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Orange Bowl 2012: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois Info, Predictions and More

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Orange Bowl 2012: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois Info, Predictions and More
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It's safe to assume that none of us saw this coming before the weekend started.

With Nebraska's beating by Wisconsin, as well as UCLA and Kent State losing, the door opened for MAC champion Northern Illinois to sneak into the Orange Bowl.

Not exactly the team most of us had in mind as BCS busters at the beginning of the season.

The Huskies (12-1) capped off the season with a dramatic overtime victory over Kent State, the team many had tabbed with the best shot of any non-automatic qualifying team to make a BCS game.

That win, coupled with some unexpected losses and some help from the AP voters, has catapulted Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl to face ACC champion Florida State (11-2).

The Huskies will be a major underdog, but feature quarterback Jordan Lynch, who not only can throw the ball, but broke Denard Robinson's record for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback, with 1,771 yards going into this game.

In a matchup that is about as likely as a snowstorm in San Diego, NIU will play this game without head coach Dave Doeren, who has accepted the head coaching position at N.C. State.

Florida State and head coach Jimbo Fisher are likely salivating at the prospect of facing NIU, but the Huskies will be surprisingly difficult to contain on offense, guaranteed.

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