After cracking the Top 25 for the first time this season, Northern Illinois appears to be in good shape to extend the longest current home winning streak in the FBS by prolonging Akron's futility on the road.
Looking for a 23rd straight home victory, the No. 23 Huskies try to continue their Mid-American Conference dominance by handing the Zips a 30th consecutive road defeat Saturday.
Northern Illinois (5-0, 1-0) made its return to the rankings this week after bursting onto the national scene in 2012 when it earned a stunning berth in the Orange Bowl. The Huskies finished the season 22nd in the poll after their loss to Florida State.
While many observers felt Northern Illinois had no business playing in a BCS bowl, the Huskies have picked up where they left off this season, getting off to an undefeated start despite trailing in all five games. The program is off to its best start since it was 7-0 in 2003.
Perhaps more importantly, Northern Illinois is the first MAC team to beat t...