Offense: Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Florida State is favored by double digits over Northern Illinois, a fact that the Huskies are sure to use as motivation heading into their Orange Bowl tilt.
While defense has been the Seminoles' calling card this season, the play of Freeman will be pivotal to this contest.
NIU is going to keep this closer than you might think, and FSU quarterback EJ Manuel has been less than consistent at times.
Freeman, however, needs a great game for the Seminoles in order for them to even come close to beating NIU by two touchdowns.
The Huskies' run defense has given up only 139 yards on the ground per game, but it has yet to face a team with the physicality along the offensive line that the 'Noles boast.
Freeman will have a monster day, scoring at least twice.
Defense: Bjoern Werner, DL, Florida State
When discussing the best defensive linemen in the nation, Werner has to be near the top.
The man has registered 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss on the season, and he spent the year terrorizing offenses.
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch led the nation in rushing, and containing him is going to be key.
The man that can do that well is Werner.