According to Bruce Feldman and CBS Sports, an Orange Bowl representative told Northern Illinois that the Huskies football team did not belong in the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. The representative did not pull his punches either. This is what Bruce Feldman had his sources say:
“You guys [NIU] don’t even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep said to the NIU staffer. “We didn’t even want you here.”
According to a source, the exchange took place the other night in a hospitality suite. The Orange Bowl rep had compared NIU to Duke. The NIU rep responded by pointing out that the Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, have been to bowl games in five consecutive seasons. The conversation escalated from there, the source says.
As if the 12-1 Northern Illinois Huskies didn’t have enough motivation to beat the FSU Seminoles. This makes it personal. Jordan Lynch already called out Florida State’s defense saying they bleed just like everyone else. Florida State already lost to the Florida Gators and the NC State Wolfpack. If NIU were to win the Orange Bowl, it would be an epic moment in sports.