The Northern Illinois Huskies (11-2) were clearly the best team in the MAC all season and that held true during the MAC Championship Game.
The next question becomes, “Is Northern Illinois the best team among the remaining Group of Five?”
The Huskies dominated the Bowling Green Falcons 51-17 to claim Rod Carey‘s first MAC title as the head coach at Northern Illinois. It’s Northern Illinois’ third title in four years. The lone loss came last year against Bowling Green.
NIU matchine keeps rolling.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 6, 2014
The victory goes beyond another championship and continued dominance within the MAC.
Northern Illinois still has an outside shot at representing the Group of Five with an automatic berth in a New Year’s bowl game. The Huskies were cognizant of their standing and attempted to add some style points with a late touchdown to set a new MAC record.
The Boise State Broncos are currently ranked 22nd overall. However, a loss by Boise State could make Northern Illinois the highest-ranked team from a non-power conference. The Broncos have come up small in big late-season games in prior years, but Boise State faces a 6-6 Fresno State Bulldogs squad in the Mountain West Championship Game Saturday.
A loss by Boise State, and Northern Illinois could once again be playing in a major bowl game. If the Broncos win, the Huskies can take solace in the fact they’re the most dominant team in any conference in college football after five-straight MAC Champoinship Game appearances.