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Non-Conference Record: 25-31
Versus Top 25: 0-10
Ranked Teams: 1
Title Favorite: Northern Illinois
Biggest Surprise: Buffalo
Biggest Disappointment: Kent State
Northern Illinois remains unbeaten with a 27-20 win over Akron last week. It's now 6-0 (2-0 MAC) and has a legitimate shot at running the table and earning a BCS at-large bowl bid. The Huskies have two wins over Big Ten members Iowa and Purdue.
The remaining big games for Northern Illinois are Nov. 13 at home against Ball State (6-1, 3-0), which is in first place in front of the Huskies in the West, and Nov. 20 at Toledo (3-3, 2-1) the following week.
The top of the MAC is very good, with Ball State, Bowling Green, Ohio and a surprisingly good Buffalo Bulls team.
The Bulls crushed a terribly bad Western Michigan squad 33-0. Buffalo played Ohio State tough and cruised 41-12 over AAC member Connecticut. At 4-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play, the Bulls have a good shot at starting 4-0 in conference play with the next two games versus UMass and at underachieving Kent State.
The Kent State Golden Flashes were picked to finish third in the West at MAC media days but have been a major letdown with a record of 2-5 (1-3). Granted, all the losses have come to good teams; however, Kent State just hasn't lived up to expectations.
Overall, the conference dropped two spots from last week after Bowling Green lost to SEC foe Mississippi State and Eastern Michigan was drubbed by Army. The top six have been great, but the bottom seven are dreadful with a combined record of 8-38, placing the MAC back in the last three.