"All I'm askin' for is a little respect..."–Aretha Franklin
It seems no matter what the Northern Illinois Huskies do these days, they just can't get no respect from the human polls. After a stellar 21-point win over then 9-1 Ball State on national TV Wednesday you might have thought that'd earn the Huskies a little bump up in the USA Today Coaches and AP polls. Well, you thought wrong my friend.
NIU (10-0, 6-0) didn't move an inch in the updated Coaches and AP polls, coming in at No. 21 and No. 20 respectively. The Huskies showed that their offense could keep up with the best of them, and that the defense could step up and shut down one of the most balanced offensive units in the country when the game is on the line. But, in the eyes of the voters, it was all for nothing.
This is somewhat of bad news for the Huskies as the one of these polls, the Coaches Poll, counts towards the BCS rankings which will be released Sunday evening.
Things could be worse. NIU could have dropped, like UCF did dropping one spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 20 following a come-from-behind win over Temple on Saturday, or Fresno State which fell two sports in the same poll to No. 16 following a bye week.
NIU gets another shot at impressing voters this Wednesday when it once again hogs the national stage to itself taking on a tough Toledo (7-3, 5-1) team in the Rockets intimidating Glass Bowl. If Northern Illinois can win with some style it should help the team move up some next week. If not it just proves that even when there's only one game on TV, college football voters and coaches don't watch college football.
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK||CHANGE||HI/LOW*|
Here's a look at the AP Poll, which as usual has no bearings on the BCS rankings whatsoever:
|2||Florida State (5)||10-0||1,445||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1|