Bowling Green Costs MAC Shot At BCS
There will be no final Boise State type BCS upset.
Bowling Green ensured that Friday night, dominating Northern Illinois, 47-27, in the MAC championship.
The Falcons are the only team outside Florida State to defeat the Huskies in two years, and cost themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, preventing the conference from raking in and dividing BCS bowl money for a second consecutive season. It also ended a 25-game MAC win streak for NIU.
Baylor, especially, pumped a fist in hopes that Northern Illinois' loss will slide them into a BCS bowl. The Bears should get projected for the Sugar Bowl against Auburn as of Friday night, while UCF now may head to the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State.
We appear headed for four at-large BCS bowl teams, which almost certainly will include Alabama. The final three slots may get divided among the Bears, Clemson and Michigan State.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch, like many others this season, crashed to earth soon after the media projected his name among the Heisman stars. Bowling Green's Top 10 national scoring defense intercepted him twice and the Falcons leveraged a staggering performance by quarterback Matt Johnson (21-of-27, 393 yards, five TDs) to banish NIU from the unbeatens.
Fresno State fell in its final regular-season game, ending any hope of an outsider emerging from a conference without automatic BCS ties. UCF clinched a BCS berth Thursday when Louisville knocked off Cincinnati, ensuring the Knights an American Athletic Conference title.
Here's how the BCS projections should stand after Friday's upset:
BCS Title Game: Florida State vs. Ohio State
Orange: Clemson vs. Alabama
Sugar: Auburn vs. Baylor
Big 12: Oklahoma State vs. UCF
Rose: Michigan State vs. Stanford