|1983 Northern Illinois Huskies football|
California Bowl champion
|1983 record||10–2 (8–1 MAC)|
|Head coach||Bill Mallory (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Huskie Stadium|
The 1983 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University, and were the champions of the Mid-American Conference in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football at the time, Division I-A. They were led by head coach Bill Mallory, and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.
The Huskies celebrated their first ever MAC title, and first overall conference title since 1965, when they won the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during the final years of the conference's existence. The Huskies' trip to the California Bowl was also their first bowl trip since 1965, and with their win over Cal State-Fullerton, was their first bowl win since 1963, the same year the Huskies were crowned national champions of the College Division.
|September 3||at Kansas*||W 37–34|
|September 10||at Wisconsin*||L 9–37||56,941|
|September 24||at Kent State||W 38–7|
|October 1||at Ball State||W 27–14|
|October 8||Western Michigan||W 27–3||26,250|
|October 15||at Eastern Michigan||W 34–15|
|October 22||Bowling Green||W 24–23|
|October 29||at Miami (OH)||W 17–0||27,866|
|November 5||at Central Michigan||L 14–30|
|November 12||Toledo||W 26–10||27,700|
|November 19||Ohio||W 41–17|
|December 17||vs. Cal State Fullerton*||W 20–13||20,464|
- ↑ John Weyler (December 18, 1983). "Northern Illinois Gambles and Beats Fullerton, 20-13". The Los Angeles Times: p. III-6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8880823/northern_illinois_gambles_and_beats/.
- ↑ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northern-illinois/1983-schedule.html