While many other media outlets have predicted the Huskies to finish second in the Mid-American Conference and rank Northern Illinois well out of their top 50, Sporting News as a little more respect for the defending MAC West champions, ranking NIU 34th in its top 50 countdown.
Sporting News ranks the Huskies just ahead of Maryland and behind No. 33 Georgia.
With nine starters returning on offense, including first-team All-MAC quarterback Chandler Harnish, and some promising young players ready to step up on defense, expectations are high once again. Anything less than a MAC championship will be a disappointment, and it should be.