Football Display Case
...talks about how UConn hasn't been in contact and how they're out. (HT: UMHoops)
Jalen, Burke, and Simmons.
Mike Hart the heavy favorite in the trolling competition
just what the Pistons need: a third string center. Joe Dumars was replaced by a mean ol' alien a few years back you guys.
this would be a close approximation of hypothetical graduation speech
no you guys they're just super pumped about COLLLLLLLLLLLLEGE
not a surprise
premature congrats. One thing we can be sure of: he'll take fewer asinine penalties than Abdelkader
Thanks to ugly transitions between Fulmer/Kiffin/Dooley/Davis, Tennessee is on the edge of APR penalties for football.
i approve of this message
strong indictment of AAU right heah
Glockner sides with justice
a good cause, and a good time
good job gents
BREAKING: Northern Illinois vs Florida State is official in the Orange Bowl, according to a source.
This is why the college football bowl season is a fucking joke
I've always hated how bowl games went from exhibitions (e.g., before ~2005, stats didn't count towards all-time records) to now supposedly being the be-all, end-all for how good a team/conference is ("See? Our conference went 6-2 in bowl games - that means we're awesome!").
I doubt NIU is one of the ~10 best teams in the country, which is sort of what the BCS is for, but there aren't any great teams this year, so why not them getting in over, say, Oklahoma, who hasn't looked that impressive themselves?
The bowls can't go back to the backroom deals of old (under which NIU would have never gotten in) because they would be exposed for being the cartel that they are and face congressional action. So they're stuck in this current version where non-BCS schools get crumbs and sometimes it blows up in the bowls (and in this case, ESPN's) face. Fine by me.
I won't be happy until there is an eight-team playoff, with the first round at home campuses, and the big bowls (and their enablers) stand in the way. I could not care less what happens to the big bowls - they're fake "nonprofits" that are a pox on the college game.
It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, is just progress.
Lol Niu lost to Iowa and had a terrible strenght of schedule, no business being in the bcs, nobody can ever cry about the little guy missing out again this is shit.
They were 1 point away from an undefeated season. I like this move, and hope they can pull out a win.
Northern Illinois 1
Michigan State 0
edit... why'd my image go away? Here's another for ya'll:
This season they taste like Parmessan Garlic boneless wings
Go Huskies!!! As a big follower of NIU football I love it!
This is stupid.
If either conference could place a team in the top 16, this wouldn't have happened.
Hot dogs are the devil.
They'll be lucky if the stadium is this packed
You're kidding, right? You do realize that the other team playing in this game is FLORIDA State, right?
I assume that's all the folks from Dekalb, IL that you're looking at.
You do realize the team playing in that game was MIAMI, right? And they game was played in MIAMI.
I was making a joke, but FSU is not going to fill that whole stadium with fans. NIU has virtually no national following, and it doesn't sound like the fanbase is super-jazzed and will travel en masse. So no, I'm not saying it will look like that picture, but there will definitely be open sections.
Isn't this the team IOWA beat?
There should have been a bylaw that if you lost to this year's Iowa team, you're banned from the BCS.
It was the first game of the season. NIU is not even close to being the same team they were at the beginning of the year. Teams do in fact get better during a season and if you look at the team then and now there's no comparison.
I do agree though that this will have thousands of empty seats unless the FSU fans can buy them all up. Should be interesting to see what is announced tonight.
NIU's non-conference results:
Iowa 18, Northern Illinois 17
Northern Illinois 35, Tennessee-Martin 7
Northern Illinois 41, Army 40 Army is 2-9
Northern Illinois 30, Kansas 23 Kansas is 1-11
Then they beat up a bunch of MAC schools and won the title game against a team that got blown out by Kentucky.
They're going to get slaughtered.
They still play the games for a reason.
It may not be quite the slaughter some of you are expecting if FSU feels the same way. Also, NIU's quarterback is damn good.
Ok cool, lets just put Michigan with that schedule and go to the bcs every year, that schedule is a joke, the loss to iowa is a joke, their best win is over a team that lost to a terrible kentucky game. When deciding who the best teams are in a division with 120 teams you can't look at just record. Do you think w-l is a good stat for pitchers in baseball too?
