7-1) received two votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

This season the MAC had three programs reach ten wins as MAC Champion Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1), Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0) and Ball State (10-2, 7-1) all reached the ten win plateau.  Only the SEC had more 10 win teams than the MAC, as the SEC finished with four teams with ten wins or more while the MAC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac 12 all had three teams with 10 or more wins.