NIU has emerged from the shadows of the top conferences to rank among the best schools in the country, netting a bid to the Orange Bowl New Year's Day, where they will take on Florida State.
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MIAMI (AP) -- What a weekend for Northern Illinois: Win a conference championship, lose a coach and bust the BCS.
So much for that peace and quiet.
Brian Kelly was alone in voting Notre Dame No. 1 a week ago. He has plenty of company this week.