Florida State Seminoles vs. Northern Illinois Huskies: Gameday Central

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EJ Manuel tries to win his 3rd bowl start tonight and his 4th bowl game as a major contributor at QB, both which would be a Nole QB firsts.

At 8:30pm EST tonight, Florida State will attempt to do something it has achieved 3 times as a program but not since 1996: Win the Orange Bowl.

The Huskies are athletic, experienced, and apparently full of bravado. With DJ Eliot at the helm of the FSU defense, will we see some more standard and passing down blitzes? Or perhaps a heavy dose of C3 zone, goading Lynch into throws or poor pocket escape routes? Or perhaps FSU will just man-up any of NIU's spread looks and wait?

On offense for FSU, the Huskies get a lot of sacks from its defensive line, with 35 of its 38 sacks on the season coming from defensive linemen. Can the offensive line neutralize the NIU pass rush? Can EJ neutralize his B-button spin move and successfully escape a collapsing pocket at the right time?

We'll find out tonight.

Noon/afternoon game thread

12:00pm EST Mississippi State vs #20 Northwestern ESPN2/WatchESPN

12:00pm EST Purdue vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU/WatchESPN

1:00pm EST #10 South Carolina vs. #18 Michigan ESPN/WatchESPN

1:00pm EST #7 Georgia vs. #16 Nebraska ABC

5:00pm EST Wisconsin vs. #6 Stanford ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30pm EST #15 Northern Illinois vs. #13 Florida State

1st Quarter Thread

2nd Quarter / Halftime Thread

3rd Quarter Thread

4th Quarter Thread

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