The Northern Illinois Huskies from the MAC conference will face the Florida St Seminoles from the ACC conference in the Orange Bowl in an NCAA college football game on Tuesday night January 1st. Kick off time from Miami Florida is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds opened up in the Orange Bowl with the Florida St Seminoles favored by -13 points with an over under line of 58 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the side of the ACC conference club as Florida St is now favored by -13 ½ points. The total has moved down a ½ point to 58 points.
There has been no recent meeting from college football between the Seminoles and Huskies. CFB Trend: Northern Illinois Huskies are 7-1-1 ATS in their past nine games.
Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl with a record of 12-1 on the season. They are 6-0 away from home and have a spread record of 9-2-2. They qualified into the Orange Bowl as an at large team based on the BCS ranking at the conclusion of the regular season. Their only loss of the year came in week one as they drop a home game to Iowa 18-17 as a +7 ½ point underdog. They struggled to beat Army on the road 41-40 and beat Kansas 30-23 at home as a -7 point favorite on September 22nd. Their non-conference wins were unimpressive. The Huskies beat up the MAC conference and that’s how they built their resume to play in the Orange Bowl. The Huskies bring the 15th ranked offense into the Orange Bowl as the team averages 485 yards a game. They score 40 points a game and allow just 19. On defense they are a top third unit against both the pass and run. Quarterback Jordon Lynch a junior completed 63% of his throws with 24 touchdowns and 5 picks. He also led the team in rushing with 1771 yards.
Florida St plays in the Orange Bowl with a mark of 11-2 on the year. The team went 5-1 away from home. The two losses on the season came against North Carolina St on the road and home to Florida. They qualify for the Orange Bowl off a 21-15 win in the ACC title game against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles has one notable win this year beating Clemson 49-37 at home in week four as a -14 ½ point favorite. The team is a very good defense ranking second in the nation by allowing 253 yards a game. They rank in the top five in pass and in run defense. Florida St averages 40 points a game and allows just 15. Offensively they bring a balanced attack rushing for 203 yards and passing for 262 yards per game. Senior quarterback E.J. Manuel completed 68% of his throws with 22 touchdowns and 10 picks.