Northern Illinois is not going away. They trounced Eastern Michigan and now prepare to take on UMass this coming week as they look to move to 9-0. Despite losing their head coach Dave Doeren to N.C. State, the Huskies continue to roll this season and are a threat to crash the BCS party again this year. The Minutemen are unlikely to provide much of a threat against Northern Illinois but the following weeks should be extremely interesting to watch and will be on National TV for people to watch.
After this game against UMass, the Huskies get back to back games on ESPN in the middle of the week as the MACtion season gets going. The Huskies take on Ball State a week from Wednesday in a matchup of the best quarterbacks in the MAC. Dual threat Jordan Lynch for the Huskies faces off against the purer passer Keith Wenning of Ball State. In addition, the Cardinals have only lost one game to this point, so this game could be the biggest game of the MAC season.
If Northern Illinois can win that game, they follow it up with a talented Toledo team. The record is extremely misleading for the Rockets but they have been an extremely dangerous team. Their three losses are to Florida, Missouri and then Ball State.
The MAC season is about to get heated up and there should be a series of great games in the middle of the week for fans to watch. Northern Illinois has the potential to end up back in the BCS this year, but it will not be easy. The MAC is filled with competitive teams at the top of the standings and the Huskies have to play a few of them right in a row and may ultimately end up playing Khalil Mack and the Buffalo Bulls in the MAC Championship if they can make it through with an undefeated slate.