1983 Northern Illinois Huskies football
MAC champion
California Bowl champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
1983 record10–2 (8–1 MAC)
Head coachBill Mallory (4th season)
Home stadiumHuskie Stadium
(Capacity: 30,998)
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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 3at Kansas*W 37–34
September 10at Wisconsin*L 9–3756,941
September 24at Kent StateW 38–7
October 1at Ball StateW 27–14
October 8Western MichiganW 27–326,250
October 15at Eastern MichiganW 34–15
October 22Bowling Green
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, Illinois
W 24–23
October 29at Miami (OH)W 17–027,866
November 5at Central MichiganL 14–30
November 12Toledo
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, Illinois
W 26–1027,700
November 19Ohio
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, Illinois
W 41–17
December 17vs. Cal State Fullerton*W 20–1320,464[1]
  • *Non-conference game



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