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December 2, 2012

Northern Illinois to play in Orange Bowl

MIAMI, Fla. —  —  Northern Illinois has busted the BCS, and is heading to the Orange Bowl.

The Mid-American champions (12-1) finished 15th in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. Finishing in the top 16 and ahead of a qualifying conference champion meant the Huskies were automatically BCS-bound, and they’ll play Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State (11-2) on Jan. 1 in Miami.

Northern Illinois actually finished ahead of two conference titlists, Big East winner Louisville and Big Ten champion Wisconsin.

The Huskies beat Kent State for the MAC title on Friday night.

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