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Kirk Herbstreit goes off on Northern Illinois being in a BCS game (Video)

Northern Illinois has quickly emerged as this year’s punching bag for those who despise the BCS system. The 2012-2013 bowl schedule was released over the weekend, and the 12-1 Huskies — who capped off the season with a 12-game winning streak — earned themselves a spot in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. Like many others, Kirk Herbstreit was in awe of the selection.

Herbstreit appeared on ESPN on Sunday evening to discuss the BCS selections, and he pulled no punches when talking about Northern Illinois. His rant starts at about the 3:00-mark of the video above.

“The fact that Northern Illinois is in the BCS in 2012 is really a sad state for college football and where we are with the current system,” Herbstreit said. “Thank goodness we’re moving toward a new system in 2014. They don’t deserve to be in the BCS this year. Are you kidding me with Northern Illinois playing in the BCS?

“You’re gonna leave Oklahoma out to put Northern Illinois in? To a BCS bowl game? Are you kidding me? Of all the years we’ve had these BCS discussions, putting a Northern Illinois or a Kent State in the BCS this year would really be an injustice to some of these teams.”

It’s hard to disagree with Herbie. Northern Illinois had a tremendous season, but they beat one ranked team — No. 17 Kent State in the last week of the season. You look at teams like Georgia, which came a few yards away from beating a team that is playing for the national championship, or Texas A&M, which beat a team that is playing for the title, and it shows you that the system is broken. Northern Illinois doesn’t have the strength of schedule to be making an appearance in a BCS game regardless of their record. The playoff system can’t come soon enough.



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  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/535519-nick-p nick price

    Herbstreit is doing his best Jay Bilas impression

  • Geoff Marolda

    Every year the stances change. It all depends on whether certain teams from certain conferences made it.  Would Northern Illinois have a good enough record if they transferred into the SEC next year? No. But how is that their fault? They played a nearly perfect season of football and now they are on blast. Not every school can afford to drop millions on programs and coaches and they never will under the current system. The BCS conferences have essentially created another elitist division within college football. What do people like Herbstreit want? Maybe there should 5 college divisions? There will always be debate in the college football playoff system no matter what steps are taken because of the widening gape between BCS Conferences and Non-BCS Conferences.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4SGIWNXLGKGH4CYC4RLZ552S7A J

    Basically only allowing 2 teams from the SEC is a travesty and it allows for lesser teams to play in bowl games they do not deserve to be in.  Arkansas got screwed last year, this year LSU, Texas AM, Florida,George  and South Carolina are easily better than almost any team in any of the other BCS bowl games.  All but South Carolina would be favored over Notre Dame in the Championship game.  The BCS system does not allow the best teams to play in bowl games, it allows for lesser conferences to get in the national spotlight playing against other teams that do not belong there. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.proctor.12 Jeff Proctor

    Where is the outrage that a 5 loss Wisconsin gets to go also?

  • rufusbird

    These guys all very stupid.

    NIU might not have had a strong
    schedule this year, but in the years they did have a strong schedule along with victories against BCS schools, they got
    rejected because of the exclusive rules. This year NIU played by the rules and qualified and none of these talking heads can take that away from them.

    The computer rankings look at
    NIU’s strength of schedule and still ranked NIU 19th, while the humans
    in both polls looked at NIU’s intangibles like the strength of the NIU’s
    offense and the fact they got better as the season went along and ranked
    NIU 16th.

    NIU is more deserving that Wisconsin and Louisville which won BCS
    conference championships, but were not ranked (and didn’t deserve to
    be). People like Herb Street who are critical of NIU’s selection need to
    grow a brain. In almost every other sport (Hockey is the one possible
    exception) the best teams don’t always make it to the playoffs. Only the
    top one or two teams in each division or conference make it to the
    playoffs no matter what the record is of the third best team. So under
    no other system (with the possible exception of the NHL) would a third
    best division or conference team make it to the playoffs. College
    football has stacked the deck against teams like NIU for decades and now
    NIU breaks through the stacked deck and these bozos complain about it.

    The stupidity is elevated to new heights when Herb Street claims
    that he is thankful for the 2014 changes—because from what I read
    today NIU would have qualified under the 2014 changes as well. And FYI Mr Herb Street IOWA is not the worst team in the Big Ten, that distinction would go to the University of Illinois.