The NIU football team heads for Miami today. The Huskies, who are ranked 15th in the nation, are preparing to play Florida State in the Orange Bowl New Year's Day. It's the first time a team from the Mid-American Conference will appear in a BCS game.
NIU may be an easy target to illustrate some frustration with the way the Bowl Championship Series are decided. Larger schools with winning records which have played bigger teams were left out. NIU plays in the Mid-American Conference, and a MAC team has never made it into a BCS bowl. But a lot of things had to go right for the Huskies to get the nod--and they did.
Matt Streb is familiar to WNIJ listeners as a political analyst. But Streb, who chairs NIU's political science department, is also a special adviser to student athletes.
Streb is one of 15 faculty athletics representatives to be honored this year by the National Football Foundation. According to NFF, the reps "played a critical role in the overall educational experience of our country’s student-athletes."