ESPN.com was allowed complete access to the Northern Illinois Huskies during Orange Bowl week, and Adam Rittenberg details how the MAC school prepared for its big shot at the BCS.
From Western Michigan shutting down Garrett Wolfe and NIU to Notre Dame getting healthy for UCLA, the non-BCS and independents are covered here.
From Hawaii's success to Notre Dame's struggles, here's a look at the non-BCS teams' midseason report.
Boise State's charge into a BCS bowl and Colt Brennan's record year highlights the non-BCS conferences overview.
Take a midseason look at the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and the Independents.
A league that had never sent more than two squads to the postseason reaped five bowl bids this year.
In the last two weeks the MAC standings have been shuffled more than a poker deck at the Bellagio.
Akron's remarkable comeback devastated Marshall and spun the MAC East Division into a tizzy.
The Thundering Herd will make a major contribution to the draft, but they'll be distributing defenders this time around.
Last Saturday's games showed that quarterbacks from the frigid Midwest can pass the ball as well as anyone in the country.
Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe was overlooked by several schools, but is finally earning some recognition.
Will Marshall, Northern Illinois or Toledo be left out when the MAC goes bowling?
Ohio's spread offense ambushed Kentucky, giving the Bobcats' program a historic victory.
Marshall and Miami renew a rivalry Wednesday that has been defined by exceptional play, hot tempers and flashes of controversy.
The MAC failed to register any wins over BCS-member opponents in the first three weeks of the 2004 season.
Marshall could finish its non-league slate at 0-3, but still remains the favorite to win the MAC.