Jordan Lynch has led his NIU Huskies to the top of the EQ ranks. - Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Ranking the Earned Qualifying (EQ) Teams | Ain't you LEARNED? Nothing automatic, everything EARNED.
New this week: San Jose State Spartans
Dropped Out: Central Florida Knights
EQ Top Ten (Week 12)
- NIU (10-1): NIU's Jordan Lynch became the first ever quarterback to throw for over 400 yards and run for more than 150 yards in one game, finishing with 407 yards passing and 162 yards rushing. The Huskies never faced a third down in a third quarter where they rolled up 347 yards and 21 points to the Toledo's 69 yards and zero points. The win was the 21st in a row at Huskie Stadium for the Huskies and gave NIU its third straight MAC West Division title.
- Kent State (10-1): Kent State's win extended the school's record for consecutive wins, set a school record for wins in a season, and clinched the school's first ever MAC East Division title. Dri Archer could very well be the most dynamic, and fastest, player in all of college football. Archer ran for 241 yards on only 17 carries and had electrifying touchdown runs of 79 and 74 yards against a Defense that came into the game statistically ranked as the 14th best against the run.
- Utah State (9-2): The Aggies jumped out early but stalled in the fourth quarter, punting on all four 4th quarter possessions, and allowed the game to be tied in regulation before eventually winning in overtime. The win was the first ever over a ranked opponent on the road for the Aggies. Utah State claimed its first ever WAC Championship, and the last WAC Championship in history, with its win over Louisiana Tech.
- Louisiana Tech (9-2): The Bulldogs fell behind 14-0 to start the game and only scored three points in the first half. The Offense turned it on in the third quarter scoring three touchdowns but still got outscored in the quarter 24-21 to extend the deficit. It took a 17-0 4th quarter by the Bulldogs to tie the game and send it into overtime, where they fell for the first time in conference play and lost out on the Division title.
- Ball State (8-3): Ball State was in a competitive game against the preseason darling Ohio Bobcats when they lost starting quarterback Keith Wenning on a play where he was split out as a receiver. The Cardinals turned to their running game and ran the Bobcats out of Indiana to the tune of 292 second-half rushing yards and punctuated the win with three 4th quarter touchdowns.
- San Jose State (9-2): The Spartans should have probably been on the list earlier but their schedule after their bad loss to Utah State consisted of two FCS move-ups and the two FBS teams orphaned by the realignment process. The win over Brigham Young was solid but their upcoming game against Louisiana Tech should serve as an even better gauge.
- Boise State (9-2): Boise State beat Colorado State easily as should have been expected and now gets to rest a week before finishing the regular season against Nevada in Reno in a game that many thought, early in the season, would be for the MWC title. The Broncos still have a chance at a split of the conference title with a win.
- Tulsa (9-2): Tulsa emerged the victor in the battle of the two top C-USA teams. More than likely, there will be a rematch in Tulsa in two weeks but with the conference crown at stake.
- Toledo (8-3): The Rockets hung tough early and held a halftime lead but could not stop the Huskies in the third quarter. Toledo gave up 24 straight points after halftime that ended up being too much to overcome. David Fluellen, who came into the game as one of the NCAA leading rushers, was held to just 79 yards on 22 carries for an average of less than 4 yards per carry.
- Fresno State (8-3): The Bulldogs were on a BYE week.