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Northern Illinois is Orange Bowl bound

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
Northern Illinois is on its way to Miami. (US Presswire)

MACtion is taking its insanity to South Beach.

Northern Illinois will be going to the Orange Bowl to face ACC champion Florida State. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel first reported the news.

Northern Illinois becomes only the fifth school outside of the AQ conferences to qualify for a BCS bowl and the first from the MAC. The other four schools are Boise State, TCU, Hawaii and Utah. Remarkably, in the seven BCS bowls those teams have appeared in they have a record of 5-2. And one of those losses was by TCU against Boise State in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl.

Northern Illinois is 12-1 this season and won its second straight MAC title on Friday night, defeating Kent State 44-37 in double overtime.

Offensive line coach/run game coordinator Rod Carey will coach the Huskies in the game after Dave Doeren accepted the head coaching position at North Carolina State. Carey was named as Northern Illinois' new head coach on Sunday.

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