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Northern Illinois has been fighting an uphill battle ever since it was announced that they were selected to participate in the Discover Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. Many in the media were aghast about their inclusion at the expense of other BCS conference teams, like Kirk Herbstreit, who ranted plenty. NIU is even trying to gain respect to those hosting the event. According to a source for Bruce Feldman at CBSSports.com, an odd and unexpected exchange took place inside a hospitality suite in the lead up to Monday night’s game. An Orange Bowl rep was speaking with a member of the NIU and informed them about how they all felt about having them play in the game: “You guys [NIU] don’t even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep said to the NIU staffer. “We didn’t even want you here.” The Orange Bowl rep had compared NIU to Duke, the source said, and the NIU rep responded by pointing out that the Huskies, who are riding a 12-game winning streak, have been to bowl games in five consecutive seasons. The conversation escalated from there, the source said. FSU enters the game as a 14-point favorite, and this [...]
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