Before Northern Illinois can defend its Mid-American Conference title, the Huskies have one more regular-season hurdle to clear.
Ranked for the first time in two years, the No. 24 Huskies look to tie a school record with their 11th straight victory and continue their dominance over host Eastern Michigan on Friday.
Northern Illinois (10-1, 7-0) has won 15 consecutive games over MAC opponents - the longest league winning streak in the nation. Paced by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch, the Huskies secured their third straight trip to the conference title game with a 31-24 home win over Toledo last Wednesday.
That victory also helped Northern Illinois crack the Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 28, 2010. The Huskies, who opened the season with an 18-17 loss to Iowa at Soldier Field, have won 19 of 20 overall. The program last won 11 in a row over the 1964-65 seasons.
"We set high expectations for ourselves," Lynch said. "We feel like we can win every game. When we step out on...