| 10–2 (8–1 MAC)|
| Mid-American Conference|
Bill Mallory (4th year)
1983 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
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.