Happy for the
I have no idea whether Northern Illinois playing in the
The whole BCS system is a joke, that's why it's getting reformed. But to pick on NIU isn't warranted. BTW, Kirk, who does your alma mater
Little guys, rejoice
I'll call it a strength, but I'm admittedly biased. Did I want
The BCS will get blown up soon enough, but its biggest flaw is the rule that limits conferences to two teams. If ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit is fired up about NIU, what about Louisville? It is ranked six spots lower than the Huskies in the BCS standings, and they have two losses, not one, and didn't play a ranked team.
At least NIU is a little guy, and an intriguing one at that. Louisville is nothing more than good team that has a QB (Teddy Bridgewater) with a great name.
What's the big deal?
Los Angeles Times
It's both a strength and a weakness of the BCS system and a joke that so many people are making such a big deal about this. Does Northern Illinois belong? Why not?
NIU finished ahead of two "AQ" champions, Louisville and Wisconsin, which still got major bids with a combined seven losses. The BCS bullies need to leave NIU alone and I'm kind of hoping the Huskies beat Florida State just to shut everyone up.
NIU earned invitation
Iliana Limón Romero
Northern Illinois scoring a BCS bowl bid is one of the great things about our current postseason format. Kirk Herbstreit railed against the Huskies during ESPN's selection show, but they weren't handed a BCS bowl invitation. The 12-1 team earned it. NIU doesn't boast a marquee strength of schedule, but that just meant there was less room for error for the team all year long. It beat a Top 25 team in overtime to earn a conference title and bowl bid.
If you want to talk about teams that didn't necessarily earn their spots, look at Wisconsin. It stumbled into the conference title game at 4-4 because Penn State and Ohio State were serving postseason bans. Wisconsin beat Nebraska and coasted to the