Northern Illinois Huskies Deserve BCS Berth

By Andy Schmidt

I was watching the Mid-American Conference title game on Friday night and after the Northern Illinois Huskies were able to squeak out a 44-37 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes, I started thinking about whether NIU is really worthy of getting a BCS berth and I really couldn’t think of a reason why not. The Huskies are 12-1 on the season with their only loss coming in the opening weekend of the season in Chicago to Iowa.

While Iowa wasn’t the greatest team this season in the Big Ten, a one-point loss is nothing to shrug at. It would be the Orange Bowl where NIU would go and would face the Big East Conference champion Louisville Cardinals. That is if NIU can move up from their No. 21 rank in last week’s BCS rankings up to No. 16 or above for an automatic berth because Louisville is going to be ranked lower than Northern Illinois in all likelihood. There is no doubt that Jordan Lynch and the Huskies’ offense is very high-powered and has proven that they deserve a chance to play with the big boys.

I really hope when the BCS standings come out on Sunday night that NIU gets high enough in the rankings to make school history and give us a very interesting Orange Bowl game between NIU and Louisville. It has been time to get some new blood into the BCS games anyway and what better way to do that than to see a MAC team make their first BCS bowl appearance against a major conference team. What harm could it do?

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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