While the Northern Illinois Huskies are big underdogs for Tuesday's Orange Bowl game against the Florida State Seminoles, confidence isn't an issue for Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch. On Thursday, Lynch told Sporting News that NIU plans to beat the Seminoles, and do so convincingly.
"They're just like us. They're human, too. If you cut them, they bleed... We plan on wearing them down. In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knees, and then just keep pounding away."
Lynch didn't back down from his statements, calling it confidence, and was backed up by Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey:
"What's he supposed to say?" NIU coach Rod Carey "'Hey, we're just hoping we get a first down, a yard or two?' I mean, come on. That's the confidence. These guys expect that. And we're doing everything we can to make that happen."
While the Huskies expect to win, many would be surprised if they did. According to OddsShark, NIU are 14-point underdogs against Florida State.
After losing their opening game of the season, Northern Illinois won 12 consecutive games, including a double overtime win in the Mid-American Conference Championship Game against the Kent State Golden Flashes. Lynch led all quarterbacks in the nation with 1,771 yards rushing to go with 2,962 yards passing.