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Predictions For Betting On Discover Orange Bowl – MAC Champions Try To Prove They Belong Versus Florida State In Discover Orange Bowl

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/25/2012 7:28:47 PM

The No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies surprised the sports betting experts as BCS busters this season, riding the nation’s ninth-ranked scoring offense to an undefeated season in the MAC and qualifying for the Discover Orange Bowl. While the Huskies certainly deserve credit for what they were able to accomplish, a relatively mediocre schedule that included a double-overtime win over the lone ranked opponent on its schedule did little to convince college football fans that Northern Illinois deserved this opportunity. The No. 12 Florida State Seminoles certainly earned their chance with an ACC Championship, and are now expected to prove to the world why most fans think the Huskies don’t deserve to be in this spot.

Discover Orange Bowl
(15) Northern Illinois Huskies vs. (12) Florida State Seminoles
Tuesday January 1, 2012 – 8:30 PM ET
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
College Football Betting Line: Florida State – 13

The Seminoles ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense, winning 11 of 13 games including a 12-point victory over the Clemson Tigers earlier in what was an impressive ACC Championship season. Losses to North Carolina State and state-rivals Florida kept Florida State from challenging for a BCS Championship game slot, and now they will look to take their frustrations out on the Huskies.

College Football Betting Preview: Northern Illinois

There was a ton of controversy surrounding Northern Illinois’ first BCS bowl selection, riding a school-record 21 wins in 22 games and coming off a second-straight MAC title to become the first MAC school to earn a BCS selection. While the last three non-BCS conference schools to qualify for a bowl game have all won, the Huskies face an uphill battle with junior quarterback Jordan Lynch expected to lead the way. Lynch threw for 2,962 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 1,771 yards and 19 scores, and will once again be the key to Northern Illinois’ explosive attack.

College Football Betting Preview: Florida State

The Seminoles’ defense will try and do what they have all season against Lynch and company, which is pound away and keep them from getting on the scoreboard. Florida State ranked seventh in the nation with just 15.1 points allowed per game, with a tough loss to Florida the only instance in which they gave up more than 22 points. The running back tandem of Chris Thompson and Devonta Freeman is also lethal, as they rushed for over 1,300 combined yards and 13 total touchdowns, while senior quarterback EJ Manuel showed progress throughout an online betting season in which he finished with 3,101 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

College Football Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

There is no doubt that Northern Illinois deserved recognition for what it accomplished this season, but whether or not they deserved a spot in the Orange Bowl is something that a lot of critics have voiced their opinion against. Florida State has dominated on both sides of the ball at times this season, and if they can slow down the Huskies’ offense they should be able to cover the number.

College Football Betting Pick: Florida State Seminoles

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