NIU finishes outside top 25

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Despite an 11-win season and a nine-game winning streak, plus a conference title and a bowl victory, Northern Illinois did not finish in the top 25 in either of the two final major polls.

In the USA Today Coaches poll, NIU finished this season No. 26, the same as last season. In The Associated Press top 25 poll, the Huskies checked in at No. 28. Both polls are below.

USA Today poll:

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Alabama (59) 12-1 1,475 2

2. LSU 13-1 1,404 1

3. Oklahoma State 12-1 1,367 3

4. Oregon 12-2 1,290 5

5. Arkansas 11-2 1,188 7

6. Boise State 12-1 1,162 6

7. Stanford 11-2 1,106 4

8. South Carolina 11-2 1,084 9

9. Michigan 11-2 925 12

10. Michigan State 11-3 912 13

11. Wisconsin 11-3 911 8

12. Baylor 10-3 775 16

13. TCU 11-2 710 15

14. Houston 13-1 673 17

15. Oklahoma 10-3 610 19

16. Kansas State 10-3 602 10

17. Virginia Tech 11-3 574 11

18. West Virginia 10-3 554 22

19. Southern Miss 12-2 429 21

20. Georgia 10-4 345 18

21. Cincinnati 10-3 248 24

22. Clemson 10-4 237 14

23. Florida State 9-4 205 25

24. Nebraska 9-4 144 20

25. Brigham Young 10-3 79 NR

Others receiving votes: Northern Illinois 36; Missouri 33; Texas 29; Auburn 28; Rutgers 11; Penn State 10; Texas A&M 5; Virginia 4; Temple 2; Washington 2; Arkansas State 1; Florida 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Mississippi State 1; Notre Dame 1; Ohio 1.


AP top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (55) 12-1 1,495 2

2. LSU (1) 13-1 1,425 1

3. Oklahoma St. (4) 12-1 1,399 3

4. Oregon 12-2 1,250 6

5. Arkansas 11-2 1,198 7

6. Southern Cal 10-2 1,181 5

7. Stanford 11-2 1,167 4

8. Boise St. 12-1 1,127 8

9. South Carolina 11-2 1,013 10

10. Wisconsin 11-3 905 9

11. Michigan St. 11-3 873 12

12. Michigan 11-2 839 13

13. Baylor 10-3 780 15

14. TCU 11-2 653 16

15. Kansas St. 10-3 621 11

16. Oklahoma 10-3 572 19

17. West Virginia 10-3 547 23

18. Houston 13-1 518 20

19. Georgia 10-4 439 18

20. Southern Miss. 12-2 411 22

21. Virginia Tech 11-3 329 17

22. Clemson 10-4 188 14

23. Florida St. 9-4 154 25

24. Nebraska 9-4 143 21

25. Cincinnati 10-3 103 NR

Others receiving votes: BYU 51, Auburn 40, N. Illinois 33, Missouri 23, Texas 15, Rutgers 3, N. Dakota St. 2, Penn St. 2, Virginia 1.

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Now that NIU's true road winning streak is over, which road win was your favorite?
2013 at Toledo
2013 at Iowa
2013 at Purdue
2014 at Northwestern
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