Found December 28, 2012 on Football Nation:
Remember when Boise State beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl (2007) or Utah beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl (2009)? Even West Virginia's shellacking of Clemson in the Orange Bowl last season was beyond the imaginings of all but the most zealous Mountaineer fan. The point being, in the fourteen year (as of last season) history of the BCS, there are both non-BCS and BCS teams punching above their weight. Northern Illinois upset many an apple cart this season when they received an Orange Bowl bid at the expense of Oklahoma, and caused an uproar (see Herbstreit, Kirk) unseen before in BCS history. Of course, this will all be academic when the Huskies top the Seminoles - here are five reasons why:

Coaching shake-ups affect both FSU, NIU

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FSU's Werner ready for Orange Bowl challenge

Bjoern Werner is rare. The Florida State star defensive end is a married college student, already going on three years of wedded bliss. He's a German-born All-American. He ended the regular season with 13 sacks, second-most in the nation. To think his story started in Berlin, thanks to a long-lost friend named Mirko and some ''weird guys'' at his school who...

Plenty of work to do for FSU after win

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida State seems to be using a road map similar to last year, when it overcame a rocky start en route to the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference championship. But what will the final destination this year? FSU used a strong second-half performance Saturday to earn an 82-63 victory against Tulsa in the first game of the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB...
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