The Northern Illinois University Huskies debuted at No. 18 in the initial Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings of 2013 after a 38-17 victory over Central Michigan improved the Huskies' record to 7-0 on the season.
NIU is ranked 22nd in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll, 21st by the Harris Poll voters and is 23rd for the third consecutive week in the Associated Press rankings.
NIU puts its school and MAC record streak of 23 consecutive home stadium victories on the line Saturday when the Huskies play host to MAC West foe Eastern Michigan in a 2:30 p.m. (CT) game.
NIU has won five road games en route to its 7-0 record, the most road wins of any FBS team this season, and rank second in the country with a 13-game road winning streak.
The Huskies have won 20 consecutive games versus Mid-American Conference opponents dating back to Oct. 1, 2011 and own the longest conference winning streak in the country.
NIU is 41-8 since the start of the 2010 season and has won 28 of its last 30 games dating back to Oct. 1, 2011.
Rod Carey is 7-1 as NIU's head coach after making his head coaching debut in the 2013 Orange Bowl. He was NIU's offensive coordinator in the last 12 games of 2012 and offensive line coach for the past two years.
NIU outscored Central Michigan 31-3 over the final three quarters behind the running of Jordan Lynch, who compiled an FBS quarterback record 316 rushing yards on 32 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
The Huskie defense held CMU to 97 offensive yards in the second half and to just 75 rushing yards in the game.
NIU defeated Iowa and Purdue in non-conference play to become the first MAC team to defeat two Big Ten teams in the regular season; the Huskies' 55 points at Purdue are the most points ever scored by a league team versus a Big Ten foe.
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