They did have a big win over Kansas.
This isn't basketball. This isn't about Cinderellas. In basketball, everyone has a shot on the right day. That isn't the case in college football. This is about teams that deserve to play in bowl games. No MAC school has ever deserved to play in a BCS bowl game, and once they get killed by Florida State, I hope we all realize that there is a reason that no one watches MAC football. If you are talented enough you go to the Big10. You go to the SEC. You go to the Big12. MAC football is a waste of money and effort on the budgets of small schools, who could be doing so much more with that money.
Although I am sure it is a good thing that NIU is required to buy 17,500 tickets to the game, when they couldn't even get that many people to see them during the year..... what a joke.
P.S. You should have to win 8 games to get to play in a bowl game. Winning half your games should not make you eligible for a bowl. You should have to win 2/3rd of your games or beat X number of ranked opponents. You beat 3 ranked opponents you are eligible. You get 8 wins you are eligible. All the rest of you, try harder next year.