| 5–6 (2–4 MAC)|
| Mid-American Conference|
Pat Culpepper (3rd year)
1978 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
The 1978 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football at the time: the newly formed Division I-A. The Huskies competed under the Mid-American Conference banner during this season. They were led by head coach Pat Culpepper, and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.