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Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois has sold 5,500 tickets

NIU has outsold Florida State, its opponent in the Orange Bowl, by 1,500 tickets so far.

Dave Reginek

Northern Illinois, the BCS-busting surprise of the 2012 college football season, has sold roughly 5,500 tickets to the Orange Bowl, according to a report on KnoxNews.com.

Despite the game being held in Miami, roughly a seven-hour drive from Florida State's campus, Northern Illinois has outsold Florida State in regards to tickets so far, with Seminoles' fans only picking up 4,000 tickets. Both schools have been allotted 17,500 tickets for the game, which will be played in Sun Life Stadium.

Northern Illinois is in its first BCS game in history and is the first MAC team to ever earn an elusive BCS bid. The Huskies finished the season as MAC champions with a 12-1 record. Florida State, meanwhile, earned its first BCS bid in seven years after winning the ACC and finishing with an 11-2 record.

The Orange Bowl will be played on New Years Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

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