| Independent|| 5–5–1|
| Jerry Ippoliti (1st year)|
1971 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
The 1971 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 1971 college football season. The Huskies competed as an independent in the University Division, which became Division I in 1973. They were led by new head coach Jerry Ippoliti, where he led the Huskies to this first .500 season, and played their home games on campus at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.