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Northern Illinois crashes BCS party

Score one for the little guy.

Northern Illinois faced long odds in its bid for a BCS bowl berth. NIU was 21st in the BCS standings heading into Friday night’s MAC championship game against Kent State. Kent State was 17th and in better position to finish 16th.

Northern Illinois turned the tables, beat Kent in double overtime and finished 15th in the final BCS standings released on Sunday. The Huskies will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

Northern Illinois crashing the party upset the status quo in college ball as Oklahoma (10-2), which finished 11th in the BCS standings, would’ve likely gotten the at-large bid. Georgia (11-2), LSU (10-2), Texas A&M (10-2) and South Carolina (10-2), which finished seventh through 10th in the final BCS standings, are prohibited from getting a BCS bid because the SEC already has two teams (Alabama and Georgia) playing in bowls.

Northern Illinois earned the berth because it finished in the top 16 of the final BCS standings and ahead of at least one conference champion from an AQ conference. The Huskies were ranked ahead of Big East champ Louisville and Big Ten champion Wisconsin.

BCS Matchups

National Championship: Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1)

Sugar Bowl: Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2)

Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State (11-1) vs. Oregon (11-1)

Rose Bowl: Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2)

 

Final BCS Standings

1. Notre Dame (12-0) .9978

2. Alabama (12-1) .9441

3. Florida (11-1) .8984

4. Oregon (11-1) .8621

5. Kansas State (11-1) .8226

6. Stanford (11-2) .7683

7. Georgia (11-2) .7583

8. LSU (10-2) .7511

9. Texas A&M (10-2) .6756

10. South Carolina (10-2) .6604

11. Oklahoma (10-2) .6502

12. Florida State (11-2) .5047

13. Oregon State (9-3) .4716

14. Clemson (10-2) .4693

15. Northern Illinois (12-1) .3276

16. Nebraska (10-3) .3264

17. UCLA (9-4) .2872

18. Michigan (8-4) .2537

19. Boise State (10-2) .2513

20. Northwestern (9-3) .2327

21. Louisville (10-2) .1808

22. Utah State (10-2) .1787

23. Texas (8-4) .1519

24. San Jose State (10-2) .1346

25. Kent State (11-2) .0772

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