No. 16 Northern Illinois tries to focus on only MAC title game and Bowling Green, not BCS bowl

No. 16 Northern Illinois is trying to focus only on the Mid-American Conference championship game.

That might not be easy.

If the Huskies beat Bowling Green on Friday night in Detroit, they will likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid.

Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey says the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced this season.

Bowling Green will need to be really good on offense, defense and special teams to do enough to beat the Huskies and quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Heisman Trophy candidate has accounted for 4,212 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. Lynch is 25-2 as a starter and hasn't lost a MAC game.