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SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
https://www.si.com/college-football/2018...=si-ncaafb

A question by our very own "7" got answered about a hypothetical NIU running the table in 2018 and what it would take for a mid major to get in.


Obviously unlikely and "we" shouldn't look past Iowa but it's fun to speculate.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
When you have an OOC schedule like this year’s for NIU, you’ll have a chance for a national championship if undefeated. Perfect scheduling.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 03:58 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  When you have an OOC schedule like this year’s for NIU, you’ll have a chance for a national championship if undefeated. Perfect scheduling.

Yet people want to play Idaho and a Blue Hose.
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SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 06:08 PM)Big_Man Wrote:  
(05-10-2018 03:58 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  When you have an OOC schedule like this year’s for NIU, you’ll have a chance for a national championship if undefeated. Perfect scheduling.

Yet people want to play Idaho and a Blue Hose.


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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

I’d rather the Huskies lose the Orange Bowl than lose the Pointsetta Bowl.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 09:47 PM)timxlydon Wrote:  
(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

I’d rather the Huskies lose the Orange Bowl than lose the Pointsetta Bowl.

+1

...and Northwestern + U of Illinois fans can watch us lose another Orange Bowl, with jealousy, since their own teams usually get squat post season fun.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-10-2018 09:47 PM)timxlydon Wrote:  
(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

I’d rather the Huskies lose the Orange Bowl than lose the Pointsetta Bowl.

X2.

Who wouldn’t?
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(05-10-2018 07:58 PM)PrideinthePack2 Wrote:  They would lose the bowl game even if they ran the table in the regular season.

Maybe. But this schedule would be the difference from those teams in the past. 2012-2014, NIU had damn near the weakest schedules in the country. I.e. they were over valued. There's maybe 1 quality win over those 3 years. You'd have 3, maybe 4 in this schedule alone. It won't happen, but if it did, you'd know this team is truly worthy of a good bowl. Unlike the past ones.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
..."mac is the weakest conference.."? When did this become fact?
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(05-11-2018 10:55 AM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  ..."mac is the weakest conference.."? When did this become fact?

I mean....is it not?
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(05-11-2018 12:11 PM)clcfball11 Wrote:  
(05-11-2018 10:55 AM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  ..."mac is the weakest conference.."? When did this become fact?

I mean....is it not?

We're not the SEC, but never heard it spewed out as concrete scientific fact.

Some years we're certainly equal to or ahead of the Sun Belt, Conference USA, at the very least...
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-11-2018 12:26 PM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  
(05-11-2018 12:11 PM)clcfball11 Wrote:  
(05-11-2018 10:55 AM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  ..."mac is the weakest conference.."? When did this become fact?

I mean....is it not?

We're not the SEC, but never heard it spewed out as concrete scientific fact.

Some years we're certainly equal to or ahead of the Sun Belt, Conference USA, at the very least...

Out of 12 teams, only 5 of the MAC football teams had a winning record last season . Also you can blame these guys for our lack of respect :Bowling Green only won 2 games. Ball State won 0 games, Kent State won 1 , Eastern Michigan won 3. Our bottom feeders really drag us down as a conference. Also we get rocked in Bowl games. Remember when Bowling Green was good? Hopefully the incoming talent can boost the profile of our league......
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-11-2018 12:11 PM)clcfball11 Wrote:  
(05-11-2018 10:55 AM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  ..."mac is the weakest conference.."? When did this become fact?

I mean....is it not?

Yea, the MAC is bad. Thats why I feel like each year to get any type of respect we need to at least go 2-2 in our non-conf. When we consistently have 3-4 teams in the bottom 10 ranking each week it is really pathetic.
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Plus, the MAC has difficulty beating teams in bowl games, including the Sun Belt. The MAC is pathetically scraping the bottom of the barrel.

So, in summary, you have several conference teams at or near the bottom of the rankings, difficulty in winning bowl games, and miserably low attendance due to an extremely apathetic or even non-existent fan base, which is exacerbated by the November midweek night games. There is nothing good about the conference.
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
So You're Saying There's a chance?!
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RE: SI Mailbag: Northern Illinois' path to the playoff
(05-11-2018 01:34 PM)Dog Fan Wrote:  Plus, the MAC has difficulty beating teams in bowl games, including the Sun Belt. The MAC is pathetically scraping the bottom of the barrel.

So, in summary, you have several conference teams at or near the bottom of the rankings, difficulty in winning bowl games, and miserably low attendance due to an extremely apathetic or even non-existent fan base, which is exacerbated by the November midweek night games. There is nothing good about the conference.

Bus costs < Plane costs...that's where the good ends for NIU in the MAC...unfortunately
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We beaten Nebraska and Alabama who are winners of multiple championships - we can win it!
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