College Football Rankings, Final 2013 Regular Season Polls: Northern Illinois Drops

NIU defensive end Ken Bishop sits, stunned, after NIU's 47-27 loss in the MAC Championship Friday. - Duane Burleson

The last human polls of the 2013 regular season are out, and things aren't pretty for Northern Illinois.

After losing to Bowling Green in Friday's Mid-American Conference Championship game the Northern Illinois Huskies took a massive hit in the polls today. With their BCS hopes dashed, the Coaches Poll all but confirmed it as the Huskies dropped five spots to No. 23.

NIU struggled to gain respect in the human polls all season long, and handed the doubters the fuel to the fire Friday, losing by 20 points. The Huskies undefeated season came to a screeching halt with the loss, and the rankings this week took notice.

The Coaches Poll ranking confirms that the Huskies will take a large drop in the BCS rankings, where they already lagged behind in the human components of the three-part system that decides the standings. NIU sat at No. 14 last week, but will surely drop out of the Top 20 in this week's standings. The drop isn't as severe as the one NIU took in the final Coaches Poll of 2012 after losing to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but it is still massive.

NIU also dropped to No. 24 in the AP Poll, falling eight spots from last week's spot in the major human poll which has no bearing on the BCS standings. It's interesting to note that Bowling Green received 10 votes in the AP Poll this week.

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

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
13-0 1550 62 1 1/12
2 Auburn
Tigers
12-1 1486 0 3 1 2/NR
3 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-1 1414 0 4 1 1/4
4 Michigan State
Spartans
12-1 1342 0 9 5 4/NR
5 Baylor
Bears
11-1 1275 0 7 2 4/NR
6 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-1 1211 0 2 4 2/6
7 Stanford
Cardinal
11-2 1188 0 10 3 4/13
8 South Carolina
Gamecocks
10-2 1108 0 7 1 6/20
9 Missouri
Tigers
11-2 1088 0 5 4 5/NR
10 Oklahoma
Sooners
10-2 913 0 15 5 8/18
11 Clemson
Tigers
10-2 899 0 11 4/11
12 Oregon
Ducks
10-2 887 0 12 2/12
13 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
10-2 845 0 6 7 6/20
14 LSU
Tigers
9-3 719 0 14 6/19
15 Central Florida
Knights
11-1 658 0 17 2 15/NR
16 Louisville
Cardinals
11-1 611 0 16 6/17
17 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-3 602 0 13 4 13/NR
18 UCLA
Bruins
9-3 520 0 19 1 10/22
19 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-3 408 0 21 2 14/NR
20 Fresno State
Bulldogs
11-1 344 0 22 2 13/NR
21 Duke
Blue Devils
10-3 247 0 20 1 20/NR
21 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-4 247 0 25 4 6/25
23 Northern Illinois
Huskies
12-1 149 0 18 5 18/NR
24 Georgia
Bulldogs
8-4 135 0 NR 5/NR
25 Miami
Hurricanes
9-3 73 0 NR 6/NR

Here's a look at the full AP Poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Florida State (56) 13-0 1,496 1
2 Auburn (4) 12-1 1,444 3
3 Alabama 11-1 1,376 4
4 Michigan State 12-1 1,278 10
5 Stanford 11-2 1,217 7
6 Baylor 11-1 1,185 9
7 Ohio State 12-1 1,130 2
8 South Carolina 10-2 1,099 8
9 Missouri 11-2 1,066 5
10 Oregon 10-2 880 12
11 Oklahoma 10-2 878 18
12 Clemson 10-2 848 13
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 797 6
14 LSU 9-3 726 14
15 UCF 11-1 629 15
16 Arizona State 10-3 614 11
17 UCLA 9-3 544 17
18 Louisville 11-1 525 19
19 Wisconsin 9-3 383 21
20 Texas A&M 8-4 282 22
21 Fresno State 11-1 227 24
22 Duke 10-3 201 20
23 Georgia 8-4 196 25
24 Northern Illinois 12-1 144 16
25 Notre Dame 8-4 76 NR
Others Receiving Votes: USC 74, Iowa 48, Miami (FL) 47, Vanderbilt 25, Texas 22, Cincinnati 11, Bowling Green 10, Washington 9, Rice 7, North Dakota State 4, Minnesota 2
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