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Northern Illinois is the surprise of the post season after receiving an invite to the Orange Bowl to face the Florida State Seminoles. Now, in order to help ensure that their school’s turnout at the game is good, the university is giving away tickets to any student who will head to the game. This isn’t out of the norm for Northern Illinois explains associate AD Donna Turner: “It’s fairly standard for us to offer free tickets to students,” Turner said. “This is something that is extremely important to us. When the (bowl) came about, it didn’t take us long to make tickets free as well.” The school has also provided tickets for bowl games and the MAC Championship game for the last few years. [ESPN Chicago] Related Posts BCS Games Announced: MAC Champion Northern Illinois to play Florida State in Orange Bowl Northern Illinois receiver Martel Moore had a spectacular catch against Iowa [GIF] West Virginia spent $1.2 Million on Orange Bowl
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Northern Illinois' BCS Berth in the Orange Bowl to face ACC Champion Florida State was not too surprising to me. I had them projected in early morning hours on Sunday in contradiction to projections of ESPN and CBS. ESPN analysts seemed shocked and angered, especially Kirk Herbstreit. Northern Illinois became the first MAC team to earn a BCS Bowl berth.On the ESPN BCS Selection...
ESPN’s college football analysts used their platform during Sunday evening’s BCS Selection Show to let America know that they were none too happy about Northern Illinois, a one-loss MAC team, playing in the Orange Bowl. The normally reasonable Kirk Herbstreit said, “The fact that Northern Illinois is in the BCS in 2012 is really a sad state for college football and where we...
It is safe to say ESPN did not handle the fact Northern Illinois clinched an automatic spot in the BCS with what you and I would call class. I would highly advise you to check out Matt Yoder’s rant and reaction on Awful Announcing, because quite honestly that sums up my reaction as well as anybody’s to the initial response form some of ESPN’s college football analysts.