Some folks are freaking out that Northern Illinois, champion of the mighty Mid-American Conference, made the Orange Bowl on Sunday. The 12-1 Huskies broke into the top 16 of the final BCS poll by 0.0404 points, finishing ahead of a couple of AQ league champs and taking their place against 11-2 Florida State in Miami.
And the reaction of many football observers, some who think this whole development is an outrage, is good for a laugh. Oklahoma, which is 10-2 and finished 11th in the BCS standings, has been left out, they say. They do not complain as much, though, about Wisconsin, ranked way behind the Huskies, being blessed with playing in the Rose Bowl.
Watching the powers that be handle college football's postseason always has been something of a joke. Usually the rules they've put in place break in the establishment's favor. This time, thanks to past threats from the Justice Department, those rules favored the MAC, a conference that never has had a team make the BCS. Good for the little guys.