Don't Sleep On Northern Illinois Huskies In Orange Bowl

By Andy Schmidt
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past week, there has been a lot of talk revolving around the selection of the Northern Illinois Huskies for the BCS and the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day. There have been analysts that say that NIU doesn’t deserve to be in this game, and that they don’t have a marquee resume. The biggest thing that the analysts seem to be overlooking is the talent of NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch.

Lynch has been arguably one of the top ten quarterbacks in the country during the 2012 season where the Huskies finished 12-1 and with a Mid-American Conference title. Lynch has the rushing ability and passing accuracy to keep NIU in the football game against the Florida State Seminoles. It is obvious that NIU is an underdog in this game with the pedigree that Florida State has; I wouldn’t be shocked though if the Huskies make this a very interesting game to watch, or even pull off the upset.

It is very possible that the Seminoles don’t get up for this game thinking that they have a cakewalk against a MAC school that everyone has been pounding into their heads isn’t good enough to be here. Did anyone think that the Boise State Broncos had a chance in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners? I know I didn’t think they did, but was surprised as the game went on and Boise State ended up winning that game. I’m just saying that sleeping on Northern Illinois and discounting them is a very bad idea.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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