Florida State planned to end the 2012 season in Miami at Sun Life Stadium. The Seminoles are just playing a week earlier then planned.
While the goal was to be playing for the national title, Florida State fell short. But the Seminoles have won an ACC championship, and they have a chance to capture the programs first BCS bowl win since 1999 on Tuesday night if they defeat Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.
Its not the matchup that most Florida State fans wanted. Ticket sales have been lukewarm. Analysts have panned the matchup, and Vegas oddsmakers placed Florida State as a 13-point favorite.
But the game has some interesting storylines beyond the obvious David vs. Goliath plotline.
Theres a new coach at Northern Illinois in Rod Carey and a fill-in defensive coordinator at Florida State in D.J. Eliot.
Theres Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, who has more offensive yards this year than anyone else in the nation, going up against a Florida State defense thats among t...