Kent State and Northern Illinois each are enjoying record-breaking seasons after running the table in the Mid-American Conference.
There may be much more on the line than just the MAC championship when the 18th-ranked Golden Flashes face the No. 19 Huskies on Friday night at Ford Field.
The champions of the so-called major conferences - Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC - receive automatic bids to a BCS game, and the remaining at-large invitations are normally given to members of those leagues.
The winner of Friday's MAC title game, though, could be an exception. If a champion from the mid-major conferences is ranked in the top 16 and above a champion from an automatic-qualifying conference in the final BCS standings, the mid-major champ receives an automatic BCS bid.
The MAC is among that group, and the Big East currently isn't represented in the BCS rankings.
Kent State (11-1, 8-0) enters Friday's showdown ranked 17th in the BCS, with Northern Illinois (11-1, 8-0...