SI's Pete Thamel is reporting that sources indicate to him that NIU will make the BCS, probably pushing Baylor down the lineup of Big 12 bowl affiliations.
BREAKING: Northern Illinois vs Florida State is official in the Orange Bowl, according to a source.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) December 2, 2012
This news could push us down to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston. The idea that NIU deserves a BCS bowl game over OU is ridiculous.
If this news is true, things will probably work out as follows (opponents in parenthesis):
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State (Oregon?)
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma (SEC, possibly LSU, A&M, or Georgia)
Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas (Oregon State)
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Oklahoma State or TCU (Michigan State)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech or TCU (UCLA)
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Baylor or TCU (Minnesota)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia (Syracuse)
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Baylor or TCU (Purdue)
The latest projections from SB Nation have this as a disaster for us, putting us in the Liberty Bowl vs. Tulsa. We woke up this morning looking at a possible BWW matchup with Oregon State.