It didn’t appear Northern Illinois would benefit much in the national polls off its win over Central Michigan.
Early Sunday, the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches’ Poll had NIU staying put at 23 and moving up a spot to 22, respectively.
But then the Bowl Championship Series standings, which take into account the coaches’ poll, Harris Poll and computer rankings to ultimately decide the BCS matchups later on in the season, were released Sunday night. There stood Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0 MAC), No. 18.
“I don’t pay attention to those rankings,” NIU head coach Rod Carey said Monday during the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference. “Obviously, you can’t get away from them. You get asked about them, and with the way social media is, it comes right to your phone.”
Asked about Lynch’s 316 yards rushing in the Huskies’ 38-17 win over CMU, setting the Football Bowl Subdivision record for most rushing yards from a quarterback in a single game, Carey pointed to his quarterback’s remarks in Mount Pleasant. It wasn’t all him — it was the entire offense.
“I’m obviously happy for Jordan, but he was the first one to say it,” Carey said. “I was really pleased, but more so with how the whole team played together. And defensively, to hold a team under 100 yards rushing, that’s quite an accomplishment too.”
Asked after the game, Enos was hesitant to call this NIU team better than last year, calling the 2012 team that won the MAC and reached a BCS bowl “outstanding.”
“We’ll see,” Enos said. “They haven’t lost a MAC game since here in 2011, so they’re doing something right. They’re a pretty good football team.”
Through seven games, Lynch has thrown for 1,488 yards and 14 touchdowns and ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards (932). He’s poised for another big game Saturday against Eastern Michigan, which boasts the second-worst rushing defense in the MAC.
What about Heisman talk? Or staying undefeated for another chance at playing in a BCS bowl?
“The Heisman stuff is nice but that’s not our first goal, and I think if you talk to Jordan it’s not his first goal,” Carey said. “It’s probably not our second or third goal.
“It’s not a matter of staying anything, it’s a matter of moving forward. No one has higher expectations for us than us and that remains true today. I like our team’s makeup of handling the moment right now.”
EMU’s English paying attention to CMU
The game’s still more than a month away, but Eastern Michigan is already paying attention to CMU. On the MAC conference call Monday, EMU head coach Ron English said he’s been watching tape of the Chippewas the last three weeks.
“They’re getting better every single week,” English said. “They went down and had that big win in Athens last week. And I think they really played (NIU) well.”
CMU hosts the Eagles (1-6, 0-3 MAC) on Nov. 29 to end the season.
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