Northern Illinois Huskies

Western Michigan knocking off Toledo seals New Years Six for AAC

Odds are the New Years Six bowl spot reserved for the highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion was destined to go to the champion of the American Athletic Conference, be it Houston, Temple or maybe even South Florida. That became even more likely to be the case with Toledo (9-2, 6-2 MAC) being knocked off the radar Friday afternoon by Western Michigan (7-5, 6-2 MAC). Western Michigan’s 35-30 victory over the Rockets awards the MAC…


Wife Knows Best: Week 15 College Football Picks

It is conference championship week in college football. Champions in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, Pac-12 and SEC will all be crowned starting tonight with the Pac-12 and MAC conference championship games. Things got started in wild fashion with UCF earning a split of the American Athletic Conference title Thursday night, hopefully setting the stage for one final weekend of craziness before heading to the bowl season. I…


McGuire Metric: Ranking the Group of Five

East Carolina has jumped out in front of the competition among Group of Five schools vying for the lone guaranteed New Years Day bowl spot, at least according to my experimental method of ranking performance on the field based on strength of schedule. The American Athletic Conference’s Pirates have recorded the most impressive victory among Group of Five schools and they followed it up with a blowout of another ACC school, North Carolina. As we know,…


No2MinuteWarning.com Top 25, Week 14

If there was one thing we learned this past weekend in college football, it was the way to knock down teams based on high-flying offenses is to punch them in the mouth to take them out of their element. On Saturday both Oregon and Baylor saw their super offenses crippled by kryptonite styles by Arizona and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Ducks were ambushed by Arizona in the dessert and never found a way to respond…


No2MinuteWarning.com Top 25, Week 13

We are coming down the home stretch of the college football season. Alabama and Florida State remain on top of my rankings this week, but Ohio State stands firm in my third place slot just itching to wiggle in to the top two. My preseason prediction of Alabama-Ohio State in the BCS championship is still in play, and I still say the story-lines and hype for an Alabama-Ohio State BCS championship game would dwarf one…


No2MinuteWarning.com Top 25, Week 11

So it has been a while since I did much on this website. For that, I apologize. As you hopefully know by now I have been pretty busy managing Crystal Ball Run and contributing to College Football Talk this football season, which has left this site a little bit on the back-burner. Let’s fix that today, shall we? And what better way to do it than by returning to posting my weekly Top 25? As…


No2MinuteWarning.com Top 25, Week 6

This week sees some shuffling in my top 25. Two teams in my top 25 last week took a hit on the road this weekend, with LSU losing to Georgia and Oklahoma State getting stung by West Virginia. As a result, there was plenty of movement in my poll this week with teams moving up. I also had some teams drop out after a loss this weekend, which leaves some room for some new teams…


No2MinuteWarning.com Top 25, Week 2

Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon remain locked in to the top three spots in my week two top 25 this week after opening their respective seasons with a win, but after that we have some changes to make note of. Stanford, despite not playing, moved up after Georgia took a loss and Florida left me unconvinced of deserving of such a high ranking in my preseason ranking. LSU, Clemson and Louisville all impressed me though…


Northern Illinois fans to ESPN: Suck our oranges!

It is safe to say ESPN did not handle the fact Northern Illinois clinched an automatic spot in the BCS with what you and I would call class. I would highly advise you to check out Matt Yoder’s rant and reaction on Awful Announcing, because quite honestly that sums up my reaction as well as anybody’s to the initial response form some of ESPN’s college football analysts. Is Oklahoma or Clemson a better team than…


Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch remains Heisman long shot

Anyone who pays attention to the MAC as much as I try to do knows exactly who Jordan Lynch is. Odds are you are also well familiar with the near impossibility Lynch will be sent to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Such is the life of a MAC quarterback. After all, it’s not exactly all that often a player from the conference will receive an invitation to New York City for the big…