It’s going to be a historic night on Jan. 1 when the Northern Illinois Huskies become the first Mid-American Conference team to ever make it into the BCS when the Huskies face the Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. There was a lot of talk throughout the day Sunday on if NIU would actually make it into the top 16 of the BCS standings and if NIU would be ranked higher than any BCS conference champion. Well, NIU ended up higher than both the Big East champion Louisville Cardinals and the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers.
Even though Northern Illinois has lost their coach Dave Doeren to a new job, I’m sure that it will be a competitive game with a Huskie team that has won 12 straight games before seeing Florida State in their home state. The windfall of money that will go to the MAC for this berth as well will be something talked about over the next month before the game. There are people in MAC headquarters who were probably having a huge celebration Sunday night after the berth was officially announced.
We have a month until this game happens so breaking the game down is for another day but Sunday proved to be a day for the little guy breaking the mold and making it into a BCS game. We can only hope now that NIU makes a game to remember and not one that makes us wish that the top six conferences occupied every single BCS game.
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