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Top 25 of 2012: Orange Bowl!

December 30, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 1

On Dec. 2, the 12-1 Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois University football team became the first Mid American Conference Team to earn a bid to a Bowl Championship Series bowl game, when they were invited to meet ACC Champion Florida State in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.NIU football fans show their Orange Bowl excitement during the Dec. 5 pep rally.

Northern Illinois earned its nation-leading 12th straight victory with a 44-37 double overtime victory over #17 (BCS) Kent State, 44-37, in the Marathon MAC Championship game in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 30.

The win elevated the Huskies to a No. 16 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Polls, and put one of the winningest programs in the nation over the last three years into BCS consideration for the first time in school history.

The complete story can be found here.