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12-11-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by KallioWeHardlyKnewYe View Post
But this is why the anti-NIU sentiment to me is silly -- they ARE an automatic qualifier. They weren't picked. They met all the standards needed for a team in that position to qualify for a BCS game and thus are in.
The formula picked NIU over Oklahoma. It wasn't a group of people sitting in a room wanting to screw Oklahoma and viewers.

As for the quality of the game -- we'll see. Maybe NIU does get poleaxed a'la Hawaii in its one BCS trip. Then again, few thought Boise State would beat Oklahoma and Utah would beat Alabama.
The little guy beating a big name program (especially one that may be feeling disappointed about their season) isn't an unheard of thing.

The three biggest reasons Oklahoma is out have nothing to do with NIU:
1. They lost twice (quality of opponent doesn't matter, once you start losing you lose control of your future).
2. The Big 10 sucked.
3. The Big East sucked.
Fair enough. I guess I didn't fully understand the selection process.
Originally Posted by Brad Tolliver View Post
By all means, keep coming up with imaginary reasons why the Big East is a major conference deserving of an automatic bid and NIU wasn't.
I actually said the Big East shouldn't get an automatic bid.

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