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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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    MAC the Best QB League in the F.B.S.?

    More often than not, former B.C.S. conference quarterbacks win Super Bowls. Mississippi won its second in five years last night; Michigan lost its second in five years. California took home the hardware last February. It was Purdue lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Tennessee’s expense in 2010. It’s a new era, but the story remains the same. Alabama quarterbacks won the first three Super Bowls – Bart Starr and Joe Namath – followed by Purdue and Louisville; a former Boilermaker, either Len Dawson or Bob Griese, won three rings over a five-year span from 1970-74. Over the last decade, only one non-B.CS. conference has put a Super Bowl-winning quarterback into the N.F.L.: the MAC, Ben Roethlisberger, twice.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.