Final 2013-2014 College Football Rankings: Northern Illinois Falls Out Of AP & Coaches Polls

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The final results are in and after slipping in its final two games NIU has dropped out of the major college football polls entirely.

With Florida State's impressive come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Auburn in last night's final BCS National Championship game, the 2013 College Football season has came to a close. It's been a fun one, that saw several historic moments and games on the national stage.

But even on the Mid-American Conference front, it was a fun year. All season long MAC fans watched as NIU flirted with, and then slowly climbed up the major college football polls. Unfortunatley, it didn't all go as planned. After flirting with a BCS bid, NIU fell to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship and followed it up with a 21-14 loss to Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl (which we attended). So now that all the dust has settled and the final chapter in the book that is the 2013 college football season is finished, the final polls have came out.

Bad news for the MAC, and specifically Northern Illinois. The two-straight losses were noticed, and voters didn't like it. After checking in at No. 23 in the previous Coaches Poll, and No. 24 in the AP Poll, the Huskies have dropped from the polls completely. They've landed in that shady "Other's Receiving Votes" nether-region.

It seems fair considering in the two biggest games of NIU's season it crumbled under pressure. The Huskies finish the 2013 season with 22 points in the AP Poll and 21 points in the Coaches Poll. No other MAC team ever cracked the Top 25 of either poll this season, and no other MAC team received votes in these final rankings.

Here's a look at the final AP Poll.

Ranking School Last Week
1 Florida State 1
2 Auburn 2
3 Michigan State 4
4 South Carolina 8
5 Missouri 9
6 Oklahoma 11
7 Alabama 3
8 Clemson 12
9 Oregon 10
10 UCF 15
11 Stanford 5
12 Ohio State 7
13 Baylor 6
14 LSU 14
15 Louisville 18
16 UCLA 17
17 Oklahoma State 13
18 Texas A&M 20
19 USC 26
20 Notre Dame 25
21 Arizona State 16
22 Wisconsin 19
23 Duke 22
24 Vanderbilt 29
25 Washington 33

And here's a look at the full Coaches Poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
14-0 1475 59 1 1/10
2 Auburn
Tigers
12-2 1388 0 2 2/NR
3 Michigan State
Spartans
13-1 1375 0 4 1 3/NR
4 South Carolina
Gamecocks
11-2 1219 0 8 4 4/20
5 Missouri
Tigers
12-2 1200 0 9 4 5/NR
6 Oklahoma
Sooners
11-2 1189 0 10 4 6/18
7 Clemson
Tigers
11-2 1091 0 11 4 4/11
8 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-2 1086 0 3 5 1/8
9 Oregon
Ducks
11-2 975 0 12 3 2/12
10 Stanford
Cardinal
11-3 872 0 7 3 4/13
10 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-2 872 0 6 4 2/10
12 Central Florida
Knights
12-1 865 0 15 3 12/NR
13 Baylor
Bears
11-2 796 0 5 8 4/NR
14 LSU
Tigers
10-3 719 0 14 6/19
15 Louisville
Cardinals
12-1 703 0 16 1 6/17
16 UCLA
Bruins
10-3 597 0 18 2 10/22
17 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
10-3 587 0 13 4 6/20
18 Texas A&M
Aggies
9-4 443 0 21 3 6/25
19 USC
Trojans
10-4 313 0 NR 19/NR
20 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-4 302 0 17 3 13/NR
21 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-4 266 0 19 2 14/NR
22 Duke
Blue Devils
10-4 202 0 21 1 20/NR
23 Vanderbilt
Commodores
9-4 180 0 NR 23/NR
24 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
9-4 125 0 NR 13/NR
25 Nebraska
Cornhuskers
9-4 123 0 NR 15/NR

Others Receiving VotesWashington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

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