You wouldn't like Jordan Lynch when he's angry.
The Northern Illinois star quarterback—and the rest of his team—has received a lot of disrespect after being selected to play in the Discover Orange Bowl against Florida State, but according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman, the Huskies now have even more motivation for their New Year's night matchup:
“You guys [NIU] don't even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep said to the NIU staffer. “We didn't even want you here.”
According to a source, the exchange took place the other night in a hospitality suite. The Orange Bowl rep had compared NIU to Duke, the source said, and the NIU rep responded by pointing out that the Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, have been to bowl games in five consecutive seasons. The conversation escalated from there, the source said.
How about that for hospitality?
This contest has been the center of controversy ever since it was announced in early December.
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit almost blew a gasket when he went on his rant about why Northern Illinois shouldn't be in a BCS bowl, while several others have bashed the Huskies in similar fashion.
Nonetheless, despite the constant negativity, Dave Doeren's squad has kept on truckin'. After losing to Iowa to start the season, the Huskies reeled off 12 straight wins, won the MAC, finished the season at No. 15 and earned a BCS berth according to the rulebook.
Some may believe those rules need to be changed, and that may be true, but there's nothing we can do about it now.
Nonetheless, I can guarantee you the Huskies don't think twice about the criticism. Instead, they will only continue to harness the doubts into motivation. We saw it when Utah beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in 2009 and when Boise State beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in 2007.
Rather than complaining, let's just sit back and see if Lynch and the Huskies can prove just about everyone—including the representative of the very bowl they will be participating in—wrong against Florida State on Tuesday night.