FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and his eye-popping numbers have stolen the spotlight here, but don’t sleep on the Huskies’ defense -- Florida State certainly isn’t. NIU is ranked No. 18 in the country in scoring defense, No. 34 in total defense, No. 11 in sacks and No. 9 in tackles for loss. It’s a major improvement from just a year ago, when the program was No. 90 in the country in scoring defense, allowing 31.08 points per game. That progress has been overshadowed by Lynch, who is easily the face of the program, but the unheralded defense has no problem with who is getting the ink as long as the team keeps winning. The Huskies have yet to face an offense, though, as fast and talented as Florida State's.
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