Does anybody actually have NIU?
Orange Bowl Open Thread
But only bacause i want to see an upset to somewhat quiet the rabble about how they dont deserve to be there.
but from a purely x's and o's standpoint, do you really see them winning?
"Denard is my homeboy" is currently #5 ouf of almost 300, and he has NIU.
He's the only one of the 50 on the first page, though.
NIU beat Iowa by 1. This should be interesting.
*were beaten by
Dad gummit. That was what I meant to say, but it didn't crystallize properly into accurate speech.
I legitimately have NIU winning. Just sayin'.
Then I go to bed once the game is out of hand.
be the 2nd worst bowl game of the day behind OKSt and Purdue. They lost to Iowa Fer God Sakes
If FSU isn't excited to play maybe it stays close. But this N. Illinois teams strikes me more as Hawaii than Utah.
In the iPad/data plan commercial.
I've got FSU with my 35pts, had Georgia for 32, Oklahoma St for 31, Stanford for 30, Northwester for 20, and only put Michigan for 1. So, I cleaned up this afternoon. If Florida, Oregon, and Florida State win I should be sitting pretty in this fantasy game.
I picked FSU for my bowl pool, but after our loss.... f*ck it, I just want to watch the world burn. GO HUSKIES!
I think NIU shows the world where they belong.
Out of the BCS picture?
That outback commercial cut deeply.
Just saw it.
I didn't need that, either.
the SC fan's face winds up in the bloomin' dip before the evening is over.
There has to be a story line or we'll all be riding the mute for the rest of the night.
Come on, enough Rose Bowl coverage. We get it. Now it is time for BCS MACtion.
Everyone is the MAC is Huskie fans tonight. Biggest game in the history of the conference. Let's go NIU!
is a Huskie fan tonight
Any team that loses to Iowa does not deserve a BCS bid. Besides, there have been much better MAC teams than this one who were cheated out decent bids. Hoke's BSU teams were better, so was Kelly's CMU squad. This is not to mention the juggernaut Marshall teams of the late 90's.
...all MAC teams should be screwed forevermore. Just to be fair. Got it.
Rothlisberger's Miami team and Pennington's Marshall are the two that deserved this, if you ask me.
of a team.
Could this day get any worse?
Cummon NIU. If they win everyone will laugh at FSU and not the terribly-unlucky-but-still-1-4-today B1G.
Are going to be saying "DOH!" A lot tonight?
My gerd, those FSU cheerleaders.
Stupid commercials. Eat mute.
So why isn't Reggie Bush in any of these Heisman House commercials? Ohhh...that's riiiiight...
Northern Illinois is no stranger to beating AQ competition. They handled Kansas (at home) by a full touchdown.
Ed: expect to see a lot of FSU fans imitating Temptation tonight.
I had to look up "cc" as it pertains to Internet slang. In other news, I'm not hip.
Matt Millen just met a receiver he'd draft. I know, shocking.
Take Lynch down? Damn Millen.
so you can all laugh at me later.
FSU 31, NIU 24.
DON'T DRAFT ANY OF THEM!!
This is going to be a penalty filled game.
Done watching college football til next year. Bring on March Madness!!!
Manuel had a great fake going, a tight end that nobody on the Huskies' defense even knew was there, and then O'Leary promptly fumbles in mid-tackle. Just like they practiced it except for the turnover and the block in the back.
Jordan lynch literally does it all for them
go el-foldo these days. As a Tallahassee resident, I am rootin' for the underdog.
Jordan Lynch channeling his inner Tate Forcier.
This is going to be a massacre.
MACtion defense getting eviscerated. FSU fullback outruns NIU's defense to the endzone. 7-0 FSU.
Nice run: let the clubbing begin.
I hope the BCS is happy with this game. NIU had a nice little season, but they are not Boise St., and FSU isn't going to give them a break. This might be the most lopsided bowl game of the day, and we already had Purdue-OkieSt.
My hate for Matt Millen burns like the heat from 1,000 suns.
I've decided to transfer my anger and frustration from the Outback Bowl to Matt Millen.
Run the fake punt on 2nd down.
Northern Illinois being aggressive here - really liked the fake punt call, and, yikes, can Tommylee Lewis run....
