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Northern Illinois

The Huskies are now 8-1 coming off an impressive road victory at Western Michigan.

Their only loss was a 18-17 loss week 1 at Iowa in a game they easily could have won.

They are 5-0 in the MAC West along with the Toledo Rockets who are also 8-1.

Both teams meet in two weeks at Northern Illinois. The winner in all likely-hood will represent the MAC West in the championship game.

With games against the two worst teams in the nation, Umass and Eastern Michigan, the game against Toledo in two weeks is critical for the overall success of the Northern Illinois football program in 2012.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers are one win away from being bowl eligible for the second time in school history. The Hilltoppers are 6-2 with wins over Kentucky and Troy. In his 3rd year, head coach Willie Taggart has his team playing well. Along with Louisiana Monroe they are the class of the Sun Belt. 

The Hilltoppers have 3 winnable games remaining: home to Florida Atlantic, at Louisiana Lafayette and home to North Texas; all winnable games.

The Hilltoppers finished 7-5 last year but failed to secure a bowl bid. With a record of 8-3 or 9-2 record they will not be snubbed in 2012.



Southern Mississippi Eagles

The Southern Mississippi Eagles went 12-2 last year! They have not had a losing season since before 2002. What the hell is happening with this team????

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Southern Miss is one of two FBS teams without a win. At 0-8 this team hasn’t even been competitive in any of their games. The three remaining games: at SMU, UTEP and at Memphis are not easy games especially for a team playing as bad as the Eagles.

This is Ellis Johnson’s first year as head coach but I’m not sure how long he lasts given the success of his predecessors.

UAB Blazers

With a 1-7 record (their lone win coming at the expense of Southeastern Louisiana) this Blazer team hasn’t posted a winning record since 2004.

While the program hasn’t been good it hasn’t been this bad either. With winnable games against Marshall and Memphis it could get a little better but I doubt it. The good news for the Blazers is that they have a first year head coach in Garrick McGee who needs some time to turn the program around.