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If it wasn’t for an 18-17 loss against Iowa on Sept. 1, the Huskies might have been coming to Miami with an undefeated record. Northern Illinois led Iowa by eight points with 10 minutes to play, then gave up the game-deciding touchdown with 2:15 left.
Florida State earned its Orange Bowl trip by topping Georgia Tech 21-15 in the ACC title game on Saturday night.
For Florida State, it’s the ninth trip to the Orange Bowl and the Seminoles’ first since the end of the 2005 season _ a triple-overtime defeat to Penn State, in a game that pitted Joe Paterno against Bobby Bowden.
The Seminoles have been in more Orange Bowls than Northern Illinois has been in bowls, period. This trip to Miami will be the eighth postseason game for the Huskies, who lost to South Florida in the International Bowl three seasons ago, then beat Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) and Arkansas State (GoDaddy.com Bowl) in the past two years.
The stakes are a tad higher this time around.
“This will go down as a seminal day in the history of our university and of our football program,” Northern Illinois athletic director Jeff Compher said.
The Huskies’ getting into the BCS mix came at Oklahoma’s expense.
Oklahoma (10-2) won a share of the Big 12 title and lost only to Kansas State and Notre Dame. Kansas State earned the Big 12’s automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl, but the Sooners seemed like a lock to get an at-large bid _ most likely to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to play Florida.
Instead, Louisville is going there to meet the Gators, and Oklahoma is on the outside looking in of the BCS picture despite finishing 11th in the final standings, ahead of four teams that will actually be playing in the biggest-money games.
The argument will rage for a while _ does a team that lost to Iowa, a Hawkeyes team which finished the year on a six-game losing streak, actually belong in the BCS?
Northern Illinois gets a chance to prove why or why not in four weeks.
“You don’t get in this game unless you’re a great football team,” Fisher said. “They’re a great football team. They’ve earned the right to be here.”
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