College Football Rankings Week 11: NIU Doesn't Receive Bump After Blowout Win Over UMass

Jim Rogash

The Huskies can't catch a break as they actually found themselves slipping a spot in one of the major college football polls this week after a 44-point victory over UMass Saturday.

The Northern Illinois Huskies' 63-19 dismantling of UMass on Saturday didn't come off as too impressive in the eyes of voters, as the Huskies actually found themselves slipping in one poll.

The newest USA Today Coaches and AP Poll's were released Sunday morning, and NIU came in at No. 20 for the second straight week in the Coaches Poll, while slipping a spot to No. 22 in a AP Poll this week. Meanwhile, Fresno State, a fellow non-AQ school climbing up the polls, bumped up one spot to No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs also fell a spot in the AP Poll, slipping to No. 17.

Luckily for the Huskies (and Bulldogs) the AP Poll has no bearing on the BCS Rankings, where NIU came in at No. 17 this past week. The updated standings come out tonight.

NIU's lack of progression this week likely comes from the fact that its defense gave up more than 300 yards to an anemic Minutemen offense that was without its starting quarterback. A strong performance by Michigan State (which jumped up five spots to No. 19 in the Coaches Poll following a blowout win over Michigan Saturday) also had a lot to do with NIU's stagnant ranking this week.

What should also worry Huskies fans is the fact that UCF, despite having a bye-week, actually shot up a spot in the Coaches Poll to No. 21 (one behind NIU). The Coaches Poll does count for the BCS rankings. UCF and Houston are in a race for the American-Athletic Conference, if the AAC champion finishes in the Top 16 in the final BCS rankings, it could erase all hopes of NIU making a BCS Bowl game.

The Huskies are off this week, but take on Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13 on national television, before taking on Toledo the following week. Those two games should provide the Huskies plenty of opportunity to move up, if they perform well and win both.

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

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
8-0 1540 54 1 1/1
2 Oregon
Ducks
8-0 1475 5 2 2/3
3 Florida State
Seminoles
8-0 1436 3 3 3/12
4 Ohio State
Buckeyes
9-0 1369 0 4 2/4
5 Baylor
Bears
7-0 1299 0 5 5/NR
6 Stanford
Cardinal
7-1 1222 0 7 1 4/13
7 Clemson
Tigers
8-1 1121 0 8 1 4/10
8 Oklahoma
Sooners
7-1 971 0 9 1 8/18
9 Missouri
Tigers
8-1 961 0 10 1 7/NR
10 Auburn
Tigers
8-1 959 0 11 1 10/NR
11 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
7-1 864 0 12 1 11/20
12 LSU
Tigers
7-2 835 0 13 1 6/13
13 Texas A&M
Aggies
7-2 800 0 14 1 6/15
14 Miami
Hurricanes
7-1 747 0 6 8 6/NR
15 South Carolina
Gamecocks
7-2 722 0 16 1 6/20
16 Louisville
Cardinals
7-1 569 0 17 1 6/17
17 Fresno State
Bulldogs
8-0 567 0 18 1 17/NR
18 UCLA
Bruins
6-2 494 0 19 1 10/21
19 Michigan State
Spartans
8-1 446 0 24 5 19/NR
20 Northern Illinois
Huskies
9-0 409 0 20 20/NR
21 Central Florida
Knights
6-1 340 0 22 1 21/NR
22 Wisconsin
Badgers
6-2 333 0 23 1 18/NR
23 Texas Tech
Red Raiders
7-2 217 0 15 8 9/NR
24 Arizona State
Sun Devils
6-2 130 0 NR 23/NR
25 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
7-2 108 0 25 11/NR

And here's the AP Top 25:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (52) 8-0 1,491 1
2 Oregon (2) 8-0 1,418 2
3 Florida State (6) 8-0 1,409 3
4 Ohio State 9-0 1,315 4
5 Baylor 7-0 1,234 5
6 Stanford 7-1 1,214 6
7 Auburn 8-1 1,082 8
8 Clemson 8-1 1,059 9
9 Missouri 8-1 956 10
10 LSU 7-2 863 11
11 Texas A&M 7-2 861 12
12 Oklahoma 7-1 816 13
13 South Carolina 7-2 769 14
14 Miami (FL) 7-1 737 7
15 Oklahoma State 7-1 662 18
16 UCLA 6-2 515 17
17 Fresno State 8-0 493 16
18 Michigan State 8-1 478 24
19 UCF 6-1 472 19
20 Louisville 7-1 385 20
21 Wisconsin 6-2 342 22
22 Northern Illinois 9-0 322 21
23 Arizona State 6-2 197 25
24 Notre Dame 7-2 164 NR
25 Texas Tech 7-2 102 15
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, Brigham Young 28, Mississippi 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Michigan 6, Washington 6, Ball State 4, Duke 1

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