Conference championship week is finally here, and spots in the College Football Playoff are on the line across the country.
— Clint Ratkovich ran for two touchdowns and his 25-yard jaunt in overtime carried Northern Illinois past Buffalo 33-27 in overtime Wednesday night.
- Northern Illinois extends Hammock thru 2026
- QB Lombardi transfers to N. Illinois from MSU
- 'MACtion' kicks off conference's six-game slate
- MAC to kick off six-game football season Nov. 4
From Lamar Jackson having a street named after him to players hyped up about wins, we've got the best of the best from Week 11 covered.
Honoring the armed forces, color coordination and helmet heat highlight college football's best uniforms for Week 11
Fire fits are on full display in Week 11, as teams show their thanks to the military and eye for color.
— John Richardson kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired and Northern Illinois defeated Ball State 30-29 on Wednesday night in a game that saw three lead changes in the final 2-plus minutes.
Northern Illinois and football coach Thomas Hammock have agreed on a contract extension through the 2026-27 academic year, the school announced on Tuesday.
— Dustin Crum passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores, and Kent State used a 31-point second quarter to beat Northern Illinois 52-47 on Wednesday night.
— Rocky Lombardi threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns and freshman Kanon Woodill kicked the go-ahead field goal with under a minute to go in his first collegiate action to give Northern Illinois a 39-38 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.
The Spartans' Mel Tucker, along with Kentucky's Mark Stoops and Wake's Dave Clawson, are among those whose stock has risen in our midseason check-in.
— Jay Ducker carried it 33 times for 210 yards, freshman Trayvon Rudolph had a 100-yard kickoff return and a 20-yard touchdown reception and Northern Illinois beat Bowling Green 34-26 on Saturday for its fourth straight victory.
— John Richardson kicked five field goals, including a 29-yarder with 26 seconds remaining in the game, and Northern Illinois rallied last in a 22-20 victory over Toledo in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.
— Antario Brown rushed for 101 yards and Northern Illinois scored the game's first 17 points then held on to defeat Eastern Michigan 27-20 on Saturday in a game delayed by lightning between the first and second quarters.
— A year ago, Michigan fans couldn’t be at the Big House as Rocky Lombardi led Michigan State to a 27-24 upset of the Wolverines.
— Sean Chambers ran nine yards for the winning touchdown with 1:35 remaining and Wyoming blunted a furious Northern Illinois comeback with a 50-43 win on Saturday.
— Thomas Hammock had no interest in his underdog Northern Illinois team settling for an overtime against Georgia Tech.