NEW YORK (AP) Northern Illinois features also been selected to experience Florida State within the Orange Bowl, anyone informed about that decision told The Associated Press.
The particular person chatted with condition of anonymity for the reason that the recognized Bowl Championship Series lineup was to be announced soon after Sunday. The report had been first announced by SI.com.
Northern Illinois (12-1) won the Mid-American Conference championship on Friday, displaced it has the discipline (Dave Doeren) to be able to North Carolina State on Saturday, and also moved into the top end 16 with the finalized BCS standings upon Sunday.
Once your Huskies reached the actual major 16, they will acquired an automated identify in the BCS because they are ranked prior to the Big Ten (Wisconsin) and also Big East (Louisville) champions.
Louisville can be realized as a fine fit with the Orange Bowl, considering the Cardinals creating a sizable lots of standout players in the Miami area, which include quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Instead, your Huskies will provide a roster mostly made up of players through the Midwest, with simply a several Floridians.
And while Northern Illinois as well as its BCS-busting status will definitely be an excellent report line all through dish season, that Huskies earned their particular method towards your conversation. Since last Oct. 2, Northern Illinois is usually 21-1, the most beneficial document inside the country. For comparison's sake, that may be a pair of additional wins as compared to Alabama and also some more in comparison with Notre Dame over in which stretch.
If them wasn't for a one-point reduction alongside Iowa about Sept. 1, your Huskies could have sometimes recently been visiting Miami with an undefeated record. Northern Illinois encouraged Iowa by simply actions details with eight seconds to be able to play, lost the fight the game-deciding touchdown together with 2:15 left and droped on the Hawkeyes 18-17.
Otherwise, whom is aware of might be NIU can have observed some route to cirsis into your BCS concept game, also arriving for Miami the following season.
Northern Illinois' biggest football good results will take place at the purchase of Oklahoma.
The Sooners (10-2) gained a reveal from the Big twelve month period concept and misplaced only to Notre Dame in addition to Kansas State. The Wildcats attained the particular Big 12's semi-automatic or fully automatic bid into the Fiesta Bowl, women and men Sooner looked as a fasten for getting an at-large bid most likely that will the Sugar Bowl within New Orleans to learn Florida.
But NIU gobbled upwards what exactly might have been recently a strong at-large spot. Florida is supposed to always be decided on simply by this Sugar Bowl because a strong at-large company and Oregon will be required to end up being selected with the Fiesta Bowl.
With NIU heading into the Orange Bowl, Louisville, the particular Big East programmed qualifier, will land inside the Sugar Bowl.
AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds contributed.