...the result of this drive is an FG, but if nothing else, the Huskies are willing to attempt to get into FSU's head.
We got a game here.
If NIU can force a punt here, I'll be convinced.
FSU got away with a massive pass interference there.
Where's the pass interference there? He was riding him the whole way. Horrible no call
Surely not in this game, but in general. I can see a casual fan turning on a game and rooting for Michigan because they like the uniforms (usually), or the history...or rooting against us. I can see Bama having fans from the south, or the tradition. A Texas. A USC if only for the song girls. But does anyone just say "I have no dog in this fight; Go FSU!" They just seem tailor made to be villains rather than heroes.
You order curry?
Then you root for CMU duh
In general, I think you're right, but a lot of people (or at least me) want to see crappy teams like Northern Illinois get hammered for taking the spot away from a team that could have been interesting. Basically, NIU is like Hawaii against Georgia, but with a less notable QB.
We're a historic big boy, so I don't mind the status quo. But I'm having a hard time blaming N. Illinois with the odd rule that sent them there. More, sigh, BCS.
I also remember espn playing up the FSU to NC game pretty hard preseason. Out of like 4or 5 "analysts" FSU had the most votes to make the game over any other team. Sadly I remember Desmond saying FSU would go the distance. Anyways what I'm trying to get at is this game would make FSU such a laughingstock if they lose. Orange bowl rep doesn't think NIU belongs here and herbie saying Georgia or Florida deserved it more is just icing on the cake. IMO I completely agree with you and the whole FSU preseason hype just gives them more of a reason for people to whisper in the wings, "I want to see how far you can fall."
And the cheerleaders.
But I hope the 'Noles lose if only to give the national media a diversion over how bad the B1G's bowl season is going. Again.
But have you ever seen a game where you went "their cheerleaders are hot; I'm rooting for their football team"? If that was the case UCLA would have more subway alumni than Notre Dame.
NIU somehow hanging around.
Over/Under on how many times Millen talks about how much more "athletic" FSU is?
It may not seem like NIU can win this game right now, but the longer they hang around like this, the better their chances are of pulling off this upset. FSU is very good at this. May be best in the country.
The game's getting shorter & the rabbit's foot is becoming a more likely MVP.
The game's getting shorter & the rabbit's foot is becoming a more likely MVP.
Is this the first time anyone else heard of this flipping over the shield in front of the punter thing? I can't recall hearing about it any other time this year.
One of the more intriguing stats at this point in the game - Florida State has nearly 250 yards of offense, with about 160 of those being in the air by my estimate, and they have 7 points to show for it. Northern Illinois might just reach 100 yards of offense on this drive - they are at 95 yards right now.
Are there other offensive players for NIU besides Jordan Lynch? If so...could someone point them out to me?
I can't believe this is a 7-3 game.
Niu can use it
NIU's about this close to being out of this game.
14-3 seems rather insurmountable for NIU right now. Of course, 7-3 was looking that way, too.
It's hard to fit 328 yds into just seven points
Further, it's also somewhat interesting to imagine a team that managed 328 yards of offense in the first half being 1 for 7 on third down conversions, and yet it has happened. Of course, NIU is 0 for 8 in that regard with about a third of the yardage.
That's FSU for ya.
NIU wins 17-14.
But I'm going to bed and taking my chances.
A touchdown would have been Game Over right there. The field goal probably just put it right on the edge.
"Lynch grew up playing tackle football in South Chicago, running into cars."
*yawn* to "well whudda we got here?!"
Are you kidding me? You had all damn day and that's what you do?
3 days to throw...and here comes an interception.
SportsCenter Right Now; not only brings back a painful memory, but definitely did not happen "right now".
I think that will probably do it here.
THEY CONFIRMED THE CALL!?!?!?!?! That's is awful, the knee is obviously down
Welp, bed time
Yep, I think we're done here.
lol at the FSU fans chanting "Overrated" to NIU
Warms my heart as a MAC fan a bit, that a team from the conference is even in a position to have Florida State fans feel it necessary to chant overrated at them.
That's all you got, FSU?
Once he was done shopping at Miss Priss's Cat Emporium, Coach Bowden's old teams would've hung 60 on those Huskies...your offense is substandard and inefficient.