Clearly the Orange Bowl Committee was stuck with NIU so they have to make the best of it. Entice viewers by playing up the David-vs-Goliath perspective.
As for me, I'll be pulling for Goliath. A win - or even a close game by NIU - will give credence to demands that the FBS anklebiters be guaranteed seats at the large-payout bowl table. In this scenario, there will likely be a year when Alabama is on the outside looking in while a CUSA or similar team (UAB anyone? Troy maybe?) is getting the big payout. I'm too much of a Bama homer to desire any outcome that could work to the detriment of (1) Alabama; and (2) other SEC schools.
Alabama holds the all-time record for margin of bowl victory. In the 1950s Bama beat Syracuse by something like 66-6 in the... um... Orange Bowl, I think. I'm OK with it if FSU establishes a new bowl victory record. (Not that I think it'll happen...)
NIU is in because they are the highest-ranked non-AQ conference champ AND are ranked higher than two AQ conference champs - Wisconsin and Louisville. The BCS selection rules stipulate that such a team get an at-large berth. Blame the Big East and Big 10, Congress, and even the BCS powers that be (including the bowl committees), but NIU is blameless and, under the rules, deserving; and assuming the report is true, the Orange Bowl rep is a classless clown who, I hope, will no longer be an Orange Bowl rep after this display.
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I will definitely not jump on the "Go NIU" wagon. I hate seeing them in a major bowl the same as I hated seeing past TCU/Boise St. matchups. Why not FSU/UF or FSU/UGA? That is more impressive then a MAC win streak, right? It is a lose/lose for FSU. If they win, they really have not proven anything, they have just done what they are supposed to do. If wanting to see the best of the best play in major bowls makes me a college football elitist... Well, then, I guess I am a football elitist.
However, none of this changes anything. I know a great coach who would say, "It is what it is..." So here is hoping for a good game to watch, at least.
I'm pulling for FSU in this one.The more teams like NIU get thrashed in these games the more likely in the future we will get to see the teams like Georgia and South Carolina that deserve BCS games.Really a no win situation for the Noles though.
I hope the bowl rep gets vindicated but he likely just stoked the fires...NIU will be playing like the galaxy's fate rests on their performance when nobody will care if they win or lose in a week or two. Who talks about Utah anymore besides butthurt SEC rivals?
Here's NIU's schedule after Iowa: Tennessee-Martin, Army, Kansas, Central Michigan, Ball State, Buffalo, Akron, Western Michigan, UMass, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State.
I can't see Wisconsin or Louisville doing anything but going undefeated against that schedule.
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Don't think of it as rooting for NIU....think of it as rooting against FSU.
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I'm rooting for NIU for no other reason than it would tick a bunch of people off.