NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > I say the Huskies win the Orange Bowl
December 3, 2012, 06:37 PM
What?

The Northern Illinois Huskies?

I thought it was Steve Sarkisian's team. Never mind.
December 3, 2012  07:47 PM ET

Anything can happen, but I don't see it.

Northern Illinois lost to 4-8 Iowa and the competition they beat would bring criticism if even one of them showed up on Bama's schedule.

Oklahoma got the shaft. Two losses to #1 and #5, and except maybe Kansas, everyone on their conference schedule would pummel Iowa or Northern Illinois.

I can understand the BCS including protections for the Utahs and Boises that finished in the top 8 or 10, but this is overcompensating. If there had to be a BCS buster, it should have been Utah State.

December 3, 2012  08:29 PM ET

Yah, if NIU loses it will hurt the rest of the non-BCS field. On the other hand, L-Ville and WISC should not be in a BCS game either. At least the MAC needs the BCS cash.

December 3, 2012  09:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yah, if NIU loses it will hurt the rest of the non-BCS field. On the other hand, L-Ville and WISC should not be in a BCS game either. At least the MAC needs the BCS cash.

If you were seeding a playoff and this was your criteria...you would have teams like this in the group. This is why I am against a drop dead CC only playoff

December 3, 2012  10:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

but this is overcompensating

+ a couple gazillion. Or so.


Good riddance to this whole BCS bowl matchup deal. And while I fear "the devil we don't know" that is next up, that new devil will have to work pretty damm hard to get clunkier than some of the BCS's clunkers.

December 3, 2012  10:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yah, if NIU loses it will hurt the rest of the non-BCS field. On the other hand, L-Ville and WISC should not be in a BCS game either. At least the MAC needs the BCS cash.

I know I'd much rather see OU than Lville, and I GUARANTEE that the Noley fans are feeling like they got handed a flaming pile of poo.

December 3, 2012  10:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you were seeding a playoff and this was your criteria...you would have teams like this in the group. This is why I am against a drop dead CC only playoff

I think a 16 or 20 team playoff (like FCS has) could include all the CCs and still leave room for five to 10 wild cards.

My problem with relying only on pure seeding is that no one really knows whether (for example) the ACC champ will beat the MAC champ until the game is played.

It's an admittedly small sample size, but so far mid-majors are 4-1 against the big boys in BCS bowls.

December 3, 2012  10:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I know I'd much rather see OU than Lville, and I GUARANTEE that the Noley fans are feeling like they got handed a flaming pile of poo.

FSU is in a really tough spot. Minimal upside for winning, HUGE downside if they lose.

December 3, 2012  10:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

FSU is in a really tough spot. Minimal upside for winning, HUGE downside if they lose.

Eggzactly.

And nobody wants to watch, or attend for that matter. Bad situation all around IMO.


And it's good to see you and Hammered out on the boards, you guys have been missed.

December 4, 2012  12:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you were seeding a playoff and this was your criteria...you would have teams like this in the group. This is why I am against a drop dead CC only playoff

Depends on the size of the playoff group. This year KSU/Bama/Oregon/ND would not be a bad group at all.

December 4, 2012  12:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think a 16 or 20 team playoff (like FCS has) could include all the CCs and still leave room for five to 10 wild cards.My problem with relying only on pure seeding is that no one really knows whether (for example) the ACC champ will beat the MAC champ until the game is played.It's an admittedly small sample size, but so far mid-majors are 4-1 against the big boys in BCS bowls.

The real issue in 2012 is that NIU is a lot like Hawaii and notso much like TCU/Utah/BSU.

December 4, 2012  12:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Eggzactly.And nobody wants to watch, or attend for that matter. Bad situation all around IMO.And it's good to see you and Hammered out on the boards, you guys have been missed.

Really? I bet the game gets better ratings then the Sugar this year. At least NIU is a novelty. Other than UF fans no one will watch the Sugar.

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December 4, 2012  05:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

FSU is in a really tough spot. Minimal upside for winning, HUGE downside if they lose.

Like the year OU had to play an 8-4 UCONN...

December 4, 2012  05:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Depends on the size of the playoff group. This year KSU/Bama/Oregon/ND would not be a bad group at all.

True this...I was thinking more on the line of an 8-12 team playoff.

December 4, 2012  05:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's an admittedly small sample size, but so far mid-majors are 4-1 against the big boys in BCS bowls.

This is true....but I'll be more impressed if Wisky, Louise and NIU do well this year...if not.....

December 4, 2012  05:53 AM ET

GO BSU!!!!!

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December 4, 2012  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Really? I bet the game gets better ratings then the Sugar this year. At least NIU is a novelty. Other than UF fans no one will watch the Sugar.

You could be right but neither game rates as must-see. I think the UF-Cincy thrashing a few years ago is still fresh enough that ratings will suffer. The only saving grace for the Sugar will be the media hype over Charlie Strong playing against UF. And even that has limited regional appeal.

December 4, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Oklahoma got the shaft. Two losses to #1 and #5, and except maybe Kansas, everyone on their conference schedule would pummel Iowa or Northern Illinois.

It's all Texas' fault! If the Horns could have beat K-State then Oklahoma wins the Big XII and N. Ill doesn't rise high enough in the BCS rankings to get an auto-bid and the Big XII gets two BCS bids.

Although the Cotton Bowl is a pretty nice consolation prize for the Sooners and should be a better match-up than both the Orange and Sugar Bowl.

 
December 4, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

It's all Texas' fault! If the Horns could have beat K-State ...

Wasn't going to happen with Brian Harsin calling the plays.

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