OU coach Bob Stoops still upset about NIU's BCS bid

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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops still has a little bit of a sour taste in his mouth when it comes to how the BCS selections played out.

When Northern Illinois finished in the top 16 of the BCS the final week of the regular season, the Huskies effectively stole a BCS slot from the Sooners, who were 10-2 before losing, 41-13, to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

Most likely, Oklahoma would have gotten a shot to play Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Instead it was NIU who got its first BCS bid. And it happened despite the fact four Big 12 coaches, including Stoops, had the Huskies 19th or worse in the USA Today Coaches Poll which came out before the bowl games. Stoops had the Huskies 24th.

According to the Tulsa World, Stoops didn't seem too happy NIU was able to earn a BCS bid as a one-loss team from the Mid-American Conference when speaking to reporters Jan. 11.

"In the end, Iowa (who finished 4-8 and beat the Huskies, 18-17, Week 1) had a difficult year, and here they (NIU) lose to them and go on and play a bunch of teams that we'd all love to play," Stoops said. "To me, that's not valuing strength of schedule enough."

- Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter


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