| 3–8 (2–7 MAC)|
| Mid-American Conference|
Bill Mallory (2nd year)
1981 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
The 1981 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football at the time, Division I-A. The Huskies played under the Mid-American Conference banner during this season. They were led by head coach Bill Mallory, and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.