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When: January 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET
There's no doubt the matchup of Florida State and Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl is one of the most controversial pairings in BCS bowl history.
Northern Illinois earns an automatic bid despite being a one-loss team from the MAC by virtue of a Top 16 finish in the BCS standings that finished over a conference champion from one of the automatic qualifier conferences. Makes perfect sense, right?
Whether it deserves the BCS or not, the Huskies have had a great season. Head coach Dave Doeren is off to NC State, but quarterback Jordan Lynch will be there and that gives the Huskies a chance. The junior quarterback is the nation's leading rusher with 1,771 yards rushing and added over 2,900 passing yards to boot.
Putting Northern Illinois to the test will be Florida State, who has defined dominance this season. The Seminoles are ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense and 14th in points per game on offense. That's a complete team.
The Huskies' presence in this game will irk plenty of fans. Those who want to see the Huskies get blown out shouldn't be disappointed. Jordan Lynch and the offense are great, but they have seen a defense as athletic and fast as the one they will see in this game. This could get ugly.
Prediction: Florida State 38, Northern Illinois 14