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Northern Illinois has distributed more Orange Bowl tickets than Florida State

Despite the fact that the Orange Bowl is held in Florida, Northern Illinois has distributed more tickets so far than Florida State has.

Mike Ehrmann

Though many may be disappointed that the Northern Illinois Huskies are playing in a BCS bowl game, and not, say, the Oklahoma Sooners or Texas A&M Aggies, Huskies fans are certainly making up for others' disappointment. Despite the fact that the Orange Bowl is played in the state of Florida, the Huskies have distributed more tickets for the Orange Bowl than the Florida State Seminoles have -- so far.

According to WCTV in Tallahassee, Fla., as of Monday, Florida State had only sold about 4,000 of its 17,500 ticket allotment despite cutting ticket prices in half. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois had distributed 5,500 tickets, partially boosted by giving students free tickets to the game.

Undoubtedly, there will be a strong Seminoles contingent in attendance at the game, as Seminoles fans can purchase tickets on StubHub at a relatively cheap price, and they won't have to go through the school in order to purchase from StubHub.

Still, it's good to see that Northern Illinois is, at the least, distributing a fair number of tickets so far. An opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game is extremely rare for a school like Northern Illinois, and its fanbase should be doing everything it can to attend the game -- if they can.

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