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Florida State wins by 40-plus
Sorry, Northern Illinois, you won't find any respect here. Look, we all get it—a 12-win season is impressive, but it's not against the same caliber of competition that even Florida State (easy schedule and all) had to face.
Not to mention Northern Illinois is playing this game without Dave Doeren as its head coach. Oh Mylanta, this isn't going to end pretty. EJ Manuel and the athleticism of Florida State will shine in the Orange Bowl, and the Seminoles will put a 40-plus beating on Northern Illinois.
Bjoern Werner will have 3 sacks
The Orange Bowl might as well be renamed the Bjoern Werner show. Come on, don't act like you haven't heard of this guy.
Werner racked up 13 sacks in 2012, and on Jan. 1, he'll have a lot of fun chasing Jordan Lynch around in the backfield.
Jordan Lynch throws two interceptions
For those who don't know Lynch, the Northern Illinois quarterback is very exciting to watch. He's like a poor man's Johnny Manziel.
Seriously, all kidding aside, this is a very athletic quarterback. But he hasn't faced a defense like Florida State's, and that should force him into making mistakes he normally doesn't make.
Lynch has a remarkable 43 total touchdowns and only five interceptions in 2012, but the beginning of 2013 should be a totally different story, as Lynch will throw two interceptions against the Seminoles.