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@DustinHamlin Buddy- just let us enjoy this moment!! If your Edison Community College Chargers' were a 4 year Division 1 School and made it to the BCS Bowl- I would be all about it!! Let the our guys have a chance- EVERY D1 school should have a chance!
1 year, 2 months ago on Kirk Herbstreit's baseless BCS bashing of Northern Illinois is the "absolute joke"
@DustinHamlin Is your definition of several two or more??
1 year, 3 months ago on Kirk Herbstreit's baseless BCS bashing of Northern Illinois is the "absolute joke"
Written by a Friend and Former Teammate of Mine from NIU: Christy Arnold Feinberg
For my NIU peeps (and FSU friends as well), here's a column I wrote Monday: Northern Illinois University? I know. I know. It’s just as shocking to me too as an alum who went there during the football team’s 23-game losing streak. Those were the dark days for the red and black Huskies. The cold, Midwestern winds felt even harsher on those depressingly-gray autumn Saturdays from 1996 to 1998. Then, one day, the Huskies won a game. And the students carried the goal post across the campus and into the lagoon. Then, on another day, we won again. This time, we stormed the field like we’d won the BCS National Championship, tore down the goal post and threw it in the lagoon again. We sure do value victories. After all, they’ve never come easy to us in the cornfields of Northern Illinois, where the Big Ten literally surrounded us: Iowa, University of Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Those few wins turned into actual winning seasons. And those winning seasons culminated this year with a MAC Championship win against Kent State and a bid to the Orange Bowl against Florida State. Within minutes of the announcement Sunday night, the ugliness and arrogance surfaced on the Internet. “Should be a colossal (expletive) whipping,” wrote one FSU fan on Facebook. Other FSU fans wrote: “Easy win!!!” “Pathetic match up. There will be no sell out for that game. I bet you will be able to get a ticket outside the stadium for $5.” You’d think Florida State had a Notre Dame-Alabama kind of year based on those comments, instead of having lost to unranked North Carolina State and state rival Florida Gators. Since NIU last played Kent State on Oct. 8, 2011, the Huskies are 21-1. One loss, by one point to Iowa in more than a year. Let’s look at some of FSU’s super-challenging opponents this year: • Mighty Murray State, who finished the season 5-6 with losses to Central Arkansas, Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, among others. • Strong Savannah State, who lost every game this season except one to Edward Waters College. • Whoppers of Wake Forest, which also produced a losing season with just five wins. • Skippy’s University of South Florida, who won only three games and just fired its coach. • Unranked North Carolina State, who defeated the Seminoles, had a 7-5 season and hired NIU’s coach. • Booming Boston College, who won two games. • Mighter-than-Murray-State Maryland, with a 4-8 season. • And for the ACC Championship Game ... totally average Georgia Tech ... who ended the season 6-7. At least NIU and Kent State were both ranked team when they squared off in the MAC Championship. But that doesn’t stop the naysayers. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit couldn’t fathom NIU’s success: “The fact that Northern Illinois is in the BCS in 2012 is really a sad state for college football and where we are in the current system. Thank goodness we’re moving toward a new system in 2014. They don’t deserve to be in the BCS this year. Are you kidding me with Northern Illinois playing in the BCS? Northern Illinois, no one knew they were playing until the Toledo game a few weeks ago. You’re going to leave Oklahoma out to put Northern Illinois into a BCS bowl game? Are you kidding me?” Let’s clarify some things Mr. Herbstreit: “If this had been 2014, NIU would have been guaranteed a spot in a playoff bowl as the highest-ranked non-BCS champion. There would be no top-12, top-16 standard to meet,” wrote Dennis Dodd for CBS Sports. Since we are in Florida, many people (including Mr. Herbstreit) may not be familiar with the Huskies and our biggest offensive weapon: Jordan Lynch. This season, Lynch has thrown for 2,962 yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Maybe Mr. Herbstreit is uneducated or a little envious. As quarterback for Ohio State, Herbstreit threw for 1,904 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. He rushed for 29 yards ... in the wrong direction. Lynch rushed for 1,771 yards ... in the right direction. Forget all the negativity. Forget all the naysayers. Certainly forget Herbstreit. Focus on Florida State. They aren’t the Chicago Bears or the New England Patriots. They aren’t undefeated Notre Dame. They are Florida State, who lost two games this season including one to unranked NC State. And NIU’s presence in a BCS bowl “is really a sad state for college football?” Are you kidding me, Mr. Herbstreit? NIU deserves to be in the Orange Bowl just as much as FSU. We don’t mind being an underdog. We’re used to it. We’re the Huskies, and we’ve been waiting to tear down another goal post.
@Chuck Schick So FSU is a "Big Boy" even though they played all but two "Little Lads" this season and Lost one of the two to the "Big Boys" ?!?!?
Virginia Tech- not ranked
Miami- not ranked
Maryland Terrapins- not ranked
Boston College – not ranked
USF- not ranked
NC State- not ranked- BUT LOST
Wake Forest- not ranked
Murray- not ranked
Savannah- not ranked
Florida- ranked- BUT LOST
Kirk Herbstreit rushed for -29 yards in one season as the starting quarterback. Jordan Lynch rushed for 1,771 yards (in the right direction) this season. To use your words, Mr. Herbstreit, "Are you kidding me?"