By my own little calculation that I just did.. Northern Illinois was the 24th best team in the country this year & if my "system" were to go with the BCS rules.. Northern Illinois would NOT have made the Orange Bowl & it wasn't even particularly close, as you can see.
But, I just want to point something out.. After 4 weeks of the season were up in the AP Poll, Oklahoma was #16. Guess who finished the year #16? You guessed it.. Northern Illinois. Not that it means much, but that is pretty strange.
One other thing that I find interesting is that Northern Illinois finished the season earning a 15 slot in the BCS Rankings while USC didn't even manage to secure a Top 25 slot. I would say that's pretty impressive for Northern Illinois. I'm not saying that they're better than Oklahoma or more deserving of the spot in the Orange Bowl than Oklahoma or some other team.. I'm just saying that for Northern Illinois, finishing ahead of USC ANY YEAR, much less a year where USC had National Title aspirations is a huge deal & so.. if they got rewarded for such a season.. I won't say too much against it.