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NIU to Orange Bowl, Big Ten lineup set

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         Northern Illinois will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

         NIU qualified for an automatic BCS-bowl berth by finishing in the top 16 of the BCS standings. They are the first Mid-American Conference school to receive a BCS berth.

         The Huskies (12-1) will be a big underdog vs. the Seminoles, but should attract national attention as a small school that will have a rare opportunity to play on a big stage. NIU's only loss was to Iowa 18-17 at Soldier Field.

         Also, the Big Ten seven bowl-bound teams now have confirmed their destinations.

         Stanford is confirmed as Wisconsin's Rose Bowl opponent in a battle of legue champions. Georgia will play Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in a matchup of league championship-game losers. Northwestern will face Mississippi State. 



Rose: Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Capital One: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Outback: Michigan vs. South Carolina

Gator: Northwestern vs. Mississippi State

Buffalo Wild Wings: Michigan State vs. TCU

Meineke Car Care: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

Heart of Dallas: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State




BCS: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Rose: Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Fiesta: Kansas State vs. Oregon

Sugar: Florida vs. Louisville

Orange: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State





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