Aren't you going to miss the Bowl Championship Series?
(Don't email answer that).
The college football selection system for bowl games that has been ordered to the junk heap after next season might have a couple of surprises left in it.
Northern Illinois, the champion of the Mid-American Conference with a 12-1 record, can earn the bid if it finishes in the top 16 of the final BCS standings, which will be released at 5:30 PST Sunday.
Northern Illinois, ranked No. 21 entering the weekend, was considered an extreme long shot even after defeating Kent State in double overtime Friday night in Detroit.
However, four teams ahead of Northern Illinois in the standings -- Nebraska (12), UCLA (16), Texas (18) and Kent State (17) -- all lost. That could put the MAC champions right on the BCS bubble.
Rules stipulate a team from a "non-qualifer" conference earns a bid if it finishes in the top 16 ahead of a major conference champion. Northern Illinois is already assured of finishing ahead of the Big East representative (Louisville).
The weekend shocker was Nebraska losing by such a whopping margin (70-31) that it dropped behind Northern Illinois in the polls.
Nebraska (10-3) fell eight positions to No. 21 in Sunday's USA Today coaches' poll, while Northern Illinois moved up two spots to No. 16.
There were no major surprises at the top of polls. Notre Dame and Alabama are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the USA Today coaches' and Associated Press media polls. Those teams will play Jan. 7 in South Florida for the BCS title.
BCS: Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Rose: Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta: Oregon vs. Kansas State
Sugar: Florida vs. Oklahoma
Orange: Florida State vs. Louisville