Perhaps the biggest surprise in the BCS standings this week might be the emergence of Kent State. The Golden Flashes are No. 17 in the BCS standings and just five spots away from earning the non-AQ automatic berth. This is unprecedented because this is a Kent State program that is going to its first bowl game since 1972. It won 10 games for the first time and is about to play for its first conference championship in school history. And therein lies the problem. The Golden Flashes have to get past Northern Illinois — and have several teams above it drop — to get into a position for an automatic BCS bid. This is not an easy challenge.
Deal with it.