The Northern Illinois Huskies qualified for the Orange Bowl officially last night. They get their shot to play David to Florida State’s Goliath when the two teams match up in Miami January 1st at 7:30 cst. The Mid-American Conference champion Huskies (12-1) earned their first BCS spot by finishing 15th in the BCS standings, being the highest-ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion and finishing ahead of two champions from automatic-qualifying conferences – No. 21 Louisville (Big East) and unranked Wisconsin (Big Ten).
“It’s a little bit surreal. I don’t think you realize it,” senior defensive end Sean Progar said. “I don’t think I’ll be able to process it fully for a few days. But I’m excited about the opportunity and I know my teammates are. We’re going to take advantage of it, that’s for sure.”
I think a lot of people are now pulling for he Huskies now that Kirk Herbstreit went nuts about them getting a chance to go to the BCS. His comments start at the 2:50 mark in the video below.
Herbstreit is wrong about this one. Northern Illinois is a great story and should be held up as an example that in 2012, you don’t have to go undefeated from a non-AQ school to make it to the BCS. Sorry to say that if Oklahoma, who are the kings of doing just enough to make it to a BCS game by default, had won their conference instead of losing twice at home they wouldn’t find themselves in this spot. Being this upset about OU not making it to a BCS game makes me wonder if Kirk roots for the house to win at blackjack.