College Football Rankings, Week 12: Northern Illinois Slips In Coaches Poll

Jim Rogash

Sometimes, things just don't make sense, like how NIU gets voted on in the major college football polls.

Any hopes of seeing a showdown between a pair of ranked opponents this Wednesday have crashed and burned. The latest USA Today Coaches and AP polls are out, and despite an impressive 20-point victory on national TV, Ball State isn't ranked in either. Even worse, Northern Illinois somehow managed to slip a spot in the Coaches Poll this week despite not playing and a slew of losses from other ranked teams.

The Huskies come in at No. 21 in this weeks Coaches Poll, down from 20 a week ago. This is bad news, as now both Louisville (No. 13) and Central Florida (No. 19) are ahead of the Huskies. The Coaches Poll is one of the polls used to determine the BCS Standings, which will be updated tonight, so if the Huskies are getting passed by its fair to say the odds of either of those teams coming in above NIU in the BCS standings have increased.

Also of concern, Fresno State, Northern Illinois' non-AG rival in the BCS rankings race, jumped up three spots in the Coaches Poll this week and now sits at No. 14. This could go a long way in helping the Bulldogs gain some ground on NIU in the BCS rankings tonight.

Luckily for NIU, it gets a home game vs. Ball State Wednesday night on national TV to hopefully woe the voters back on its side of things.

Here's a look at the full USA Today Coaches Poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
9-0 1546 58 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
9-0 1485 4 3 1 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
9-0 1401 0 4 1 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
8-0 1376 0 5 1 4/NR
5 Stanford
Cardinal
8-1 1307 0 6 1 4/13
6 Clemson
Tigers
8-1 1164 0 7 1 4/10
7 Oregon
Ducks
8-1 1162 0 2 5 2/7
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1083 0 9 1 7/NR
9 Auburn
Tigers
9-1 1069 0 10 1 9/NR
10 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
8-1 965 0 11 1 10/20
11 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 898 0 13 2 6/15
12 South Carolina
Gamecocks
7-2 830 0 15 3 6/20
13 Louisville
Cardinals
8-1 653 0 16 3 6/17
14 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 646 0 17 3 14/NR
15 UCLA
Bruins
7-2 641 0 18 3 10/21
16 Michigan State
Spartans
8-1 620 0 19 3 16/NR
17 Oklahoma
Sooners
7-2 510 0 8 9 8/18
18 LSU
Tigers
7-3 476 0 12 6 6/18
19 Central Florida
Knights
7-1 468 0 21 2 19/NR
20 Wisconsin
Badgers
7-2 460 0 22 2 18/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
9-0 445 0 20 1 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
7-2 262 0 24 2 22/NR
23 Miami
Hurricanes
7-2 228 0 14 9 6/NR
24 Texas
Longhorns
7-2 176 0 NR 15/NR
25 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 91 0 NR 25/NR

Schools Dropped Out: No. 23 Texas Tech, No. 25 Notre Dame.

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 44; Nebraska 43; Ball State 22; Duke 22; Virginia Tech 15; Louisiana-Lafayette 7; Mississippi 6; Cincinnati 6; Southern California 6; Texas Tech 5; Washington 5; Arizona 4; Notre Dame 2; Buffalo 1.

Here's a look at the meaningless AP Poll, in which the Huskies actually managed to move up two spots despite not playing this week. When they win, AP voters vote them down. When they sit at home and watch other teams play, AP voters vote the Huskies up. Makes perfect sense.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 9-0 1,472 1
2 Florida State (3) 9-0 1,418 3
3 Ohio State 9-0 1,310 4
4 Baylor 8-0 1,303 5
5 Stanford 8-1 1,272 6
6 Oregon 8-1 1,139 2
7 Auburn 9-1 1,109 7
8 Clemson 8-1 1,049 8
9 Missouri 9-1 1,012 9
10 Texas A&M 8-2 909 11
11 South Carolina 7-2 857 13
12 Oklahoma State 8-1 780 15
13 UCLA 7-2 669 16
14 Michigan State 8-1 633 18
15 UCF 7-1 596 19
16 Fresno State 9-0 588 17
17 Wisconsin 7-2 503 21
18 LSU 7-3 470 10
19 Louisville 8-1 467 20
20 Northern Illinois 9-0 396 22
21 Arizona State 7-2 362 23
22 Oklahoma 7-2 285 12
23 Texas 7-2 185 NR
24 Miami (FL) 7-2 121 14
25 Georgia 6-3 78 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi 68, Minnesota 60, Nebraska 16, Duke 11, USC 10, Washington 9, Ball State 7, Virginia Tech 5, Brigham Young 3, Notre Dame 2, Houston 1

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