BCS Rankings Week 14: Northern Illinois Jumps Up To No. 14

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After a second consecutive impressive nationally televised win the Huskies move up two spots to No. 14, ahead of Fresno State, UCF, and Louisville.

Going into the final week before championship weekend in college football Northern Illinois is sitting in the drivers seat for a return trip to a BCS bowl berth. A week after slipping one spot to No. 16, NIU has leapt up two spots to No. 14 in the BCS standings.

Only a week ago NIU actually slipped in the BCS rankings, and were sitting just behind fellow BCS-buster hopeful Fresno state, trailing the Bulldogs by about .40 points. But after improving to 11-0 (7-0 MAC) on the season NIU made an impressive .90 jump in the BCS rankings, moving up ahead of Fresno State (10-0, 7-0 MWC), which dropped from No. 15 to No. 16 this week following a 63-29 win over New Mexico on Saturday.

Note that by being ranked No. 14 and ahead of fellow non-AQ Fresno State, as well as the likely American AthleticConference champion UCF (No. 19) NIU would receive a BCS bowl berth if the season were to end today. Even with two games left if NIU can stay ahead of Fresno State and UCF (which actually dropped a spot in the updated BCS rankings) without UCF finishing in the top 16, NIU is in a BCS bowl. Even if Fresno State slips into the top 16, if NIU can climb to No. 12 or higher in the final standings the Huskies receive an at-large bid. Right now with a home game left vs. WMU (1-11) on Tuesday and a MAC championship game next Friday odds look good that Northern Illinois will be in another BCS bowl come January.

In the human elements of the polls the Huskies did receive slight bumps this week, moving up to No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and up a spot to No. 17 in the Harris Poll. The bump up certainly helped NIU this week, but NIU is up to an average of No. 7 in the computer polls, a five spot increase over last week.

Up next for NIU is a Tuesday night game at home vs. Western Michigan (1-10, 1-6 MAC) to close out the regular season. The Huskies get to play for the MAC Championship next Friday, December 6, in Detroit against the winner of this Friday's Bowling Green-Buffalo game. These are the last to opportunities for NIU to move up in the BCS polls before bowl season begins.

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 .9881 1 1 2595 .9981 1 1544 .9961 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 .970
2 Florida State .9697 2 2 2494 .9592 2 1488 .9600 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 .990
3 Ohio State .9200 3 3 2389 .9188 3 1428 .9213 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 .920
4 Auburn .8236 6 5 2139 .8227 5 1268 .8181 4 5 7 4 5 8 4 .830
5 Missouri .8077 8 6 2109 .8112 6 1243 .8019 5 4 10 5 7 6 5 .810
6 Clemson .7726 7 4 2148 .8262 4 1289 .8316 10 12 4 9 10 14 7 .660
7 Oklahoma State .7615 10 7 2013 .7742 7 1225 .7903 8 7 5 10 14 5 10 .720
8 Stanford .6665 9 8 1759 .6765 10 981 .6329 9 8 8 7 8 11 12 .690
9 Baylor .6456 4 9 1679 .6458 8 1009 .6510 11 9 6 12 13 10 9 .640
10 South Carolina .6101 11 10 1620 .6231 9 1003 .6471 12 13 11 11 16 7 13 .560
11 Michigan State .5780 13 11 1595 .6135 11 962 .6206 14 14 15 13 9 13 14 .500
12 Arizona State .5052 17 16 976 .3754 18 574 .3703 6 6 13 6 4 9 6 .770
13 Oregon .4950 5 12 1284 .4938 12 777 .5013 15 11 12 15 12 17 16 .490
14 Northern Illinois .4620 16 17 936 .3600 20 459 .2961 7 10 9 8 6 3 8 .730
15 Wisconsin .4448 19 15 1035 .3981 14 661 .4265 13 17 14 16 11 12 11 .510
16 Fresno State .4124 15 13 1206 .4638 13 687 .4432 17 21 20 14 NR 15 15 .330
17 LSU .3737 22 14 1155 .4442 15 646 .4168 19 22 19 24 18 19 18 .260
18 Oklahoma .3380 20 19 856 .3292 17 581 .3748 18 15 17 18 21 18 20 .310
19 UCF .3364 18 20 855 .3288 19 512 .3303 16 19 16 17 23 16 17 .350
20 Louisville .2522 21 18 930 .3577 16 603 .3890 27 NR 18 25 NR NR NR .010
21 Texas A&M .2243 12 21 698 .2685 21 410 .2645 23 23 23 23 20 23 21 .140
22 UCLA .1921 14 22 391 .1504 22 257 .1658 19 18 21 21 15 20 19 .260
23 USC .1779 23 23 385 .1481 23 210 .1355 21 16 22 19 17 21 22 .250
24 Duke .0885 NR 24 298 .1146 24 203 .1310 26 24 NR 22 NR NR NR .020
25 Notre Dame .0674 NR 25 55 .0212 NR 17 .0110 22 20 NR 20 19 24 23 .170
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