Northern Illinois moves closer to BCS bid

Northern Illinois moves closer to BCS bid
December 2, 2012, 1:04 pm
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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) jumps onto teammate Jason Schepler after scoring a touchdown during the overtime period of the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Kent State, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Northern Illinois defeated Kent State 44-37 in two overtimes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Northern Illinois moves up two spots in the USA Today coaches' poll to No. 16, a boost that could help the Huskies earn a BCS bid.

Boise State is also in the hunt to be a BCS buster again. BSU held at No. 15, but gained points, after winning a share of the Mountain West title on Saturday.

The Huskies (12-1) beat Kent State in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday to move into position to be a BCS buster for the first time.

The Huskies, who were 21st in the BCS standings last week, and Broncos (10-2), who were 20th, need to reach the top 16 to be eligible for an automatic BCS bid.

The higher ranked of the two would go to the Bowl Championship Series.