After a crazy Saturday in college football that saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers get obliterated by the Wisconsin Badgers, an interesting and bizarre scenario has presented itself and it’s looking like it will play out. With the loss by Nebraska, the opportunity arose for the Northern Illinois Huskies to earn an at-large BCS bowl bid — and all signs are pointing to them securing that.
As we reported last night, the Huskies needed to crack the Top 16 of both human polls in order to get a significant chance at securing a high enough ranking in the BCS. As off the release of the USA Today Coach’s Poll and the AP Top 25, the Huskies were ranked No. 16 in both.
Now ESPN bowl prediction expert Brad Edwards is saying he’s calling the Orange Bowl bid to go to the Huskies, which means the Florida State Seminoles will take on Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl.
This has a trickle down effect, as Oklahoma is no longer in a BCS bowl. Had the Huskies not cracked the rankings high enough to secure the at-lage bid, the Sooners were on their way to a 2008 National Championship rematch with the Florida Gators in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. However, since Louisville won the Big East, or at least the majority share of it, the Cardinals will head to the Sugar Bowl to take on Florida while the Sooner are subject to falling back on the Alamo Bowl.
The official BCS rankings have not yet been released, and Northern Illinois needs to rank at the very least No. 16 in order to secure the Orange Bowl bid. But at the moment, all signs are pointing to the Huskies securing the bid and pulling off one of the more miraculous seasons a lower ranked college football program has had in some time.