Northern Illinois has earned the MAC's first BCS bid and that is a big deal, in and of itself. Now, they are taking on the Florida State Seminoles, the top team out of the ACC. Dave Doeren, the former head coach of the Huskies, has left for NC State. Now, led by standout quarterback Jordan Lynch, NIU will try to beat Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles.
Lynch had a stellar year, and he even garnered some late Heisman support for his efforts. His counterpart, Florida State's EJ Manuel, had a less-than-amazing season and now looks to put some good images in NFL scouts' heads as the Seminoles return to the BCS spotlight.
This game is not exactly sexy from a national perspective, but the Seminoles will take a win any way they can get it. It has been seven years since Bobby Bowden's Seminoles lost to Penn State in triple over time at the Orange Bowl; the fans are hungry for a big win.
So, can Northern Illinois pull off the upset? Will Florida State get the effort they need from the offense to put Northern Illinois away quickly? This episode of The Program comes to you from Sun Life Stadium, the site of January's Orange Bowl.