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Northern Illinois Huskies coach Rod Carey says team will prepare normally for Orange Bowl

Despite turnover ahead of the biggest game in school history, Northern Illinois will prepare for the Orange Bowl as if it's a regular game.

Dave Reginek

The Northern Illinois Huskies are prepping for the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles under a cloud of change after head coach Dave Doeren accepted the top job at North Carolina State. But new head coach Rod Carey, who was promoted from offensive coordinator, says that the team will try and not miss a beat as it readies itself for the biggest game in school history.

"[We are going to] do what we do and be ourselves, that is what we're trying to do. [That's] how we're going to go about getting ready because that's what we've done all year, and to deviate from that would be a big problem.

(via CSN Chicago)

Carey told CSN Chicago's "Sports Talk" that is team doesn't feel like it needs outside motivation heading into the game, despite public backlash against the Huskies' inclusion in this year's BCS match ups. He also said that if it were up to him, college football would have a 16-team playoff to decide its national champion.

The 2012 Orange Bowl will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 4, 2013. Kickoff between the Huskies and the ACC champion Seminoles is set for 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.