Busted! Northern Illinois meets FSU in Orange BowlMIAMI (AP) - Northern Illinois has busted the BCS, and is heading to the Orange Bowl.
The Mid-American champions (12-1) finished 15th in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. Finishing in the top 16 and ahead of a qualifying conference champion meant the Huskies were automatically BCS-bound, and they'll play Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State (11-2) on Jan. 1 in Miami.
Northern Illinois actually finished ahead of two conference titlists, Big East winner Louisville and Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
The Huskies beat Kent State for the MAC title on Friday night.
Dave Doeren will not coach the Huskies in the Orange Bowl. He was hired Saturday as the new coach at North Carolina State.
Northern Illinois promotes Carey to head coach
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Northern Illinois has promoted offensive coordinator Rod Carey to head coach, replacing the departed Dave Doeren.
The school announced the move yesterday - the same day it accepted an invitation to the Orange Bowl. Doeren was hired Saturday by North Carolina State to replace the fired Tom O'Brien after leading NIU (12-1) to Mid-American Conference championships in each of his two seasons.
The Huskies were 23-4 with a 17-1 record in conference play under him. Now, they're turning to Carey, who will make his debut against ACC champion Florida State.
He has spent two years on the staff and moved up from line coach to coordinator after the first game this year when Mike Dunbar left the team for health reasons.
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