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No. 54: Northern Illinois

Last year’s team was not quite as good as the 2010 version, the last piloted by Jerry Kill, but it matched that team in the one place it counts: 11 wins. In doing so, Northern Illinois joined a select upper slice of programs to have won at least 11 games in each of the last two years – joining Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, T.C.U., Boise State, Oregon, Stanford, L.S.U. and Alabama. And of those 11, the Huskies are one of two to have achieved this feat with two different coaches, joining the Cardinal. N.I.U. is also one of only two teams to have won 11 games in each of the last two years while notching an A.P.R. score of higher than 980, joining Boise State. You can tweak statistics to suit your purpose, but no matter how you cut it, one thing is clear: the Huskies’ play over the last two years placed this program in some very elite company.

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