BCS Rankings Week 13: Northern Illinois Slips To No. 16 In Latest Rankings

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Sometimes, winning isn't everything. Such is the case for NIU this week as the Huskies find themselves slipping a spot in the latest BCS rankings despite an impressive win on national TV.

A week after coming in at No. 15, the Northern Illinois Huskies dropped a spot in the BCS rankings, despite beating Ball State by 21-points on national TV this past week.

The Huskies beat a then one-loss Ball state team 48-27 on ESPN2 Wednesday night in a strong showing. Jordan Lynch lived up to the hype, and NIU showed that it's defense, which has been questioned all season long, was capable for living up to a challenge and shutting down one of the most balanced offensive units in the country when the game was on the line.

Despite the big win, Northern Illinois didn't budge in either the USA Today Coaches Poll or AP Poll, both of which were released early Sunday afternoon. The AP Poll has no impact on the BCS standings, but the Coaches does.

In the BCS rankings this week the Huskies were leapfrogged by Michigan State, which moves up three spots to No. 13, and caused a back slide for UCLA, Fresno State and NIU. Despite the slip in the actual standing, NIU has gained on the Bulldogs, closing the gpa between the two schools to .405.

Also sliding back this week is a pair of American athletic Conference teams in UCF and Louisville. Both slid back one spot as well falling to No. 18 and No. 21 respectively. That's good news for the Huskies, which will need to finish in the No. 16 or higher and above an AQ-conference champion to get a BCS berth. OF course NIU would also need to finish above Fresno State, as only one non-AQ team can get a BCS at large bid.

With another nationally televised game this Wednesday against a tough Toledo school, NIU could further close the gap between the Bulldogs. But, clearly now the thing the Huskies best bet for moving up is having the teams directly above them slip up, as it's unlikely NIU can jump over anyone with the way the human polls view it.

Here's a look at the full Week 13 BCS standings:
BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9914 1 1 2620 .9981 1 1544 .9961 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 .980
2 Florida State .9661 2 2 2517 .9589 2 1487 .9594 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 .980
3 Ohio State .8869 3 3 2375 .9048 3 1404 .9058 5 4 3 4 6 5 7 .850
4 Baylor .8856 5 4 2343 .8926 4 1386 .8942 3 3 5 5 4 4 4 .870
5 Oregon .7917 6 5 2102 .8008 5 1231 .7942 6 6 4 9 5 10 6 .780
6 Auburn .7860 7 7 1967 .7493 7 1145 .7387 3 5 7 3 3 6 3 .870
7 Clemson .7681 8 6 2019 .7691 6 1217 .7852 7 9 6 6 8 12 5 .750
8 Missouri .7231 9 8 1919 .7310 8 1129 .7284 8 7 11 7 9 9 8 .710
9 Stanford .6238 4 11 1584 .6034 12 865 .5581 8 8 8 8 7 11 9 .710
10 Oklahoma State .5890 12 9 1660 .6324 9 1030 .6645 14 12 12 15 20 8 18 .470
11 South Carolina .5883 10 12 1459 .5558 11 882 .5690 10 10 9 11 11 7 10 .640
12 Texas A&M .5394 11 10 1626 .6194 10 928 .5987 17 16 18 16 13 19 14 .400
13 Michigan State .4646 16 13 1269 .4834 13 729 .4703 15 14 16 14 15 16 15 .440
14 UCLA .4615 13 15 1110 .4229 14 700 .4516 13 13 13 17 12 15 12 .510
15 Fresno State .4134 14 14 1126 .4290 16 622 .4013 16 18 19 13 25 13 13 .410
16 Northern Illinois .3729 15 18 864 .3291 21 418 .2697 12 21 10 12 14 3 16 .520
17 Arizona State .3414 19 22 570 .2171 22 352 .2271 11 11 22 10 10 14 11 .580
18 UCF .3033 17 20 793 .3021 20 446 .2877 18 20 14 18 22 17 17 .320
19 Wisconsin .2907 22 19 794 .3025 17 511 .3297 20 19 24 21 18 20 20 .240
20 Oklahoma .2760 18 21 746 .2842 18 502 .3239 21 15 17 19 23 24 23 .220
21 Louisville .2664 20 16 1010 .3848 15 627 .4045 26 NR 15 25 NR NR NR .010
22 LSU .2645 21 17 880 .3352 19 478 .3084 23 NR 21 NR 17 21 21 .150
23 USC .1070 NR 23 202 .0770 25 115 .0742 22 17 23 20 21 23 24 .170
24 Ole Miss .1048 NR NR 110 .0419 NR 35 .0226 19 22 20 24 16 18 19 .250
25 Minnesota .0604 NR 25 183 .0697 23 173 .1116 28 NR NR 23 NR NR NR .000

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