DeKALB – For the second time this season, the Northern Illinois football team is battling a college football blue blood, as coach Rod Carey put it.
After starting the season with a trip to Iowa, the Huskies travel south to play Florida State on Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl.
The Huskies added the game last year, dropping a scheduled date with Idaho for the $1.6 million payout the Seminoles gave. But Carey said business decisions aren’t the focus for the team.
“Now it’s all about the competition, and our guys are excited about the opportunity to go down and play one of the blue bloods,” Carey said. “We’ve done this before in my time here. We’ve obviously played Iowa twice, Ohio State, Nebraska and now Florida State for a second time. We’ve taken on some of the blue bloods before, and it’s a great opportunity. Our guys are excited about it, coaches are excited about it. How can you not get excited about something like this? It’s a great venue, one of college football’s best venues, and one of the great historic programs.”