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Orange Bowl 2013: Northern Illinois arrives in Miami

The Northern Illinois Huskies arrived in Miami on Wednesday to prepare for their Orange Bowl battle against Florida State.

Dave Reginek

The Northern Illinois Huskies arrived in Miami on Wednesday to prepare for the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. Northern Illinois will take on Florida State in what will be the first ever BCS bowl game for a school from the Mid-American Conference.

The Huskies were happy to be in sunny Florida and away from the winter weather of DeKalb, Ill. Quarterback Jordan Lynch said, "It feels really good, nice weather. This is my first time in Florida and it kind of beats the snow and everything."

Coach Rod Carey knew his team was excited for the game based on how easy it was to get them all on the plane. "Anytime you can get college kids up at 5 a.m. and they're on time, you know they're pumped," Carey said.

Northern Illinois finished their season with 12 consecutive wins, beating Kent State for the MAC championship to finish 12-1, but are still heavy underdogs to the 11-2 ACC champion Seminoles.