"their best win is over a team that lost to a terrible kentucky game"
a team that also handily whipped one of the Big East co-champions. You're cherry picking games off the schedule to make your argument.
Do I think NIU is one of the ten best teams in the country? Of course not. But they aren't the worst of the ten teams picked for a BCS bowl.
First off the big east is a joke so I don't really care about a win over a co-champion, secondly elite teams don't lose to kentucky. Third of all yes NIU is the worst team picked, when a team does nothing to earn a berth in the championship it should not be there. There is no way NIU plays in a single bcs conference and comes away with a championship, I just don't believe that based off what they have shown they should be in the bcs. Doesn't make other choices good or bad, but NIU is the worst.
"the big east is a joke so I don't really care about a win over a co-champion"
"There is no way NIU plays in a single bcs conference and comes away with a championship"
Make up your mind. Are all the BCS conferences superior or is the Big East a joke?
I stand by both comments. I don't think the big east was a good conference so one win over a mediocre team is not that impressive. However even given that, I still think if you put NIU in the big east over the course of the season they would have lost more than they won. App state beat us, that doesn't mean they would have finished in the top half of the big ten that year. Both statements can clearly co-exist. Its like when the ncaa is doing tourny selection for basketball and a bad team from a bcs conference is listed as a good win for a mid major team and a bad loss for a bcs conference team. Winning week in and week out against even mediocre competition is more difficult than playing two or three mediocre teams and a lot of really bad ones.
Poor Northern Ill. What in Northern Illinois' performance makes anyone believe they can play with FSU?
Strength equipment is expensive and guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free and can give you everything you want.
Or are you just basing this on them being a MAC team? If Georgia Tech can play with Florida State, NIU may have a chance. Probably not to win it but I would not expect a blow out. NIU is a very tough team. If Coach Doeren is not coaching that would further hurt their chances of competing though.
I can't speak for knickerbocker, but I am basing this on them being a MAC team.
then GT could probably handle NIU
I do it for my love of the Streets
If Florida State wins by less than 30, I will donate all of my mgopoints to you
Is it April 1?
Garret Wolfe is gonna run wild on the Seminoles.
"Are you an official here?Because you've officially given me a boner."
If they had Michael Turner still I'd give them a fighting chance.
They've got Jordan Lynch! The guy is a great player! He's led this team all year and has put up some pretty impressive stats.
However yes I do feel that it is very unlikely they would win this game.
Jordan Lynch does not a team make. Compare that to the star power on FSU's lineup, and commence to shudder...
Don't quote laws to us. We carry swords.
but he is able to run and pass the ball very well and is a great leader of their team. Florida State sure looked like a powerful lineup against Georgia Tech yesterday didn't they. I'm not saying that NIU is going to win this game but what I am saying is that they are very solid and would make it a good game.
I completely understand where you're coming from (who likes to say that their team is doomed?), but predicting NIU will keep it close is akin to all of us who predicted that we'd beat (or at least challenge) Bama.
"The straightest line from A to B is straight: From A to B"
"When you have Denard Robinson, you can have everything"
I'll give them an NC State chance. It is FSU we're talking about, after all. Any given Saturday they can flip the switch and lose to anybody.
"that's why you don't go to Ohio State, Lawrence"
Didn't he have like 200 rushing yards against us the last time we played them?
So hot. Milk was a bad choice.
I wonder how the NIU players are feeling. Fantastic, I imagine...but you have to wonder if, when the high wears off, they start to think "Oh, hell..."
NIU will treat it like their Super Bowl, and FSU most likely will treat it like they are playing scrubs. No one gave Boise State a chance a few years ago against the powerhouse of Oklahoma, but look how that turned out.
IMO, whether FSU can handle that will determine if FSU finds itself in a contested game.
Love to see the MAC get some love!!
"... never forget that Ohio is still a four-letter word."
of the SEC Network - er- ESPN's MAC hatefest
So now Florida gets to eat Louisville alive instead of a real matchup like Oregon. At least some of the non-BCS bowls will be interesting.
Didn't they just lose their heaf coach to NC State? Will they be playing in a BCS Bowl without their HC?
Happened with Cincy when Kelly went to ND
When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing. -- Bo Schembechler