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Ranking every FBS team at midseason: Nos. 71-80


71. Northern Illinois (4-2)

Buzz: The Huskies had a nice win over Northwestern early in the season. But they have struggled a bit of late, including a 17-point loss to Central Michigan.

72. Akron (4-2)

Buzz: The Zips, coached by Terry Bowden, never have won more than seven games in a season since moving to the Division I-A ranks (now called FBS) after the 1986 season. They easily could win nine this season. Akron won a combined three games from 2010-12.

73. Cincinnati (2-3)

Buzz: The Bearcats allow a staggering 573.6 yards per game, which is the most in the nation. That can't be making defense-minded coach Tommy Tuberville happy.

74. Middle Tennessee State (4-3)

Buzz: The Blue Raiders are one of 14 teams nationally that have scored at least 33 TDs. Twenty-one have come on the ground, which is tied for fourth-most.

75. Navy (3-4)

Buzz: QB Keenan Reynolds has been banged up, and that has hurt the Midshipmen's offense.

76. Georgia Southern (5-2)

Buzz: Moving to FBS from the FCS ranks? That's no sweat, say the Eagles, whose losses have come to ACC schools Georgia Tech and North Carolina State by a combined five points.

77. Iowa State (2-4)

Buzz: The Cyclones opened the season with a 20-point home loss to FCS power North Dakota State. That made the home folks angry. But those folks sure were happy when the Cyclones beat Iowa in their annual "Children of the Corn" rivalry.

78. Bowling Green (5-2)

Buzz: The Falcons are averaging 84.2 plays per game, 10th-most in the nation.

79. Indiana (3-3)

Buzz: An injury to starting QB Nate Sudfeld means IU is going to have to go with a true freshman at the position for the rest of the season. That not's good for coach Kevin Wilson's job security.

80. UAB (4-2)

Buzz: The Blazers have been to one bowl in their history, back in 2004. They are in solid shape to get to their second this season.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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