College Football Rankings Week 13: Northern Illinois Can't Get No Respect

Brian Kersey

Apparently coaches and AP voters were busy watching a Duck Dynasty marathon on A&E Wednesday, because they certainly weren't watching the NIU Huskies.

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"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*
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
10-0 1544 56 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
10-0 1487 6 2 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 1404 0 3 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
9-0 1386 0 4 4/NR
5 Oregon
Ducks
9-1 1231 0 7 2 2/7
6 Clemson
Tigers
9-1 1217 0 6 4/10
7 Auburn
Tigers
10-1 1145 0 9 2 7/NR
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1129 0 8 7/NR
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 1030 0 10 1 9/20
10 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 928 0 11 1 6/15
11 South Carolina
Gamecocks
8-2 882 0 12 1 6/20
12 Stanford
Cardinal
8-2 865 0 5 7 4/13
13 Michigan State
Spartans
9-1 729 0 16 3 13/NR
14 UCLA
Bruins
8-2 700 0 15 1 10/21
15 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 627 0 13 2 6/17
16 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 622 0 14 2 14/NR
17 Wisconsin
Badgers
8-2 511 0 20 3 17/NR
18 Oklahoma
Sooners
8-2 502 0 17 1 8/18
19 LSU
Tigers
7-3 478 0 18 1 6/19
20 Central Florida
Knights
8-1 446 0 19 1 19/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
10-0 418 0 21 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
8-2 352 0 22 22/NR
23 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 173 0 25 2 23/NR
24 Duke
Blue Devils
8-2 131 0 NR 24/NR
25 USC
Trojans
8-3 115 0 NR 22/NR

Here's a look at the AP Poll, which as usual has no bearings on the BCS rankings whatsoever:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1,445 2
3 Baylor 9-0 1,351 4
4 Ohio State 10-0 1,343 3
5 Oregon 9-1 1,210 6
6 Auburn 10-1 1,205 7
7 Clemson 9-1 1,115 8
8 Missouri 9-1 1,067 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956 10
10 Stanford 8-2 899 5
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889 12
12 South Carolina 8-2 870 11
13 Michigan State 9-1 749 14
14 UCLA 8-2 710 13
15 Fresno State 9-0 572 16
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559 17
17 UCF 8-1 535 15
18 LSU 7-3 439 18
19 Arizona State 8-2 430 21
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426 20
21 Louisville 9-1 412 19
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318 22
23 USC 8-3 187 NR
24 Mississippi 7-3 119 NR
25 Duke 8-2 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1
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