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NIU Crashes BCS Party; Alabama, Notre Dame to Meet in BCS Championship Match

Chaos reigned supreme this weekend in the landscape of college football. Not only did Big Ten favourite Nebraska get demolished by an average Wisconsin team, the Northern Illinois Huskies crashed the BCS party by finishing 15th in the final BCS standings, punching their ticket to the Orange Bowl. Despite the unabated criticism emanating from ESPN’s studios, the Huskies have accomplished something truly magnificent in this day and age. Despite residing in the MAC, a conference that is largely forgotten this time of year, they made a strong push towards the end of the season, and have now become the only mid-major program to make a BCS bowl without going undefeated.

And they get to eat plenty of delicious oranges.

And they get to eat plenty of delicious oranges.

Most college football pundits will mock the Huskies and lament the fact that we rely on computers too much to choose which teams receive BCS bids, but the media played a significant role in boosting NIU’s stock by ranking them 16th in the USA Today poll. Some may say that the system is broken, but are the Huskies any worse than an 8-5 Big Ten team? A 10-2 Big East champion that lost to Syracuse and Connecticut? Even the ACC has a champion that lost to NC State and barely survived a 6-6 Georgia Tech in the conference title game.

All in all, this was quite a mediocre season of college football. Even the heralded SEC teams had some embarrassing moments, including LSU’s inept offense causing two defeats and Georgia’s inexplicable loss to South Carolina. Oregon once again failed to grasp the #1 position by losing to Stanford in OT, and Kansas State turned out their worst performance of the season against a mediocre Baylor squad. This seems to be a fitting end to a season mired in controversy, conference realignment, and numerous bowl bans, whether self-imposed or handed down by the NCAA offices.

That said, here is how the final BCS bowls will shape up, and the BCS championship match between Alabama and Notre Dame will be one heck of a slobber-knocker.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Discover Orange
Northern Illinois vs. Florida State

Allstate Sugar
Louisville vs. Florida

Tostitos Fiesta
Oregon vs. Kansas State

Discover BCS National Championship
Notre Dame vs. Alabama

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Conference Realignment Chaos Part II: ACC, Big East, C-USA Join the Fun

Maryland and Rutgers moving to the Big 10 were the first dominoes to fall in what is becoming a media circus in the college football landscape. A quick overview of the changes can be found below:

Now that Lousiville has become the sixth program to leave the Big East for the ACC, its former conference will now re-name itself the “Minor League ACC” in hopes of future Orange Bowl bids.

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Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, and…Kent State? Unlikely Underdog Makes BCS Push

After the regular season came to an end this past weekend, many college football fans began making their predictions for the BCS bowl season. The BCS championship will most likely feature Notre Dame and the winner of the SEC championship match between Alabama and Georgia. Additionally, a Kansas State victory over Texas this upcoming weekend should cement a Fiesta Bowl big against Oregon, and the Rose Bowl will feature the winners of the Nebraska/Wisconsin and Stanford/UCLA games. However, the Sugar and Orange bowl games become more complicated because of one mid-major conference: the MAC.

The MAC? Surely this must be a late April Fools joke, no?

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Rivalry Weekend: College Football’s Thanksgiving Gift

Despite living in the Great White North, I have grown fond of American college football over the years and have become a zealous follower. While this season has become quite disastrous for my favourite program, West Virginia, this weekend’s slate of games can even make the students of Idaho excited about the annual college football Thanksgiving weekend. Some of the key games include:

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