What did Northern Illinois University do to deserve such negativity about gaining a berth to a bowl championship game?
Talking heads have lambasted the Huskies for getting the nod to play Florida State in the Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Day, and stats nerds and big time football schools have scoffed at this BCS selection.
It's not the National Championship game — that will really see the big revenues. But money is the reason for such displeasure — and the fact that a smaller school in a smaller conference (the Mid-American Conference) gets to share in the wealth. The MAC gets $8 million for having a team in a BCS bowl game, and this is the first time this conference has had a representative.
But NIU earned their spot fair and square: They have an exciting quarterback in Jordan Lynch, and the school has gone to five straight bowl games.