Northern Illinois lands at No. 16 in the AP Poll, which does not figure in the BCS formula. The Huskies need to finish in the top 16 to bust the BCS. Notre Dame finishes the year No. 1.
With the college football season complete, the eyes of the nation do not turn to the top of the final regular season Associated Press Top 25 poll, where the Notre Dame Fighting Irish finish the year as an unanimous No. 1, but instead to the middle, to find the Northern Illinois Huskies at No. 16.
That position, if replicated in tonight's final BCS standings of the season, would give the Huskies just enough to bust the BCS and knock Oklahoma out of a spot in a BCS bowl. The AP Poll does not count toward the BCS formula, which includes the Harris Interactive Poll, Coaches' Poll and the six computer rankings, but the AP Poll has long served as an indicator of what might be in store in the BCS rankings.
The MAC champion Huskies will try to crack the top 16 in the BCS, a position which would assure the Huskies of a BCS bid as a result of finishing ahead of the Big East's BCS representative this year, the Louisville Cardinals.
Here's the entire AP Top 25:
|1||Notre Dame (60)||1,500|
|24||San Jose State||157|